Race Preview: DTRA Nationals Round 3, Greenfield Dirt Track TT, Lincolnshire
Unbelievably, we’re already a third of the way through the 2019 DTRA season, with Round 3 of the Nationals championship, in association with Indian Motorcycle, up next at Greenfield Dirt Track on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June. This follows Round 2, which took place at the MCN Festival of Motorcycling in Peterborough, and where things got interesting with an all-international Pro podium - Spanish riders Gerard Bailo and Ferran Sastre took 1st and 2nd places respectively, with American Johnny Lewis making the most of his trip ‘over the pond’, and finishing 3rd.
This will be the first of two rounds that we’re holding at Greenfield Dirt Track this year; the first will be using the TT course, with the second (Round 7, in September) using the oval. As the only purpose-built flat track facility in the UK - it was created by our Pro rider, George Pickering on his family’s farm - it’s safe to say that this place is pretty special. Add in an amazing team of people who work tirelessly to keep it race-ready, and provide excellent hospitality for all who visit, and you’ve got an unforgettable couple of weekends to look forward to.
Here’s everything you’ll need to know about getting ready for racing at the Greenfield TT, or just coming along to spectate (for free) and support your favourite riders at a brilliant track.
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About the TT course at Greenfield Dirt Track
The track at Greenfield Dirt Track consists of hard clay, which usually attains a nice and wide ‘blue groove’ over the course of the day. The TT circuit is built off the oval, and having right-hand turns makes for good racing, interesting lines and more opportunities for passing.
Here’s where to find the track:
Running order and racing times
Here’s how the weekend of Round 3 will go. Greenfield race weekends are always relaxed but we run a packed daily schedule so please make a note of the timings.
SATURDAY - PRO, ADULT INTER, VINTAGE:
1:30 - Scrutineering and sign on
15:00 - Riders’ briefing
15:30 - 16:30 - Practice and qualifying for Pro and Adult Inter (including practice for Vintage)
18:00 - 20:00 - Main event for Pro, Adult Inter and Vintage
20:00 - Podiums and presentations
SUNDAY - ALL OTHER CLASSES - YOUTH, MINIBIKES, ROOKIES, THUNDERBIKES:
08:30 - Scrutineering and sign on
10:00 - Riders’ briefing
10:30 - 11:00 - Practice for all classes
11:00 - 15:30 - Racing for all classes
15:30 - Podiums and presentations
Track facilities for riders and spectators
As a grass-roots dirt track facility, Greenfield doesn’t have amenities such as a bar, cafe or showers, but it does have all of the essentials for some of the very best weekends in the DTRA calendar. Here’s what you’ll find at the track:
Well-maintained, separate male and female toilets
Running water (safe to drink, but not to everyone’s taste so bring bottled water if you’d prefer)
Loads of trackside space for parking and camping
Spectator platforms and elevated viewing areas
There isn’t any shelter around Greenfield Dirt Track, so we strongly recommend bringing a gazebo - large enough for your bike(s) and for yourself. It’s also in the heart of rolling countryside with not much for miles around, so make sure to bring camping gear, and all the food and drink you’ll need for the weekend, not forgetting your own cooking equipment. Everyone always gathers around the fire on the Saturday night for a drink, or seven...
Nearby amenities to Greenfield Dirt Track
As we’ve mentioned above, Greenfield boasts a magical and peaceful location in the Lincolnshire countryside. That means there aren’t any amenities immediately nearby, but you’re never more than a short drive from fuel or extra food. Here are some places, mostly in Alford, that you might find useful.
The Anchor House - about five minutes’ drive away
2 East St, Alford LN13 9EQ
Half Moon Hotel and Restaurant - just under three miles away
25-28 West St, Alford LN13 9DG
Shops and supermarkets:
Lincolnshire Co-op Alford Food Store - about five minutes’ drive away
Church St, Alford LN13 9EG
Spar - 10 minutes’ drive away
Ulceby Cross Roundabout, Ulceby, Alford LN13 0EY
The Jolly Friar - traditional chippy about five minutes’ drive away
1 Church St, Alford LN13 9EF
The Red Lion - a nice pub with food, six miles away
Hogsthorpe Rd, Mumby, Alford LN13 9SD
Ulceby Cross Filling Station (Rix and Spar) - 10 minutes’ drive away
Ulceby Cross Roundabout, Ulceby, Alford LN13 0EY
Bilsby Rix and Spar - about three miles away
Alford Rd, Bilsby, Alford LN13 9PY
We can’t guarantee the weather, but it’s good have an idea of what the weekend might look like. Keep an eye on the Lincolnshire weather forecast below so you know what gear to pack.
For those of you 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, so if a race needs to be called off, we always aim to make the announcement in plenty of time beforehand. In the instance of a cancelled round, we will attempt to schedule a rain date after the end of the season.
We hope that this should be everything you need to know to prepare for Round 3 of the Nationals championship. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or message us on Facebook and we’ll get back to you as quickly as we can.
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To all riders and spectators, travel safe, and see you at the races for the third round of our championships, at one of the most impressive tracks in the country.
Cover image by Tom Bing