The first Eppynt Welsh Road Races, which were scheduled to take place in the Brecon Beacons in August, have been ‘postponed’ after the organisers conceded that they needed more time to turn the dream into reality.
The much vaunted event was launched publicly at November’s Motorcycle Live show and was expected to take place over the weekend of 4-5 August. Organisers say that recent changes to the road traffic act in Wales require them to get new permits for the event to go ahead, and that this was not likely to be feasible in the new time frames. With that in mind, they have made the decision to refund all ticket sales and work towards launching the event in 2019.
“We are working closely with the ACU, Crown Properties and Powys County Council to organise the Welsh Road Race, and under the new changes in legislation, the new deadlines that have been imposed will make it very difficult to carry out a safe and successful event’, said Derek Smith, Managing Director of the Welsh Road Race. “ The board of directors are absolutely devastated, for all the supporters and all concerned with the event. We have began steps to contact all our supporters and sponsors who are involved in the event.”
Paul King, Chairman of the ACU Road Race Committee, UK motorcycle racing’s governing body, added: “Following concerns raised with the Auto Cycle Union at the end of the year about the proposed Welsh Road Race in August 2018, members of the ACU Road Race Committee recently met with the event organisers, to understand what was being proposed and what was required for the event to progress.
“In order for the ACU Road Race Committee to sanction the event, a list of requirements required from the organisers was agreed. It would appear that the timetable to achieve the event for 2018 cannot be achieved.”
Despite the setback, the organizing team are forging ahead with plans for 2019 and confirmed that they have applied to the local authorities for a new date.