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Race Preview: DTRA Euros Round 1 and Hooligans Round 2 - Hells Race, Speedway Lelystad, Netherlands

While we are gearing up for the 2019 season opener of the Nationals series, plans for the Indian Motorcycle 2019 European Championship are really coming together, and it’s shaping up to become the most exciting international flat track racing series outside of North America. Round 1 of the Euros championship (and Round 2 of the Hooligans championship) is taking place at the mighty Hells Race, to be held at Speedway Lelystad, Netherlands, on the 4th and 5th of May.


There will be three classes to race in over the weekend, which are part of the Euros championship:

(There are also several other classes to race in at Hells Race, but only the above classes count towards the Euros.)

The Euros pro class is sponsored by Moto Anatomy, the training school of AFT rider Johnny Lewis, who is a confirmed guest rider for Hells Race and will also be offering training schools at Speedway Lelystad in the days leading up to the event - click here for more information and to book your place.


DTRA Race Director, Anthony Brown says:

“We are really pleased to have Johnny on board with us again in 2019. It means a great deal to the European dirt track scene to have a US rider come over and race with us. Johnny and his school are really helping to bridge the gap between Europe and the USA.
“The first prize in the Euros Pro Class will be a trip out to the USA to ride one of Johnny's team bikes, so Moto Anatomy have really stepped up to support the DTRA and we are super grateful.”

Signing up to race in Hells Race, European Championship Round 1


There are three stages to this process. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Sign up to ride in the DTRA European Championship here - it’s free!

  2. Buy your KNMV Basic Sport License - BEFORE signing up to Hells Race, because you’ll need your license number to do so. Choose ‘Track Sport’ or ‘Grasstrack’, and ‘SRC - HR Flat Track’ as the club. You’ll need to buy a day licence for each day you plan to ride at €27.50 per day, or just buy a year licence at €60.00.

  3. Register and pay to race at Hells Race - the cost is €45.00 for one class, and €25.00 for each additional class.

About the track at Speedway Lelystad


The excellent, well-maintained 290m short track at Speedway Lelystad is comprised of a fine red gravel, which doesn’t pack in hard and ‘groove’ up, and has a nice consistent cushion around the outside. Everyone who rides at Speedway Lelystad loves the track and it’s run by awesome people too.


Here’s where to find Speedway Lelystad:

If you’re travelling from the UK, you can go by ferry from Newcastle to IJmuiden (the nearest port to the track), or Dover to Calais or Dunkirk; there’s also the Eurotunnel from Folkestone to Calais.


Running order and racing times


The Hells Race weekend will play out as follows:


SATURDAY 4TH MAY - OPEN TRAINING DAY:

10:00 - 11:30 - Sign on and scrutineering

11:45 - Riders briefing

12:00 - 16:00 - Training


SUNDAY 5TH MAY - RACE DAY:

08:00 - 09:30 - Scrutineering and sign on (scrutineering continues until 09:45)

09:45 - Riders briefing

10:00 - Morning programme begins: Training for Newbie, Rookie and Mini Bike classes, followed immediately by races

12:30 - Afternoon programme begins: Training for all other classes, followed immediately by races

The battle of the bosses. DTRA Race Director Anthony Brown takes on Hells Race organiser Bram De Roeck in the 2018 event

Track facilities for riders and spectators


Speedway Lelystad has really good facilities and is welcoming for riders and spectators alike. At the track, you’ll find:

  • Male and female toilets

  • An indoor bar and cafe with seating

  • Outdoor elevated patio/spectator area with seating

  • Open pits/parking, where you can also camp

Nearby amenities to Speedway Lelystad


The track is less than 15 minutes’ drive from Lelystad city centre (which is touted as ‘the youngest city in the Netherlands’), but there are amenities fairly close by too. Here are some places you might find useful over the Hells Race weekend.


Hotels:


Apollo Hotel Lelystad City Centre - A budget hotel about 10 minutes’ drive away

Agoraweg 11, 8224 BZ Lelystad


Hajé Hotel Restaurant de Lepelaar - A lodge-style hotel approximately 20 minutes’ drive away

Rijksweg A6, Lepelaar 4, 8218 PX Lelystad


Shops and supermarkets:


Jumbo - 10 minutes’ drive away

Voorstraat 282, 8226 HG Lelystad


Albert Heijn - about six miles away

Kamp 4222, 8225 HN Lelystad


Restaurants:


McDonald’s and KFC - less than four miles away

Larserplein 10, 8226 PB Lelystad


Chinees Vegetarisch Restaurant Yuan - A really good, all-vegetarian Chinese restaurant in Lelystad city centre

Dukaatpassage 23, 8232 GC Lelystad


Kanaya - All-you-can-eat Japanese buffet, also in the centre of Lelystad

Snijdersstraat 30, 8223 AC Lelystad


Fuel stations:


Tango (self service) - around two miles away

Roadrunnerweg 1, 8218 PG Lelystad


Shell - about seven miles away

Larserdreef 1, 8226 PA Lelystad


Style for miles in the Hells Race Vintage class

Weather


Keep an eye on the weather in Lelystad so you can pack appropriate gear for the weekend.

If the forecast is looking particularly severe, we’ll do our best to keep you posted on any changes, but as we aren’t running the event itself we won’t be making any major calls. We recommend following Hells Race on Instagram and Facebook for updates before and over the weekend.


What else is coming up in the 2019 DTRA Euros championship?


Round 2 of the European championship will be hosted at El Rollo, Wheels and Waves on Saturday 15th June, while Round 3 will be taking place on the oval at Greenfield Dirt Track on Saturday 21st September, as part of our final round of the Nationals championship.


Entries for El Rollo at Wheels and Waves are now open and it is already promising to be a fantastic event. The Vintage class sign ups for the Euros championship have been massive and we are sure that the series will add a really nice new dynamic to the already awesome El Rollo, held at the Astrodome in San Sebastian, Spain. We have some exciting riders signed up in all the classes - we will announce some names in the coming weeks and as with all rounds, we’ll put up a dedicated blog post with all the information you need ahead of the event too.


We’ll also mention here that we’ve added an extra option for Pro riders to score points in a Spanish round, as the El Rollo date clashes with the second round of the Copa Rodi flat track series at Rocco’s Ranch Circuit in Barcelona. The DTRA have teamed up with Dirt Track de Campions, so that points scored by our Pro riders at this event will count towards their overall Euros result.


The final round of the Euros at Greenfield Dirt Track here in the UK is certain to be a great finale to the series, and we are pleased to announce that professional flat track racer Masatoshi Ohmori will join us as a guest rider from Japan. Masa has visited Europe before for the Superprestigio invitational, but this will be his first outdoor race in the UK and we could not be more excited to welcome him. He’s renowned for his impressive riding style and flair for low, low sliding, so keep your eyes on Masa as he’s guaranteed to put on a show.


Bram De Roeck leads the way in the Inters class at Hells Race 2018

We hope this has given you all the information you need to get signed up and ready to ride in Hells Race and our Euros championship. Should you have any further questions, PLEASE check the information on the Euros page of our website first to see whether your query is answered there - otherwise, just drop us an email at info@dirttrackriders.co.uk, or message us on Facebook and we’ll get back to you as quickly as we can.


Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram too, and keep checking this blog for photos, videos and updates from both our Euros and Nationals championships throughout the racing season.


To all riders and spectators, travel safe, and see you at the races for the start of what will be another brilliant international flat track series.


Pictures by Maikel Thijssen and Mark Motorcycle Photography.