Planning to race at Koningshooikt, near Antwerp on Saturday 9th June, which is a classic track, with natural terrain.
There’s some good youtube footage of last years meeting (hopefully the weather will be as good). It’s great racing and to say people are keen is an understatement. If you’ve always fancied racing overseas (and like Tim Manton cannot get selected for the Classic MXdN) then this is your chance !
It’s entry on the day, with a day license and I paid about 35-40 euro last year. You get a 20 minute practice, per class, followed by 2 15 minutes + 1 lap races (morning and afternoon).
Classes (should be) as follows :
– pre83 50-175cc
– clubman (over 55’s on modern bikes)
The license and insurance let you race 3 races on the day maximum, so you can only really compete in 1 class (which was enough for me last year). I can let the organisers know in advance that people are coming, mainly to ensure that your race number is okay (there is a list on Werner Castelyn’s site )
Koningshooikt is about a 2.5 hour drive from Calais and is motorway all the way. Camping at the venue, though there is a new campsite opening in nearby Lier (which showers etc) that week.
I’m booked to go Eurostar (as I normally do), as whilst slightly more expensive it does give more flexibility. I’m going Fri -> Sun, though coming back Monday will save some cash as it’s then end of school half-term / Queen’s Birthday
My crossing is as follows:
|Short Stay Saver Fare | Folkestone to Calais | Friday 08 June 2012 Departure (local time) Check-in closes 11:50Departure time 12:20Arrival time 13:55 |
|Short Stay Saver Fare | Calais to Folkestone | Sunday 10 June 2012
Returning (local time) Check-in closes 12:50Departure time 13:20 Arrival time 12:55 |
There is a cheaper option, to use the Ramsgate -> Oostend Ferry, but timings are not so good coming back. It’s a 3.5 crossing, but you’ll save an hour’s driving.
Want to come ?
There are three of us already planning to go, so have space for 2 or 3 more in the van and trailer, with max capacity of 6 – 7 bikes. If you want to take your own transport and join us, then let me know.
We’ll be leaving Bwlch / Tredegar on the Friday morning and can pick up people from there or on the way to Folkestone.
Contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org or +44 7720 079845 if you are interested.