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Race Preview: DTRA Nationals Rounds 4 and 5, Amman Valley Half Mile, Ammanford, Wales

Updated: Jul 12, 2019

As we move into the second half of the 2019 DTRA season, we’re looking forward to making the journey to South Wales for Rounds 4 and 5 of our Nationals championship at the Amman Valley Trotting Club’s half mile track on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st July. The rounds will take place on two consecutive days to make the most of the weekend at a historic trotting track in Tairgwaith, Amman Valley, deep in the Welsh valleys. 


Following Round 3 at the Greenfield Dirt Track TT, Spanish rider Gerard Bailo (#17) is enjoying a comfortable lead in the Pro class, with Ferran Sastre (#215) and Gary Birtwistle (#11) in second and third place respectively; Gary is the current holder of the Hooligan championship title, an accolade that he’s gripping onto tightly with a 12-point lead in the 2019 championship. Check out who’s in the running for the titles in our other classes by viewing the 2019 championship standings on Speedhive here



Here’s everything you’ll need to know about getting ready for racing with us at Amman Valley, or just coming along to spectate (for free) and support your favourite riders. With two rounds to complete in as many days, it’s going to be a packed weekend of racing - and will change the course of the championship for many of the riders.


Signing up to race in the Nationals Rounds 4 and 5


First, and most importantly, you MUST sign up - and pay - in advance for each class you wish to race in over the weekend of Rounds 4 and 5.


Sign up for the Nationals Rounds 4 and 5 here.


Race entries close at midday on Friday 12th July. If you need to be reminded of how entry fees work, take a look at our 2019 Entry Pack and Class Regulations.



About the course at Amman Valley


Normally used as a horse trotting track, Amman Valley is, at half a mile long, the largest track that we race on in the Nationals championship. The track is made of deep, coarse and absorbent dirt with a gravel-like texture, with corners that are wide and long and offer plenty of opportunities for overtaking. You might want to consider your bike’s suspension set-up before the weekend, as the track is susceptible to becoming bumpy in parts. 


Here’s where to find the track:


Running order and racing times


Here’s how the weekend of Rounds 4 and 5 is currently set to run. With two rounds to get through, we will be running a packed daily schedule with all classes riding on both days.

 

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY - ALL CLASSES


08:30 - Scrutineering and sign on

10:00 - Riders’ briefing

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

11:30 - 16:30 - Racing for all classes

16:30 - Podiums and presentations



Nearby amenities to Amman Valley Trotting Club


Being in a semi-rural location, there aren’t any large supermarkets too close to the track, so we recommend coming prepared with all of the food, drink and camping gear that you’ll need for the weekend. We also highly recommend bringing a gazebo or van awning so you’re ready for whatever the weather has in store…


Everything you could need is within driving distance though - here are some places within the vicinity of the track that you might find useful.


Hotels:


The Red Kite Inn - about 10 minutes’ drive away

89 Pontamman Rd, Ammanford SA18 2JD


Pontyclerc Farm House Bed and Breakfast - seven miles away

Penybanc Rd, Ammanford SA18 3HP


Shops and supermarkets:


Lifestyle Express - five minutes’ drive away

17 Heol-Y-Gors, Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen, Ammanford SA18 1PE


Tesco Superstore - about 20 minutes’ drive away

Wind Rd, Ystradgynlais, Swansea SA9 1AD


Onsite Catering:


Fantastic catering onsite provided by volunteers with proceeding going towards the AVTC please remember to use this facility.


Fuel station:


Brynamman One Stop Service Station - less than two miles away

Park St, Lower Brynamman, Ammanford SA18 1TF



Weather


We can’t guarantee the weather, but it’s good to have an idea of what the weekend might look like. As the Amman Valley track is pretty absorbent, our racing shouldn’t be affected by any rain unless it’s particularly severe.


Keep an eye on the Ammanford 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 Rounds 4 and 5 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 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.


To all riders and spectators, travel safe, and see you at the races for the fourth and fifth rounds of our championships in the heart of the Welsh valleys. 

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