Get set for the thrills of the David Nix Memorial

Colin Blackbourn and Carl Pugh.
Colin Blackbourn and Carl Pugh.
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The thrills and spills of grasstrack racing will return to the Wainfleet and District Sporting Motorcycle Club this Sunday.

The annual David Nix Memorial event once again boasts a top line-up of riders coming from all over Britain to ride in honour of the Carrington-based speedway star and former club rider, who sadly died in action at King’s Lynn stadium in 2002.

Racing will be held at the Irby-In-The-Marsh grass circuit, where the club has assembled a line-up of 1,000cc sidecars, the 250cc, 350cc and 500cc solos, plus a small number of youth riders from Lincolnshire and beyond.

The 350cc event features ex club champion Andy Mellish, who looks a good bet to retain his title, competing against lady rider Megan Holtby from New York.

Ex-Boston speedway rider Ricky Scarboro and his young son Kurtis are heading the local challengers.

In the 1,000cc sidecars, there are 12 top teams including former Masters and Poacher Champions Rob Bradley of York with Wrangle-based passenger Shaun Simpson.

Looking to push them will be Friskney’s Colin Blackbourn (pictured), an ex-British Champion and Poacher winner.

Carl Pugh will ride with him.

There will also be some more impressive racing from a small group of youth riders ranging from six to 16 years of age.

One local rider to look out for is Mickie Simpson, the son of Wrangle’s Shaun Simpson.

Racing on Sunday starts at 1.30pm with practice at noon.

It is a 35-race programme and racing will finish at around 5pm.

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

Admission costs £12, £10 (seniors), £5 (children 12-15) and under 12s go free.

For details call 01754 880659.