Action-packed David Nix Memorial event to be hosted by Wainfleet Motorcycle Club

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SPEEDWAY star David Nix will be remembered when super speedtrack racing action returns to the county on Sunday.

The annual event is held in memory of Carrington rider Nix, who lost his life while competing for the King’s Lynn Stars speedway team in 2002.

Held at Wainfleet and District Motorcycle Club’s Irby in the Marsh venue, there will be a whole host of action, including senior solos, 500cc, 350cc, 250cc and the 1,000cc sidecars.

Club chairman Reg Blackbourn is looking forward to hosting another event.

He said: “After a fantastic start to the season with the Robert Chatterton Challenge Trophy and youth junior Poacher, one wonders if it can get any better. But I am certain riders will slip into top gear for David.

“Last year some of the best club racing was at this event.

“This year, with all the new young talent, plus the top adult riders, we are in for a real treat.”

In the 500cc class, riders include Boston’s Mark Richardson, who finished second at the first meeting.

He will have strong opposition, including Sheffield’s Jamie Rodgers, who had to pull out of the last meeting at the last minute because his bike was not ready.

Also competing will be ex-Boston speedway rider Dean Garrod, the winner of the Chatterton Trophy, Paul Cooper (York), John Smart (Lincoln), Daniel Winterton (Cheshire), Chris Archer (Louth) and the young star in the making Harland Cook (Watford).

The 350cc class is where many youth competitors start their adult racing, and produces some very close racing.

Taking part will be Michael Faulkner (Spilsby), Georgie Wood (Kent), Andy Mellish (Manchester), the winner of the last event, and one of only two lady riders in the adult class, Teri Massingham.

The 250cc class is the hardest of the solo classes to ride because of the power of the two stroke engines.

It is led by two ex-British champions, David Knowles (York) and Adam Shipp (Norfolk), plus Mickey Allen (Kirton-Lindsey), Ricky Scarboro and his son Lewis (Wragby) and Amy Taylor, from Wisbech.

In the 1,000cc sidecars – the fastest off-road sidecars in the world – 18 top teams compete in which it would be hard to pick a winner.

A big favourite on his own ground will be former Masters champion Colin Blackbourn (Friskney) and passenger Carl Pugh.

They head a strong line-up of awesome 1,000cc sidecars including Yorkshiremen Rod Winterburn and Liam Brown, York’s Rob Bradley with passenger Shaun Simpson (Wrangle), Steve Smith and passenger Dave Hogan (Flamstead) and Paul Whitelam with passenger Alan Elliott (Nottingham).

The meeting will also support a small group of youth riders from ages six to 16.

Sunday’s racing starts at 1.30pm, with practice at 12 noon.

There will be a 40-race programme, finishing at approximately 5pm.

The venue is off the B1195 Spilsby to Wainfleet road, signposted from the A52, A16 and A158.

For more information call Reg on 01754 880659.