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Short Track Racing: Dublin doubling as Las Vegas..?
By Admin
Mar 2, 2011, 00:50

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That’s the set-up in the arena on each day of this year’s Irish Motorcycle Show, at the Royal Dublin Showground with the first-ever appearance here in the Republic, of Europe’s fastest growing motorcycle sport: indoor Flattrack racing! 

An all-American import, over Stateside Flattrack is a massive sport and hosts a full indoor series each winter with the South Point Casino Arena in Las Vegas, one very prestigious venue. 

Here, a group of intrepid pioneers and star guests mounted on either bespoke Flattrackers or any Dirttrack-type machine adapted so that the front brake is removed, have been thrilling the crowds in mainland Britain, Germany, Holland, Italy and across central and eastern Europe.  And now following the success of the Short Track UK-arranged Bonanza at Braintree, Essex these past two years now, it’s Ireland’s chance to marvel at the extraordinary mix of nerve, balance, brawn and skill in negotiating the tightest of turns with up to eight riders a race!

Our star visitors who we’ll see ‘go fast, turn left’ are:

Peter Boast – a former Isle of Man TT star and Speedway rider with the Sheffield Tigers, Boastie is the pioneer who brought Flattrack racing here to Europe after being the first from this continent to appear in the legendary Stateside AMA Grand National series.  A world number three on the ice rink racing scene in the US too – Boastie has became a massive star here with his Short Track exploits claiming the British title double at ST and Thunderbikes in 2009!

Tim Neave – if Boastie is fast approaching veteran status then the future of the sport very much belongs in the hands (or is that handlebars!) of the likes of fellow Team Suzuki GB starlet, Tim: the reigning UK Short Track junior champion.

Tom Woolley – but standing at the head of the line of the young pretenders currently is the Derbyshire-based twice UK junior champ at this discipline, Tom Woolley.  Tom has already made a great success of his step up to the big time with second place overall in the 2010 STUK championship winning the final round to put down a marker for the 2011 campaign.

Ben Baker – Ben was Woolley's main rival when they were the two star juniors back in the late noughties and the Helmets4u Honda team man has established himself too as very much the man to beat at senior level.  His battling second place indoor at Braintree in December means that Baker is certainly cooking on full power and perhaps goes into this competition as the favourite.

Steve Plater – surely needs no introduction to motorcycling fans: a modern-day legend at the Isle of Man TTs, it’s a hop across from his Manx stomping ground here to Dublin to show off what extraordinary versatility the several-times British Powerbike and British Supersport champion and Superbikes superstar shall demonstrate on the very different track and racing style of indoor Flattrack!

Completing the line –up are some of the real stars of Short Track racing from the UK:

Richard May: third in the 2009 STUK Thunderbikes championship and CCM works team stalwart

Glyn Pocklington – Mr. Helmets4u – the Honda mounted Skegness-based racer has a hugely impressive racing CV in this discipline: including third place in the inaugural Braintree indoor meeting back in 2009.

Geoff Baldock – another rider with extensive TT experience on the Isle of Man, there are few able to out muscle this multi STUK Grand Finalist when he’s in full flow mounted on his Robspeed Yamaha!

Tim Greig was runner-up in the inaugural STUK championship back in 2005 and has achieved similar silver status in the Europe-wide Mefo Cup title race.  A multi-champ at MotoX and Super Moto, Tiger Tim is the reigning AMA Amateur & Top Gun MX Champion

Darren Trapmore took the mini-bikes title back in 2009 and moving up to the big boys clinched a well-deserved 2010 Rookie Of the Year accolade as he finished  7th. overall in the UK Championship on his Kinrade Honda.

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