Clarke heads to Kent
The 2013 MCF QRA British Quad Beachcross Champion Jamie Clarke will have the shinny number 1 plate displayed on the front of his KTM Quad as he heads to Margate for the QRA Monarch of Margate Beachcross weekend which is also the start of the MCF QRA British Beachcross Championship season traditionally starting at the Kent seaside resort of Margate, the 9th event the QRA team have organised on the towns Main Beach.
Clarke will have to defend against former QRA British Quad Speedway Champion and the highest placed Brit in the worlds biggest Beach race – Enduropale Du Touquet Carl Bunce and reigning MCF QRA British Quadcross Champion, Douglas Wheels & Tires sponsored rider Paul Holmes . Three very quick French lady Quad racers are coming across along with over forty other riders from across the English Channel.
Headlining the solo class is reigning champion Arnaud Degousee, fresh from finishing 4th in the Enduropale Du Touquet in Le Touquet. Degousee slipped to 4th after leading for several laps, something we are yet to see at Margate as the Sandgypsy normally dominates on English shores and is simply magic to watch as he masters the ever changing track whilst the others try everything to challenge his dominance.
But this time there are several riders who could just do it.
Local hopes are pinned on the shoulders of BXUK international ambassador Ali Davies who since partaking in his first Beach race event at Margate in 2007 he has just completed every round of the demanding French Sand Championships.
So the place to be this coming weekend, the 8th 9th March is Margate Main Beach the 9th QRA Margate International Beachcross weekend for Adult Solo, Adult and Elite Youth Quads competing in six point scoring races (three each day) with groups decided from timed practice. So once again competitors, their families and car loads of supporters will head to the Kent seaside resort from all across the UK and Northern Europe.
The event attracts thousands of people on to the seafront to witness the colourful, action packed racing on the golden Margate sands. The Thanet District Council, Island Events, local traders and residents have welcomed the event back with open arms.
“It’s great to be back with the QRA Margate Beach Cross weekend, this event, which is not just important to the town of Margate and Thanet area but to our sport. The months of planning all falling in to place and it’s great to have the support of the local traders and the council/authorities who have been so accommodating towards the event and working with Roy Barton from the MCFederation we are really looking forward to another cracking weekend” Commented event front man Tony Nash.
The track construction gets underway during the week leading up to the event with the help of plant machinery from Ovenden’s Plant Hire. Several changes are being made to the layout and general construction of the dry sandy beach.
This time the track will be different as the winter bund, which is normally in place when the events have taken place has not yet been installed, so there is a bigger blank canvas to work from and be creative with the plant.
Action gets underway at 10am on both days, timed practice on Saturday. The event is backed up with stalls, trade stands and the town of Margate Old and New with its many shops, restaurants, cafe’s, bars and the new Turner Centre..
The weekend at Margate is also rounds 1 and 2 of the 2014 MCF QRA British Beachcross Championship, so not only is the event a standalone event worthy of attending for competitors and spectators but part of a four weekend, eight round British championship.
Last years winners
Ovendens Open Solo Class
1st Arnauld Degousee 2nd Arnaud Mordacq 3rd Cedric Tosatto
The Brake House Open Quad Class
1st Matthieu Ternynck 2nd Jerome Bricheux 3rd Stef Murphy