Investigation launched after ERC is called off
Updated 10:10pm Sunday 23rd March 2014 in Sport
SWINDON riders Troy Batchelor and Peter Kildemand will have to wait a few more days for their first competitive action after this evening's Elite Riders' Championship at Coventry was postponed.
With nearly an hour to go before the scheduled start of the meeting, and the sun shining, the decision was made to call off the meeting due to the track being judged unfit to ride.
BSPA chairman Alex Harkess revealed in a statement that an investigation will now be launched into what went on at Brandon.
He said: "The first thing to say is to apologise to the many supporters who paid good money to see the event which had a superb line-up.
"It is also not the start anyone wanted for the start of our new TV deal with Sky Sports.
"We regret very much what happened but on Saturday morning I had assurances that everything would be fine with the track.
"I can understand totally the anger of supporters and, of course, we offer our sincere apologies to everyone who was inconvenienced.
"We will now carry out a full investigation to establish why this totally unacceptable situation was allowed to develop and will comment further when this investigation has been concluded."
Batchelor arrived at the stadium and, without taking a proper look at the track, was informed the meeting was off.
"You can understand when a meeting is rained off but the sun is shining it's hard to really understand why," he said.
"I didn't really look at the track but I was told the meeting was off.
"I've now got one week before I fly to New Zealand for the first GP so hopefully the Swindon meetings will be on this Thursday and Friday so I can get some track time.
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