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Race Preview: DTRA Nationals & Hooligans Round 1, Adrian Flux Arena, King’s Lynn

Updated: Apr 1, 2019

The DTRA 2019 season kicks off on the weekend of April 13th and 14th, with Round 1 of our Nationals and Hooligans championships at the Adrian Flux Arena, King’s Lynn. It’s become something of a tradition to hold the season opener at this track as it’s a firm favourite among our veteran riders, which really sets the tone for another great season of racing.


Whether you’re joining us for your first-ever races, returning for another year or just want to come along and spectate (for free), here’s everything you need to know.

George Pickering leads the Pro pack at the 2018 season opener

Signing up to race in the Nationals and Hooligans Round 1


First things first, if you want to race in this round (and have already joined the DTRA), you MUST sign up - and pay - in advance for each class you wish to race in.


Sign up for the Nationals and Hooligans Round 1 here.


Race entries close at midnight on Friday 5th April. If you need to be reminded of how entry fees work, take a look at our 2019 Entry Pack and Class Regulations.


About the track at Adrian Flux Arena


The track at the Adrian Flux Arena is longer than the average UK short track, and has a consistent surface when it’s kept well-prepped by the team, although the shale surface does tend to groove up after a few heats. It’s floodlit which makes for some awesome night-time racing, but we won’t be running races too late into the evening this year.


Here's where to find the track:

Running order and racing times


The weekend of Round 1 will play out as follows...


SATURDAY 13TH APRIL - PRO, ADULT INTER, HOOLIGANS:


14:00 - Scrutineering and sign on

15:00 - Riders briefing

15:30 - Practice and qualifying races for Pro and Adult Inter (including practice for Hooligans)

18:00-20:00 - Main event for Pro, Adult Inter and Hooligans

20:00 - Podiums and presentations


SUNDAY 14TH APRIL - ALL OTHER CLASSES (YOUTH, MINIBIKE, ROOKIE, VINTAGE, THUNDERBIKE):


08:30 - Scrutineering and sign on

10:00 - Riders briefing

10:30-11:40 - Practice for all classes

12:00-16:30 - Racing for all classes

16:30 - Podiums and presentations


Vintage class rider Ross Jackson gets his first spill of the 2018 season out of the way

Track facilities for riders and spectators


The Adrian Flux Arena has exceptional facilities for all types of guests. Here’s what you’ll find at this track.

  • A huge trackside car park, which is camping-friendly and secured at night

  • Ample sized, covered pits

  • Indoor and outdoor bars

  • Food outlets, including a seated cafe

  • Several well-maintained male and female showers and toilets

  • Grandstands around most of the track for spectators, and a disabled viewing area

Nearby amenities to the Adrian Flux Arena


While there isn’t much in the immediate area around the track, there are hotels, supermarkets and restaurants (mainly fast food) situated within a few miles. Below are some nearby places that you might find useful - it’s worth mentioning that the track is only about five minutes’ drive from King’s Lynn town centre too.


Hotels:


Travelodge King’s Lynn - three minutes’ drive away

Kellard House, Hardwick Rd, King's Lynn PE30 5DG


Premier Inn King’s Lynn - five minutes’ drive away

12 Clenchwarton Rd, King's Lynn PE34 3LW


Dragonfly Hotel King’s Lynn - two miles away

Beveridge Way, Hardwick Narrow, King's Lynn PE30 4NB


Shops and supermarkets:


Bisla Premier Convenience Store - three minutes’ drive away

169 Saddlebow Rd, King's Lynn PE30 5BN


Sainsbury’s - two miles away

Hardwick Industrial Estate, Scania Way, King's Lynn PE30 4LR


Restaurants:


Dobbies Garden Centre (they do cracking breakfasts) - five minutes’ drive away

Campbell's Meadow, Hardwick Rd, King's Lynn PE30 4WQ


The Winch Pub & Restaurant - two miles away

70 Main Rd, King's Lynn PE33 0LY


McDonald’s, KFC, Frankie & Benny’s and Costa - two miles away

Hardwick Industrial Estate, Scania Way, King's Lynn PE30 4LR


Fuel station:


Esso - two miles away

West Winch Village Stores, 212 Main Rd, West Winch, King's Lynn PE33 0NB


Weather

We can’t guarantee the weather, but it’s good to know what the weekend has in store for us. Keep an eye on the King’s Lynn weather forecast below so you know what gear to pack.

In case you’re wondering, we only ever call off races if the weather forecast is exceptionally poor. We appreciate that many of our riders have long distances to travel to races, so if a race needs to be called off, we always aim to make the announcement in plenty of time beforehand, and attempt to schedule a rain date after the end of the season.

The rain-soaked track was no match for our fearless Youth riders last year. Lincoln Forte is chased down by Toby Johnson

So that should (hopefully) be everything that you need to know about Round 1 of the Nationals and Hooligans championships. If you have any further questions, PLEASE check the information on the Nationals page of our website first to see whether your query is answered there - otherwise, please 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 of course keep checking this blog for photos, videos and updates throughout the racing season.


To all riders and spectators, travel safe, and see you at the races for the start of what will surely be another awesome year.


Pictures by Ian Osborne.

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