Welsh road racing to return

MOTORCYCLE RACING IS to return to Eppynt Road Race Circuit near Sennybridge in Wales, 65 years after the mountain roads last saw a racing wheel turn in anger.

The Eppynt circuit, last used in 1953, will be re-opened for racing from August 3-5 with full range of classes up to Superstock. The revival has been made possible by the repeal of clauses in the Road Traffic Act, which previously banned racing on public roads in the UK, except Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man.

The secretary of state for defence has granted the organisers of Welsh Road Race 2018 a licence to use the historic road circuit which lies within the heart of the Crown Estate which was used to stage the Eppynt Motor Cycle Road Races between 1948 and 1953.

The 5.25 mile circuit will be laid out partly on public roads and partly on roads on MoD land and TT-winner Steve Plater has been involved in the layout.

There will be a 125cc to 250cc Ultra Lightweight class, Lightweight Supertwin motorcycles to 650cc, a Welsh RR Zero Electric Race, 600cc Supersport and 1000cc Superstock classes. The winner of the Superstock race will be presented with the original trophy from the Welsh TT currently on show at Carmarthen Museum.

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