Thursday, 23 November 2017

Welsh Motorcycle Road Race for 2018

More than 80 riders have already expressed an interest in competing at the new Wales Road Races next summer in the Brecon Beacons.

The event was launched over the weekend at Motorcycle Live at the NEC in Birmingham and will take place on Saturday and Sunday, August 4-5, 2018.
 
The Welsh Road Race event is the brainchild of a number of key players within the road racing fraternity including Derek Smith (Chairman of Aberdare Park and General Secretary of East South Wales ACU) and Phil Morris (Businessman, team manager and owner of Oswestry Road Racing Museum).

Former BSB and TT winner Steve Plater is heavily involved in the project taking up the role Safety and rider liaison Director.

Onboard Video with Plater ;


 
The Clerk of the Corse is Gary Thompson, the highly respected clerk of the course for the Isle of Man TT.

The circuit itself is a dramatic and undulating
5.25 mile lap located North West of Brecon in Wales. The entire circuit, access roads and surrounding area is all MOD owned meaning that the road itself is in excellent condition and there are no white lines, cats eyes and very limited signposts or road furniture.

The race is modelled on the time trial format of the Isle of Man TT and two riders will set off together at 10-seconds intervals.

Suzuki has confirmed its backing of the event and will supply six machines for travelling marshal duties and two rapid response bikes for use by event race doctors.

Two further machines will be provided by Suzuki for use in publicising the rebirth of the race, which was last held over the Eppynt circuit near Sennybridge in 1953.

Last year’s repeal of clauses in the Road Traffic Act, banning racing on public roads in the UK, except Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man, has made the project a reality.
 
“Unlike most road races, there is nothing to hit – no houses, no walls, no lampposts which is a major advantage. The track itself is fantastic, but because of all the blind crests and technical parts it won’t be easy to learn – it’ll take years to really understand it. It will be a time trial like the Isle of Man TT, but with ten second intervals and two riders setting off side by side. We’re going to have Lightweight, Electric, Supersport, Superstock and an Open class. We’re aiming for between 35 to 40 riders per class.

The organisers also confirmed that some 2000 ticket reservations had been made over the weekend.

“For year one it’ll be a two-day meeting, but we’re hoping to include a full day of practice on the Friday, but going forward we want to expand it in to a four or five day meeting and also hopefully introduce a Classic race.”

More on the forums here ; http://www.biker.ie/forum/showthread.php?t=241203

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