September 26 2006.
With just four weeks to go, the entries for the 2006 Weston Beach Race have reached new heights in both quantity and quality.
Heading the cast for the 24th running of the annual beach bonanza will be ten times world motocross champion, and 2004 beach race winner, Stefan Everts, fresh from his dominant display at the Motocross Des Nations last weekend. The Belgian superstar is hanging up his helmet this year and this will probably be his last ever competitive ride in the UK, but he will have to be at his mercurial best, as he lines up against a host of top flight riders.
Fellow countryman and fives times world motocross champion Joel Smets makes his Weston debut, but is sure to be a main contender, while 2005 winner and multi Enduro world champion Paul Edmondson from Lichfield is another that will be out to take top honours. Add in to the mix South African world motocross championship front runner Tyla Rattray, who narrowly missed out on a podium finish on his first visit to Weston last year, plus the masters of the Le Touquet Beach Race - Jean Claude Mousse and Arnoud Demeester, and a strong contingent from the USA, and the scene is set for one of the most competitive races in the 24 year history of the event.
The QUAD Magazine sponsored quad race is no less impressive with British Champion and defending Beach Race victor from 2005, Paul Winrow, looking to continue his recent dominance of the four wheel fraternity. Jason Macbeth and Willy Waggott will both have their eyes on the main prize, but all three UK stars will have to keep their throttle cables stretched to the max if they are to overcome the American challenge of Pro-ATV riders Dana Creech and John Natalie.
Away from the fight for at the head of the field there is an unprecedented level of interest. The number of entries is up by over 10% on last year, and with so many still applying for regulations and entry forms, the closing date has been extended to October 14th to ensure everyone has time to get their start place confirmed.
RHL Corporate Manager Phil Regan said, "With the quality and quantity of entry already confirmed, the beach race is due to welcome a huge crowd. As part of our commitment to improve the beach race for the fans, which includes the opportunity to save both time and money, we have set up an advanced booking facility with Ticketmaster for the 2006 event and full details can be found on the official website www.wbruk.com or contact ticketmaster direct on 0871 230 2613 or www.ticketmaster.co.uk ."