Bumper crowd enjoys beach racers

One of the racers tears round the track. Photo by John Crossland.
One of the racers tears round the track. Photo by John Crossland.
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THE second Skegness Beach Race has been hailed a resounding success after a bumper crowd flocked to the coast for the two-day extravaganza.

Over 20,000 people made full use of the weekend’s fine weather to enjoy some spectacular racing on the beach.

A three-way tussle for position.

A three-way tussle for position.

The figure is well up on the 14,000 who are thought to have watched last December’s inaugural event.

And East Lindsey District Council is looking forward to working with the race organisers again next year.

The local authority’s portfolio holder for economic development, Coun Craig Leyland, said: “Extending the visitor season is vital if we are to improve the economy on the coast and the AMCA motorcycle racing has provided a huge boost to the town at what would otherwise have been a quieter part of the year.

“Our coast is becoming recognised for high quality cultural and sporting events and we must continue to build on this success in the coming years.

More action from the weekend.

More action from the weekend.

“We look forward to working with the Amateur Motorcycle Association again in 2012.”

The winner of the adult’s race on Sunday was Nathan Parker, who completed 44 laps in three hours, hitting a top speed of 95 mph.

Alfie Bowtell won the Kids 85/150 class on Saturday with 14 laps in one hour.

Ben Watson was champion in the MX2 Youth event with 14 laps in one hour.

Racers reached speeds of close to 100mph on the long straights.

Racers reached speeds of close to 100mph on the long straights.

And David Vass took the Quads & Sidecar race with 26 laps in just over two hours.

Adult race winner Nathan Parker. Photo by John Crossland.

Adult race winner Nathan Parker. Photo by John Crossland.