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Weston Beach Race - 17 October 2018
THE HYDROGARDEN WESTON BEACH RACE POWERED BY KTM IS THIS WEEKEND!
The maddest, baddest, biggest and most bonkers motorsport event in the UK, the HydroGarden Weston Beach Race Powered by KTM, takes place this weekend, October 19-21, and it is expected to be better than ever.
With the extremely challenging 7km course build nearly complete, the 36thrunning of the annual event is preparing for the 70,000 spectators that will head to the Weston-Super-Mare town for a fun-packed weekend of high-octane action. With the likes of quad stuntman Paul Hannam, Dougie Lampkin MBE, Danny Butler and The Extreme MTB team, a Trade Village and many displays throughout the weekend complementing the racing on the beach, it’s a fantastic event with entertainment on offer for all of the family.
Hundreds of competitors will line up for the ultimate battle of man and machine in the junior, quad, sidecar and solo classes across the weekend and the tension is building for the racing at this iconic event, which is likely to be some of the best yet. In the junior classes many of the UK and Europe’s best young talent are lining up to compete on 65cc – 250cc machinery, as they cut their teeth in the technically challenging sand for the youth victories.
In the Quadzilla quad class Stefan Murphy returns aboard new machinery for 2018. The Aeroplane valet company director, British championship competitor and double winner at Weston has his eyes firmly on the prize this year, as he looks to make it three consecutive wins in a row and equalling the on-the-bounce win record around the dune course. Sidecar stars Davis/Ferguson are back to defend their position at the head of the field.
The solo race has had an incredible response in the lead-up to this year’s event, and with over 1,000 competitors entered, it will be a real spectacle seeing these machines head off the start line to do battle for three-hours. The amateur riders, many of which are new to the challenge, will race with the professionals, and it’s certainly expected to be a hot fight at the front of the field for the HydroGarden Weston Beach Race Powered by KTM crown. Local racer Todd Kellett has had a challenging race season so far, but the 21-year-old will be looking to make it three in a row here this weekend – and he’d only be the third rider to achieve that feat in the event’s history if he did so. But anything and everything can happen at Weston, and with the likes of Enduro legend, four-time World Champion, six-time Weston winner and last year’s runner-up David Knight MBE competing in the hope of spoiling the party, it will not be an easy challenge.
Recently crowned ACU MX2 British Motocross Champion Conrad Mewse won in the junior classes many years ago and is racing the adult solo category for the first time, while Josh Gilbert, Alex Snow, Luke Hawkins, and Mel Pocock could all be contenders for the victory. Star rider, stunt legend, and Guinness World Record holder Robbie Maddison is back on the beach to improve on the 46thposition he took at his debut, with a few start-straight wheelies also thrown in for fun. Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Billy Bolt will line-up for the first time, and it will be interesting to see if his hard enduro skills that have seen him compete in some of the most difficult events globally can propel him towards the front of the field, although it’s well-known that experience at Weston is an advantage. The likes of local road racing star Martin Jessopp, who swaps tarmac for sand this weekend, will also be one to look out for in the top 50.
The spirit of the HydroGarden Weston Beach Race Powered by KTM is one that organisers RHL Activities are proud of. Many competitors race for charity, and the hair-raising race starts at the biggest motorsport event in the UK is what brings back many people year after year. This, comprised with the many off-track activities, giveaways and displays at the event, will make it a memorable weekend for all.
Gareth Hockey – Director of RHL Activities
“The final preparations are in place for the HydroGarden Weston Beach Race Powered by KTM. I’d like to thank our partners, and all of those involved as we look forward to another incredible weekend of fantastic racing with the thrills and spills on the beach, as well as our wide array of off-track entertainment. We can’t wait to get the gates open and go racing – we hope everyone has a brilliant weekend and enjoys this year’s event. It’s one not to be missed.”
For more information and tickets please visit www.rhlactivities.com
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