Super Speedtrack racing meet set for weekend

Michael Faulkner from Spilsby in speedway action.
Michael Faulkner from Spilsby in speedway action.

This Sunday, May 3 brings the first of three meetings this year by the Wainfleet and District Sporting Motorcycle Track Racing club.

The Robert Chatterton Trophy will be contested at the popular Irby-In-The-Marsh grass circuit, between Wainfleet and Spilsby on the B1195.

Club Chairman Reg Blackbourn said this event is the first of the two club meetings to be hold at the venue, the second being the David Nix Memorial on Sunday, July, 5 and the third being the famous International Lincolnshire Poacher long track at Thorpe St Peter on Sunday, August 30.

The Robert Chatterton Trophy is one of the first meetings of the year in this Centre and riders are keen to blow away

the cobwebs and try out new machines.

In past years, organisers said ‘this event has produced some of the best club racing you will get anywhere’.

And speed track fans are hoping this year will be the same, with some entirely new young talent and some, which have moved up into the adult class this year.

Top class adult riders from as far as Kent and Newcastle will compete and adult classes include - 500cc, 350cc and 250cc Solos, plus the awesome 1000cc sidecars - the fastest off road sidecars in the world.

In the Solo 500cc Class, riders include local club riders, Mark Richardson of Boston, Michael Faulkner from Spilsby, Ben Fen-Smith and his brother Jamie from Sleaford and last year’s club champion, Andrew Whitaker from Dewsbury and Dean Garrod - Ex-Boston Speedway rider from Diss, Norfolk.

The 250cc sees Ex- British Champion David Knowles from York, another Ex Speedway rider - Ricky Scarboro and his son, Kurtis, of Wragby.

Other riders include Andy Mellish from Manchester, John Smart from Newark, Steven Taylor from Cheshire, Nic Cosby from Newcastle and Jed Collins from Northants, John (2Tall) Hartley and his son James from Halifax and veteran rider Bob Dolman from Kent.

In the Big Guns, the 1000cc Sidecars, there are 12 top teams, in which it would be hard to pick a winner.

The home favourite must be previous winner of this event, former British Masters and last year’s third in the International Poacher, is the clubs own Colin Blackbourn with passenger Carl Pugh from Friskney, son of chairman Reg.

They will be up against formidable opposition from Robbie Wilson with Passenger Bradley Steer from Kent; also Peter Lloyd and

passenger Daz Whetstone from Warwickshire, plus Simon Heal and passenger Jay Perking from Somerset.

The meeting will also support a small group of youth riders from 6 years to 16 years of age and organisers predict local boy Mickie Simpson from Wrangle, is one to look out for.

Over the last twenty years theb races have included much youth in club events, of which Robert Chatterton was a big supporter and many have become top riders in the adult classes of today.

Racing on Sunday, May 3 starts at 1.30pm, with practice at noon, with full race Programme.

Racing will finish at approximately 5pm, with the presentation of trophies.

Hot food, toilets, free weekend camping, caravan and tents spacea are available and welcome.

The venue can be found via the postcode: PE24 5DE.

The racing venue will be off the B1195 Spilsby to Wainfleet road and signposted from the A52, A16 and A158.

Admission for adult is £12, OAPs priced at £10 and children 12 to 16 £5.

Under 12s entrt is free.

For more information, ring Reg or Shiela Blackbourn on 01754 880659 or visit