Monday, 22 April 2013

DTRA is Go!

The first race of a new era in UK flat track racing went off at King's Lynn yesterday and it looked fantastic. The new DTRA built on the great work Short Track UK - the founding fathers of British Flat Track - have done for the last seven or eight season's and carried it on.

There are a few changes, more evident to the racers than spectators. One thing that didn't change was Aidan Collins winning the Pro Class (Sideburn 10 cover star Tom Neave was second, long time short track racer Tim Greig a brilliant 3rd).

There was a huge entry, with lots of new racers, especially in Thunderbikes and Rookie classes, though the pro class was a little down on numbers. There were a good few people in the stands, but the UK scene, like the amateurs in the US, is kept going by race entry fees and series sponsors rather than people through the turnstiles. No one at the DTRA is making money - it all goes to track rent, trophies, medical cover and insurance.

There was a lot of enthusiasm at the track yesterday and it was good to see. Thanks to everyone who makes it happen - volunteers, organisers, timers, track and pit marshals, sponsors, racers and their families.

The race report and all the class results are over on the DTRA site now.

Next race DTRA race is Rye House, May 19 (NOT 21 as I originally wrote). G

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