Former TT rider Rodney Gooch has been appointed motorcycle co-ordinator at Castle Combe Circuit, near Chippenham.

Mr Gooch, who competed during the late 1960s and early 1970s, has worked with Castle Combe Circuit for over 22 years as sales and marketing director responsible for most sales and marketing activities.

This new part-time role will give the circuit a dedicated motorcycle specialist for the first time.

The annual Castle Combe Circuit race meeting will take place next year on  Saturday and Sunday, June 21 and 22, and it is hoped will develop into one of the largest motorcycle race meetings outside of the British Superbike Championship.

The circuit is thought to have been the first to organise directly-run motorcycle track days almost 20 years ago and has developed rider safety training days, the now well established BikeSafe and Castle Combe Track Day event in April and also plays host to various manufacturer and major dealer private track events and specialist race development days.

Already backed by partners including Fowlers Motorcycles, MCD Insurance, BLD, Somerset Road Safety and Avon Tyres, one of Mr Gooch's responsibilities will be to strengthen these ties and to bring in new partners.

Mr Gooch said: "It will be ten years since we ran the Castle Combe Superbike Grand National, the biggest event in Castle Combe's history, and I will be working hard to make the 2014 two day event run by the NG Road Racing Club an event that riders want to come to compete in and spectators want to come to see and to grow the event into the largest race meeting outside of BSB.

"We are fortunate having a great range of motorcycle partners and I am already in discussion with others to further widen the motorcycle activities at the circuit."

For further information contact the circuit office on (01249) 782417 or email

Full details of all events can be found on the Castle Combe website at

Rodney Gooch can be contacted at Castle Combe Circuit Ltd., Castle Combe, Chippenham, SN14 7EY.