Skegness Beach Races hoping to shatter 22,000 audience record

AMCA Beach Race 2012 Quad winner Stefan Murphy.
AMCA Beach Race 2012 Quad winner Stefan Murphy.
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The organisers of the annual beach racing in Skegness are hopeful that this year’s two days of racing will pull in more spectators than ever before.

Now in its fourth year, the free-to-watch AMCA Motocross beach races will take place on Skegness seafront this Saturday and Sunday (November 16 and 17).

Every previous event has pulled in more spectators than the year before - culminating in a whopping 22,000 turnout during 2012.

AMCA is bullish about its chances of topping that colossal milestone.

And with four of 2012’s top five racers set to compete, the confidence is understandable.

“It’s time to pack your sandwiches, head out to Skegness and watch a whole weekend of great racing all for free,” said a spokesperson.

“The event continues to go from strength-to-strength and will certainly be looking to top the fabulous 22,000 spectator mark it reached in 2012,” they added.

Proceedings get underway at 10am on Saturday with the Clubman/Solo race, which will last for 90 minutes and cater for four different classes - Youth (13-17-years), Clubman (18 years and over), Vets (over 40s) and Vets (over 50s).

Further entertainment on Saturday will be provided by the 2013 Quad and Sidecar contest, the determined racers enjoying a big two-and-a-half hour sandblast which is sponsored by Doodson’s Broking Group.

Day two is the biggest race of the bunch - the three hour solo blast, with the victor taking home a £1,000 prize.

“Tackling the redesigned and lengthened Skegness circuit will be four of the 2012 top five, led by new Evotech Stevens KTM signing and defending Champion Nathan Watson,” continued the spokesperson.

“The super quick Watson will be joined by his brother and 2012 runner-up Ben Watson, Dan Thornhill and John Robson.

“Also in the early entry list are the likes of Josh and Jack Waterman, Matt Moffat, Matthew Callaghan and Tony Saunders.

“Leading the AMCA challenge will be former triple MX2 Champion Brad O’Leary, top MX1 runner Scott Bates and AMCA 2T Championship runner-up Sean Wainwright.

“This is an event not to be missed, so get there early and ensure your spectating spot on the promenade whilst enjoying the 2013 AMCA Skegness spectacular.

“Also don’t forget that all the retail outlets along the seafront and in the town will be open for business as usual.”