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Wednesday, September 26, 2012
IF anyone fancies a quiet day out in the peaceful Essex countryside this Saturday (September 29), then avoid the village of High Easter.
But if you are a Grasstrack fan or looking for a day or night of all excitement, the 500cc sidecar association is hosting a third floodlit grass track meeting where the action will be fast and furious out on the track.
Being run by the 500cc Sidecar Association, top billing goes to the International 500cc sidecar class. This year’s British champions Shaun Harvey/Danny Hogg and 2009 champions Nick Radley/Abi Radley, both based in Chelmsford, will both be looking to stand on top of the podium at the end of the night. But their is a host of very able crews that will also be wanting to get their hands on the Lester Goodwin Trophy, including crews from Holland and Denmark.
The 1000cc sidecars who will be racing for the Ben Heath Trophy include new British masters Mark Cossar/Carl Blyth. They have been in great form this season. Five teams will head across the Queen Elizabeth Bridge from the ‘Garden of England’. Rob Wilson/Terry Saunters and Robbie Wilson/Bradley Steer head the Kent invasion, all wanting to put a stop to the Cossar/Blyth dominance that has been evident in recent meetings.
In the solo races, the club has catered for all classes, 250cc/350cc/500cc and the upright solos. Fans will be looking forward to seeing the Eastern Centre’s all-action Steve Daw. His throttle wide-open style is a favorite w and he will be competing in both the 500cc and upright solo events. Other local stars include Sam Radley-Smith on his 500cc machine. Last seen riding a 250cc at Ugley a couple of weeks ago, he will be hoping for a change of luck, machine woes spoiling what could have been a podium topping day.
Another rider plagued with machine troubles that day, Matt Etherington is also hoping for a change of fortune in the 350cc event. But former British Champion Richard Smith will want a say in the night’s action.
The gates open at 12noon, with the action starting at 3pm with practice. The first of the 36 races will begin at 5.30pm. And as the sun goes down, the lights go on for the UK’s only Floodlit Grasstrack meeting.
The track is at Lower House Farm, High Easter. Admission: adults £14/concessions £9/children under-14 free.