Elite racers set for Lincs Poacher

AN INTERNATIONAL race meet in Thorpe St Peter is set to provide ‘spectacular sporting action for all the family’ this weekend, organisers have promised.

The International Lincolnshire Poacher Long Track will take place this Sunday, August 26.

World Elite solo motorcycle riders and the top 1000cc sidecar teams will battle for the coveted Poacher titles and a slice of the huge £10,000 prize fund on the 1,000 metre Thorpe St Peter circuit.

The Wainfleet Motorcycle Club has once again assembled a top line-up, including world elite Speedway, Grass track and Long track riders.

The riders race high tech machines using pure methanol fuel, which accelerate faster than a Formula 1 car and slide around corners at speeds approaching 100mph - without any brakes!

Heading the Speedway contingent is two-time Poacher Champion, Glasgow captain Joe Screen, and another former Poacher Champion, Scunthorpe No. 1 David Howe, plus Sheffield captain Richard Hall and Chris Mills (ex-Kings Lynn Speedway).

Grass track/Long track specialists will include 2010 European Grass track Champion and three-time Poacher winner, Andrew Appleton, European finalist and 2012 under 21 champion, Tom Perry, British 250cc Champion Harland Cook, and Danny Warwick.

Boston rider Mark Richardson will take part in a race-off for one of the two remaining places in the line-up.

An awesome overseas contingent is headed by World Long track GP riders Theo Pijper (two-times European champion and current world number two), and fellow Dutchman Jannich de Jong, who raced to a superb second-place in last year’s European finals at the Skegness circuit.

Germany’s 2012 World Team Long track winning team members, Jorg Tebbe and the legendary Bernd Diener are also sure to be a major threat.

The Poacher Sidecar event features thrilling 100mph action with the world’s fastest off-road 1000cc Sidecars racing only inches apart with no compromise.

The club’s own Colin Blackbourn, with passenger Carl Pugh, must beat off the cream of the country’s three-wheeled gladiators if they are to have any chance of a record-breaking fourth Poacher title.

Reigning British Masters Champions Rod Winterburn and Liam Brown probably start as slight favourites while many other teams will fancy their chances, including two-times Poacher champion Rob Bradley, with Wrangle-based passenger Shaun Simpson.

Practice starts at 11am and the main action begins at 1pm when the fastest solo and sidecar teams will be going flat out for the Poacher Bahnrekord flying lap trophies with major cash prizes.

The British Speedway GP will be screened live from 6pm on Saturday in the barn, followed at 9pm by a full programme of live entertainment on stage.

There will be a fully licenced bar with real ale and a selection of hot food.

Admission includes camping and caravanning facilities at the trackside for the whole weekend, with modern flush toilets, hot showers and the attractions of Skegness just four miles away.

The circuit is signposted from all major routes into Skegness, at Thorpe St Peter off the B1195 (postcode for Sat Nav users is PE24 4NR).

For further information contact the secretary of the event, Sheila Blackbourn on 01754 880 659.