The first task is to establish a firm interlayer or base for the new surface. As the majority of the existing track will form this interlayer it needs to be stabilised by filling in cracks, milling uneven surfaces and excavating soft spots and replacing them with a firm base. The old track will provide a firm base on which the new one will be laid. This task is commencing 7th December.
The next stage involves construction of shouldering and 1 metre wide low kerbs in selected positions. The hard edge is critical to ensure the new track surface is not degraded by soft edge erosion. This may be extended in some parts of the track to include additional and higher 1 metre wide kerbing in the future.
The final step in the process is laying the new track surface which will be 40mm thick and contain aggregate of no more than 10mm in diameter. The surface will be laid down over three days with multiple machines working side by side to ensure an even finish. The asphalting will be completed by around mid-February.
Additional works will be undertaken to re-shape the dummy grid entry on to the main straight to enable parallel entry to the track. In addition the run-off area at the top of the hill will be extended by around 30 metres following a land swap with the neighbouring farmer.
The new look Baskerville is bound to attract a record number of entries for the 2017 event - keep an eye out for entry details either here or on the Baskerville Historics Facebook page.