Grasstrack action returns with the David Nix Memorial

Colin Blackbourn in action.
Colin Blackbourn in action.

Action will return to the Wainfleet and and District Sporting Motorcycle Track Racing Club on Sunday, with the 11th David Nix Memorial event.

There will be a top line-up of riders coming from all over Britain to ride in honour of the former Carrington-based grass track and speedway star, who died in action at Kings Lynn stadium in May 2002.

This Sunday’s meeting will be held at the usual top Irby-In-The-Marsh grass circuit, where the club has assembled a line-up of 250cc, 350cc and 500cc solos and the awesome 1,000cc sidecars.

Riders include many Lincolnshire aces and national stars.

In the 500cc solo class will be current club champion Daniel Winterton (Cheshire) and winner of the first meeting this year, Andrew Whitaker (Dewsbury).

Other riders likely to be putting in a strong challenge include Steve Taylor and ex-Boston speedway rider Dean Garrod, Jamie-Fenn-Smith and his brother Ben (both Sleaford), plus veteran rider Ray Wolds (Skegness).

The 350cc event features Goergie Wood (Kent), Edward Bales (Norwich) and Andy Mellish (Manchester).

Former British Champion David Knowles (York) is the stand-out performer in the 250 class while Wragby’s Ricky Scarboro and his young son Kurtis will line-up.

Nic Crosby (Newcastle) and young Jed Collins will also race.

In the 1,000cc sidecars, there are 12 top teams including former Masters Champions and last year’s Poacher champion Rob Bradley, with local passenger Shaun Simpson, from Wrangle.

Rob missed the first meeting of the season due to his engine not being ready.

Winners of the first meeting, Gareth Winterburn and Billy Winterburn (West Yorkshire) must start as favorites while Friskney’s Colin Blackbourn will be riding with a new passenger, due to Carl Pugh retiring from racing.

Trevor Heath, an ex-solo rider, will be racing with Kieron Bonner as passenger in only their second time out.

They had an impressive first meeting in May.

Also in the line-up will be another former Masters champion, Paul Whitelam, with new passenger Kieron Ivy.

The David Nix Memorial event will include further impressive racing from the youth riders, who tange in age from six to 15 years.

Mickie Simpson, the son of Shaun Simpson, will be racing in the juniors and motor-cross classes.

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

There will be a 40-race programme and racing will finish at around 5pm with the presentation of trophies.

Weekend caravanning and camping is free.

The venue is off the B1195 Wainfleet-Spilsby road signposted from the A52-A16-A158,

Admission costs £12 (adult), £10 (OAPs), £5 (child 12-16).

Children aged under 12 go free.

For further information, call Reg or Sheila Blackbourn on 01754-880659.