A CHESHIRE racetrack has made a range of improvements ahead of a new motorsport season.

Among the improvements made on track to improve safety at Oulton Park in Little Budworth, Tarporley, more than £6,500 has been spent on medical equipment to improve support for those using the circuit and those attending as spectators.

Significant changes to the circuit itself include extensive Armco barrier upgrades at a number of locations, with renewal of the tyre walls around the track and safety upgrades to marshal post fencing.

Other key projects focussing on more targeted sections of the venue include the installation of a new gravel bed at the first turn, Old Hall.

This has been designed to reduce the chance of impact with the outside barrier, whilst still allowing competitors to run wide with an opportunity to rejoin.

The run-off area on the exit of Cascades is being improved too, whilst new Vallelunga kerbs have been placed at the exit of Brittens and on the approach to Hilltop.

The venue will also benefit from the use of a new tractor for maintenance and grounds work this year, whilst a new zero turn mower and flatbed truck have joined the support vehicle fleet.

Two new track toilets have also been installed for the marshals, improving facilities for those working trackside as volunteers during race events.

Oulton Park circuit manager, Jon Rush, said: “It’s been another busy winter for us here at Oulton Park as we prepare for what should be an excellent season of motorsport.

"We’ve made some pretty significant changes to the circuit itself, both with a more general overhaul of the trackside barriers and tyre walls and some larger projects centred around key areas.

"We’ve invested heavily in some of the more behind the scenes aspects of how the venue operates too and we’re in a very strong position for the rest of the year.”