Race Preview: DTRA Nationals & Hooligans Round 1 2021, Adrian Flux Arena, King’s Lynn
The DTRA is excited to welcome back our riders for the 2021 Nationals and Hooligans season, which kicks off in traditional style at Adrian Flux Arena in King’s Lynn, Norfolk on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th May.
After the rollercoaster of 2020 we’re as eager as you all are to get back to our normal racing schedule, and we’re thrilled to have received so many entries from riders old and new - plus there are a couple of special guests joining us for Round 1 who will shortly be revealed!
Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, unfortunately we can’t allow any guests or spectators from outside your household at Round 1 so please could all of our riders respectfully adhere to this so we can focus on getting back to racing. All attendees are also required to wear face masks at all times within the arena and car park, and also 'Check In' on the NHS COVID-19 app upon arrival.
Here’s everything else you need to know when getting ready for our opening round.
Entries are now closed for the Nationals and Hooligans Round 1
The entries for Round 1 came in fast and we’ve already closed them ahead of the race. However, there’s still plenty of time to remind yourself of our rules and regulations including the Code of Practice implemented by our governing body, NORA 92, and our current COVID-19 safety protocols.
The weekend comprises of Round 1 of our Nationals championship, and Rounds 1 and 2 of our Hooligan championship.
We’re welcoming a couple of special guests for Round 1
Joining us at King’s Lynn are two exciting guests who will certainly make the racing even more interesting. First up is Tim Neave, British Superbikes Superstock 1000 Championship racer who is returning to the dirt track to race in our Nationals Pro class.
Joining him is another British Superbikes racer who we’re sure you’re familiar with; Peter Hickman is swapping tarmac for dirt and will be fantastic to watch on the oval. We’re sure you’ll give both of our guest riders a warm welcome and enjoy a really memorable start to the long-awaited 2021 season.
Over in our Hooligans class, this will be ‘Greenfield’ George Pickering’s inaugural race not only in the class itself, but as part of the Indian Motorcycles team. He joins teammate Leah Tokelove, also on an S&S-prepared Scout FTR1200H, and we can’t wait to see how George takes to his new challenge in dirt track racing.
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.
Here’s where to find the track:
Running order and racing times
Here's how the weekend of Round 1 will play out.
Saturday 1.00pm - Pit Gates and Sign On opens (for Saturday only) 1.00pm – Tech Inspection opens 2.30pm – Sign On and Tech Inspection closes. Car park gates close 2.45pm – Riders briefing 3.00pm – Practice and Qualifying starts 5.00pm – Racing starts
Sunday 8.00am - Pit Gates and Sign On opens (for Sunday only) 8.00am – Tech Inspection opens 10.00am – Sign On and Tech Inspection closes. Car park gates close 10.15am – Riders briefing 10.30pm – Practice starts followed by racing
Track facilities for riders
The Adrian Flux Arena has exceptional facilities for all types of guests. Here’s what you’ll find at this track, however please note some facilities may be limited or unavailable due to COVID-19 safety restrictions so please arrive prepared.
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 supermarkets and restaurants (mainly fast food) situated within a few miles. Here 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.
Of course, all amenities are subject to COVID-19 restrictions and so we encourage our riders to check individual restrictions and opening times for anywhere you wish to visit around the track.
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
Dobbies Garden Centre (they do cracking breakfasts) - five minutes’ drive away
Campbell's Meadow, Hardwick Rd, King's Lynn PE30 4WQ
McDonald’s, KFC and Greggs - two miles away
Hardwick Industrial Estate, Scania Way, King's Lynn PE30 4LR
Esso - two miles away
West Winch Village Stores, 212 Main Rd, West Winch, King's Lynn PE33 0NB
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.
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 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, travel safe, and see you at the races for the start of our most eagerly-anticipated season yet. We’ve missed you all and can’t wait to see our riders back out on the track.