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Race Preview: DTRA Nationals Round 7, Hooligans Round 5 and Euros Round 3, Greenfield Dirt Track

Updated: Sep 16, 2019

Following another outstanding year of racing, the 2019 DTRA season will be brought to a close at Greenfield Dirt Track on 21st and 22nd September. The track will host the final round of all three of our championships - Nationals, Hooligans and Euros - over the weekend, which we hope will make for a bumper number of entries, some epic battles to secure the championship standings and a great two days with our DTRA family to conclude the season. 



While Spanish rider Gerard Bailo has already comfortably taken the title in our Nationals Pro class, the 2nd and 3rd podium places are as yet unclaimed, as are the titles in most other classes. You can view the results for the season to date, and the current championship standings here on our website


This will be our second visit to Greenfield Dirt Track of the season; this time all racing will take place on the oval. As many of you know, Greenfield is the UK’s only purpose-built dirt track facility, and we’re grateful to its creator (and DTRA Pro rider) George Pickering and his family for hosting us twice this year, and always making our visits such a pleasure for riders and spectators alike. George and his team pull out all the stops to ensure that the track is kept fully prepped over the weekend of our meetings at Greenfield, often at the expense of their own riding. It’s a truly special place and we’re thrilled to be spending the final weekend of our season there.



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.


Signing up to race in the final round


First, and most importantly, you MUST sign up - and pay - in advance for each class you wish to race in over the Round 7 weekend.


Sign up for our final round here.


Race entries close at midday on Friday 13th September. If you need to be reminded of how entry fees work, take a look at our 2019 Entry Pack and Class Regulations


About the oval at Greenfield Dirt Track


The oval track at Greenfield Dirt Track consists of hard-packed, rich Lincolnshire clay, which when worked in the right way by the track team, attains a nice and wide ‘blue groove’ over the course of the day. The grippy, consistent groove makes for fast, close racing, and is why this track is so favoured by our riders.


Here’s where to find the track:



Running order and racing times (TO BE CONFIRMED)


Here’s how the weekend of Round 7 will go. Greenfield race weekends are always relaxed but we will be running a particularly packed daily schedule over the weekend of our final round, so please make a note of the timings. PLEASE NOTE, THESE MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.


SATURDAY - PRO, ADULT INTERS & VINTAGE:


12:00 - Scrutineering and sign on

14:00 - Riders briefing

14:30 - Practice and qualifying for Pro and Adult Inters (including practice for Vintage classes)

16:00 - 20:00 - Main event for Pro, Adult Inters and Vintage

20:00 - Podiums and presentations


SUNDAY  - ALL OTHER CLASSES INC HOOLIGANS & EUROS 


08:30 - Scrutineering and sign on

10:00 - Riders briefing

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

12:00 - 16:30 - Racing all classes

16:30 - 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.


Hotels:


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


Restaurants:


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


Fuel station:


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


Weather


We can’t guarantee the weather, but it’s useful to 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 that this round must be cancelled, the current standings in each class will be awarded. 


We hope that this should be everything you need to know to prepare for the final round of the 2019 DTRA season. If you have any further questions, PLEASE check 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 from our Nationals, Hooligan and Euros championships, even after our season has completed.


To all riders and spectators, travel safe, and see you at the races for the concluding round of our championships, at one of the most impressive tracks in the country. 

Photographs by Braking Point Images and Tom Bing.

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