All set for the Lincolnshire Poacher

Colin Blackbourn in sidecar action.
Colin Blackbourn in sidecar action.

Boston-area riders will be among the competitors at the International Lincolnshire Poacher Longtrack competition this Sunday.

World Elite solo motorcycle riders and the top 1,000cc sidecar teams will also be among those challenging for the coveted Poacher titles and a slice of the huge £10,000 prize fund on Wainfleet and District Motorcycle Club’s superbly-prepared 1,000 metre Thorpe St. Peter circuit – the biggest and fastest off road track in the country.

This will be the 22nd Poacher and again there will be a top-class entry of home and continental riders for the solos, with the added attraction of a completely new class of racing to the Poacher – the International 500cc Upright Solos.

The riders will compete on hi-tech machines which run on pure methanol fuel and slide around the corners at speeds approaching 100mph – without any brakes.

Heading the World Elite foreign riders is former Poacher champion Bernd Diener and Kai Dorenkamp, from Germany, and young rising star Mark Stiekema, from the Netherlands.

Home stars include Richard Hall, Tim Nobes, Danny Warwick, Paul Cooper and Georgie Wood.

The new upright class sees overseas riders Arne Anderson, from Denmark, and Wim de Haas, of the Netherlands, competing.

The home boys will be led by British upright champion Steve Newsome.

Steve Daw, Bob Dolman and Chris Mackett will also be involved and looking for glory.

The Poacher Sidecar event will include Friskney’s Colin Blackbourn, with passenger Martin Smith (pictured in action).

They will want to see off the challenges of York’s Rob Bradley and his Wrangle-based passenger Shaun Simpson, as well as previous Poacher champions Rob Wilson and Terry Saunters.

Practice starts at 11am and the main action starts at 1pm.

On Saturday night there will be a meet-the-riders event, starting at 7.30pm, with interviews and a full programme of live entertainment on stage.

Admission costs £20, £18 (OAPs) and £5 (children aged 12-16) while unders 12s go free.

Family tickets are also available.

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