With track preparations well under way for this weekend’s RHL Beach Race at Weston-super-Mare, some of the pro and expert riders came down to try out part of the course at yesterday’s press day.
With three solo and quad riders taking the time to head out on track it was a great start to the week’s events as the riders were able to dial in part of the course. Local press and media personnel came along to interview the riders including Tom Church, quad ace Paul Winrow, 14-year-old rookie rider Keaton Butler, Tommy Alba, youth quad rider Jamie Morgan and British Under 21 quad champion Stefan Murphy.
All riders enjoyed two sessions on track for photo opportunities and had the added bonus of being able to set up their machines ahead of this weekend’s races.
“Today has been great fun and a good chance to give the bike a run out before the weekend,” says Winrow. “It’s been good to get a heads-up to see what the track will be like before the race and it seems nice. It’s going to be wet I think – not the actual weather but the ground – so we’ll have to see how it goes and I’m looking forward to Saturday.
“I’ve won Weston four times before and I think I’ve competed in it around eight times although I finished my race in the pits last year. I’d like to come back and win the race but I’m here to enjoy it too. It’s becoming more and more prestigious as there are a lot more competitive riders than there used to be in the quad class but you need a lot of luck on your side so fingers crossed it goes my way at the weekend.”
“Today has been really good,” says Director of RHL Activities, Gareth Hockey.”We’ve had the likes of ITV, BBC and the larger local newspapers here – to be able to give them a preview of what we’re doing for this year is really important. It was great to see how this part of the track rides and also it’s an opportunity for the guys to get everything dialled in for the weekend.”