Wales is set to sing to the sound of road race bikes when the Welsh Road Race kicks off in August next year.
It was announced last night that the August 2018 event will now be a three-day spectacular with free practice on the Friday August 4th, and racing on the Saturday 5th and the Sunday 5th of August.
The organisers say they’ve had such a fantastic response to the new racetrack since announcing it a few weeks ago. After attending Motorcycle Live to garner interest from both fans, teams and riders keen to race at the new 5.2-mile venue, the organisers say some 200 riders already signed up with interest from some big road race teams.
Taking place on a fast, sixth gear section stretch of the A487 in the Brecon Beacons, before turning left on to MOD private land to loop the course back round to the start line, the Welsh RR course has already been ridden by 2-times TT winner Steve Plater.
Plater said: “It’s going to be a great time trial. Without doubt it’s going to be a challenging circuit that’s 5.2 miles long, it’s very undulating and quite narrow in places. There’s some high-speed stuff, some low speed stuff. Without doubt it’s going to take some learning but should produce some fantastic racing.”
He added: “The event has been taken really well by the public, and it’s already getting bigger and bigger. 1000 tickets have already been sold to the event. We were always going to race on the Saturday and Sunday, but it will now be a full day of free practice on Friday too, to give the riders a full day to learn this fabulous new circuit. Then straight into race days. There are 200 people entered in the event already so it is going to be a true spectacle.”
Riders will be set off at 10 second intervals. Classes will be run for the following: 125 to 250cc lightweights, lightweight Supertwin 650s, electric motorcycles, 600cc Supersport motorcycles, 1000cc Superstock motorcycles, plus a parade of classic bikes, and rare exotica.