I was at Oliver’s Mount race track in Scarborough recently and saw some great real road motorbike and sidecar racing. I’ve been to quite a bit of motor racing over the years and have always enjoyed it – although my all-time favourite was truck racing, which I once saw at Thruxton (just west of Andover) a few years ago.
If you have never been to any motor racing before, you’ll find that most of the UK’s circuits are rural affairs, many of which were once airfields – for obvious reasons, these have converted quite well to motor racing circuits over the years and are now firmly established in UK and global motorsport calendars (Silverstone and Brands Hatch in particular).
Anyway, my appetite has been whetted for some more two-wheeled action this summer, so I took a look at the British Superbike Championship schedule for the rest of the season.
There are only four rounds remaining this year:
- 27-29 Aug: Cadwell Park (near Louth, Lincolnshire)
- 9-11 Sept: Donington Park (J24 M1, 6 miles south-east of Derby)
- 23-25 Sept: Silverstone Arena (about 12 miles south of Northampton)
- Season finale 7-9 Oct: Brands Hatch (near Swanley & Dartford)
The BSB is the premier UK motorcycle circuit racing championship and has some seriously talented riders, many of whom have ridden or will ride in the World Superbike Championships. Superbikes are highly modified versions of regular road bikes like the Honda Fireblade and Ducati 1198, so they are real enough to identify with but exotic enough to be seriously fast.
Van & Minibus Hire
If you are entering any of these races or working in any of the catering or retail stalls at the event, it is not too late to book a hire van to transport your bike or gear to the race. Similarly, if you are planning to go to the race with a group of friends, you could hire a minibus to cut down on fuel costs and enable all but one of you to enjoy a few beers with your racing!