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Proposed World Superbike racing circuit put up for sale by developers

Artist’s impression of circuit in Co Tyrone
Artist’s impression of circuit in Co Tyrone
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

The Coalisland racing circuit that was set to host World Superbike races has been put up for sale after issues in the building process.

The racing circuit at Lake Torrent was set to be part of the 2019 World Superbike calendar, which would see some of the world's top racers - including Northern Ireland's own Jonathan Rea - compete for glory.

However, that will not happen as the circuit is not yet complete following problems during construction, which saw issues flagged up during the planning process, with receivers then appointed and the circuit going into receivership in October 2018.

Manna Developments Ltd. had been given planning permission by the Mid-Ulster District Council in August 2017 on the proviso that the circuit would host several high profile racing events each year.

These stipulations would have been met by welcoming four major touring car and motorbike races to the 57-acre circuit. The plan had also included a 3.59km circuit, pit garages, a spectator gallery, hospitality facilities and new access and public link roads.

But now the future of the track has been thrown into further doubt having been put up for sale, with buyers not guaranteed to see through the rest of the project.

Administrators from restructuring firm Keenan CF told BBC Sport NI: "The sale of this site represents a unique opportunity to own an extensive land holding in Coalisland and work with Mid Ulster District Council and other key stakeholders to regenerate the land for the benefit of the local economy."

Dave Henderson of Manna Developments had said back in October 2018 that they were determined to see it through, but it will not be them who will continue the ambitious project on.

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