Nix Memorial to start season

Colin Blackbourn in action.
Colin Blackbourn in action.

THE season will begin at Wainfleet and District Sporting Motorcycle Track Racing Club on Sunday, with the David Nix Memorial.

The event – held in honour of the former Carrington-based speedway start who died in action for King’s Lynn Stars – sees the Irby-In-The-Marsh circuit host a line-up of 250cc, 350cc, 500cc solos and the 1,000cc sidecars.

Riders include many local Lincolnshire aces and national stars.

In the main event, the 1,000cc sidecars, there are 12 top teams, including three former Masters champions and the reigning champion, in which it would be hard to pick a winner.

Former British Masters and Poacher champion Colin Blackbourn, from Friskney, is a big favorite on his home track, with passenger Carl Pugh.

But he will be up against formidable opposition in the shape of reigning British Masters and club champion Rod Winterburn, with passenger Liam Brown, and Rob Bradley, with passenger Shaun Simpson, a Wrangle lad.

Also in the line-up is the other former Masters champion Paul Whitelam.

In the 500cc solo class, reigning club champion Paul Cooper, of York, will be up against a number of riders from across the country, including Lincoln’s John Smart.

The 350cc event features top veteran Bob Dolman, young gun Joshua Birkett, of York, and fast-improving club rider Michael Faulkner, from Spilsby.

Former British Champions Adam Shipp, from Norfolk, and York’s David Knowles are the stand-out names in the 250 class.

Wragby’s Ricky Scarboro’s young sons Lewis and Kurtis will head the local challengers.

Other racers include Amy Taylor, of Wisbech, Jed Collins, Danny Boyle and Micky Allen, from Kirton Lindsey.

The meeting also gives the chance for some of the stars of the future in a youth class with riders from six-years-old.

Racing starts at 1.30pm, with practice at noon.

With a 40 race programme, racing will finish at around 5pm, with the presentation of trophies.

Admission costs £12 (£10 OAPs, £5 12-16 and free for under fives).

This will be the first event of the season at the Wainfleet club following the postponement of the Robert Chatterton Challenge Trophy due to a waterlogged track.

It is hoped this event will be able to be staged later in the year.

Also, the the International Lincolnshire Poacher long track races will be staged on August 26.

For details call 01754-880659.