Entry forms for Shakespeare County Raceway – Springspeed Nationals are now available here.
Just to clear up some confusion with race numbers and the new ETB class.
For Santa Pod SET racers will use the prefix ETB (your points for the NAST championship will be calculated by Fiona Moor and posted here) and points awarded will go forward to the 4 round Santa Pod championship.
For Shakespeare County Raceway if you want to race in the NAST/SCR ET class championship (obviously on a twin and a member of NAST) then ensure you tick the NAST ET option on the entry form (you can retain your prefix of ETB if you race at Santa Pod – no need to revert to SET for SCR). You will automatically be entered in the ETB 4 round Shakespeare County Raceway championship and Fiona will sort the NAST/SCR points.
For this season ETB will be separate championships at the two tracks and if well-supported a National championship in the future. Don’t forget the ‘NAST’ championship is best of 6 out of the total 8 rounds – see race dates.
If less than 3 entries in Gas they will be relegated to ETB (points awarded going to the NAST ET championship and ETB – cannot be transferred to Gas).
I hope this makes sense (and I have got it right!).
Not long now to Round 1 at Santa Pod – race entry forms are here. Closing date 11th March this is a one-off for this meeting (ignore dates on form) remaining entries will be usual 3 weeks before the event.
New for this season is a scrutineering sticker with space for lane choice to ensure both lanes are used in qualifying. So if a marshal approaches you with a marker pen make sure the sticker is easily accessible. Also if you are lucky enough to win prize-money you will need your bank details as it will be paid directly into your account – no more cheques.
Riders and Drivers meeting held in Northampton yesterday confirmed the format for this season’s racing.
NAST ET and the new ETB will be run as one class at both tracks with our NAST Championship Coordinator (Fiona Moor) extracting points from the class results. ETB is not a National championship so each track will run their own series so, as demonstrated by Chris Mott this year, you could win 3 championships in a season!
STG will run at Shakespeare County as always with any other Twins welcome but they will only eligible for the SCR championship if not members of NAST (£10 membership this year and ACU affiliated). NAST will run at Santa Pod under STTG with, again, NAST Championship Coordinator extracting points from the class results.
There will be a minimum of 3 ‘bikes in both classes and if insufficient Gas ‘bikes enter they will be moved into ETB (any points gained will therefore stay in the ETB championship).
Note: No Twins at ‘Big Bang’ so only 8 rounds – 6 to count for championship.
Shakespeare County Raceway have held their entry fees at 2015 prices but Santa Pod have increased fees by £2.50 a day at most events. Electric charges remain the same.
Official statement from Tony Smith SCR was that there is no news regarding planning permission for housing development at Long Marston so racing as normal – see you all at the track.
Almost 900cc of Fuel Injected 2-Stroke Drag Bike finally running after 10 years!
Mike Nelthorpe’s incredible machine uses the Polaris parallel twin engine and variable drive from the Ski-doo coupled to a conventional final drive giving seamless power from the lights to the finish. Scheduled to make it’s first appearance at a round of the NAST championship this year.
See Eurodragster for details od this year’s Riders and Drivers meeting in Northampton.
The 2016 ACU Handbook is also out and includes details of ET Bike regulations.
Our Chairman, Carey Wadey, is on the shortlist for the Iris Page Memorial Trophy – so get your votes in now.
Round 1, March 25th/27th – Festival of Power at Santa Pod is only a few weeks away so I hope you are all busy spannering in those cold garages and sheds!
Don’t forget to get your tickets for the annual APIRA trophy presentation evening.
Buell has been found in Weoley Castle, partially stripped, and is now back with it’s owner.
Not just any Buell – this belongs to well-known Shakespeare County Raceway photographer Jeni Long who was at the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham visiting her extremely ill granddad who sadly has since died.
The blue and silver 25th Anniversary Buell xb9sx reg. CAZ 8846 (frame no. 5MZKX02E383200576, engine no. ZKX8200576) was locked with a disc lock and steering lock. Theft occurred on 7th January between 5.30pm and 9pm.
If you have any information please message Jeni or Mike Burrowes on their Facebook pages and obviously Birmingham police.