The Americans are coming
Once again the USA are fielding a very strong Evo Team with course specialists John Dowd and Doug Dubach being joined by Jeff Emig and Todd De Hoop. Make no mistake the Americans want revenge for their defeat at the hands of Team GB last year, but Dave King has pulled a trump card with Kurt Nicoll jetting in to lead a strong British contingent of Ryan Voase who helped GB to a win last year and the introduction of Jamie Dobb into the team backed up by Jon Barfoot.
A full line up of fifteen teams will take to the famous Farleigh Castle circuit for two days of hard racing in front of them and expect Team South Africa or Team Belgium to be the most likely challengers for podium places. Ex World Champion, Grant Langston leads South Africa and is backed up by Ryan Hunt, Andre David and Tony Riddell. Another Ex MX3 World Champion Sven Breugelmans joins Werner De Wit at the head of Team Belgium whilst Team Manager Danny Scheers has David Cools and Jurgen Van Nooten as the other point scoring riders.
There are also four races for the Twinshock Nations races and last year's winners, Germany have again assembled a strong proven team of Laurent Lacasse, Jurgen Kuppers, Maik Kaltenberg and Frank Jansen - Teitz. Iron man Breugelmans also features in these races for Belgium with Birk Schelfaut, Bengt Laeremans and David Cools completing the quartet. The UK Team will be looking to improve on last year's fifth position and hopes rest with Terry House, Wayne Butt, Pete Mathia and Ewan Johnson.
Apart from two team races for both classes each day there are also eight supporting classes of 480 riders making this event the biggest motocross gathering within the UK.
The action starts at 9am on both days and the postcode is BA2 7RR.
Admission Times and Prices
The gates open at 12 noon on Thursday 1st September and 8am on Friday 2nd September.
Each confirmed enter rider (and reserves) will have a free admission pass, a weekend Mechanic's pass and free camping for one vehicle for the whole weekend.
Spectator admission is £25 for an adult and £10 for children. A weekend camping pass is an additional £25 per vehicle or per pitch.
FARLEIGH CASTLE Vets MXDN 2016
REMINDERS FOR THIS MEETING
PADDOCK OPEN FROM THURSDAY 1st September 12.00 noon. PLEASE DO NOT ARRIVE EARLY.Gates Close at 8pm Thursday and there is no entry after this until Friday morning.
SIGNING ON IS ON THURSDAY 1st 3.00 pm – 6.00 pm & FRIDAY 2nd BETWEEN 10.00AM - 18.00PM ONLY. Closed for lunch at 1pm – 2pm
Gates open at 8am on Friday (again please do not arrive early) and will close at 9pm
If you wish to park with/ near a riding friend you will need to arrive together as spaces cannot be reserved.
Technical Control is on Friday 2nd September between 9am and 6pm
PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING ACU LICENSE FOR SIGNING ON, IF YOU HAVE NO LICENCE, YOU WILL BE CHARGED £15 FOR A WEEKEND LICENCE.
YOUR ENTRY FEE INCLUDES, RIDER + 1 (i.e. MECHANIC) WITH CAMPING,
ALL VEHICLES WILL BE CHECKED ON ARRIVAL.
EXTRA PASSES CAN BE PURCHASED AT THE GATE FOR £25 ADULTS & £10 CHILD (5 – 15).
PLEASE HAVE PATIENCE WHILST YOU ARE DIRECTED TO YOUR DESIGNATED AREA.
PLEASE USE ELSON TANKS FOR ALL TOILET CASSETTE WASTE.
GENERATORS TO BE SWITCHED OFF BY 11.00pm
NO RIDING IN THE PITS.
ALL TYRES & OIL TO BE TAKEN HOME.
PRACTISE / Timed qualification WILL COMMENCE AT 09.00 SATURDAY MORNING.
There will be a Team Mangers /Riders meeting at 6.15pm on Friday in the main marquee
Reserve Riders. You will sign on as normal and take part in the practice/qualifying session. You will then need to be in the Waiting Zone prior to your race and if a space becomes available the fastest reserve qualifier will take the place. This procedure will be the same for each block of races. The Waiting Zone will close to all riders when the chequered flag is first shown from the previous race. (See regulations for full details). If all reserves can be accommodated into the top 60 at the completion of signing this will automatically be done and the reserves will no longer be considered res
British Team Statement
We are aware that there are some posts on Facebook regarding the withdrawal of Brian Wheeler from the British Team. We must immediately state that this has no connection to the ACU or ACU Events Ltd - it is just that one of the organsiers who is in charge of the British Teams and Brian Wheeler could not come to an agreement. There will be much conjecture - and wrong information - being circulated but we can confirm that his son, Bradley who only applied for an entry at the beginning of this month was offered a free of charge reserve space in lieu of Brian's Team spot. The Club were not prepared to "kick out" any other rider who entered in the correct manner as far back as February 1st.
A club spokesman commented, "Whilst Brian is always popular with the fans no one rider is bigger than the event so we have to accept that Brian will not be riding this year. Dave King has put together a very strong British contingent and we are confident that the team and the racing will be equal or in excess of the usual standard.
Whilst we do not expect to make a further statement the Club will monitor further posts.
Individual Start List released
If you take a glance to the left hand side of this page you will see the Start List for all eight individual classes. The Two Team lists will be displayed in the middle of August when all Federation Start Permissions have been confirmed etc.
Reverting back to the classes published, if you are one of the riders who does not have a number allocated please contact Di by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your preferred choice - if it is free - and she will try and accommodate your request.
Rider list release next week
For the entrants who have requested riding numbers it is anticipated that the full list will be published on this website during the first few days of August. The Entry Secretary is currently busy allocating numbers to ensure minimum inconvenience to some riders where duplicates have been requested.
The Race Order will be published at the same time. Please check back.
Any enquiries should be directed to email@example.com
Top Guest Riders likely
Event supremo Dave King has been at it again and his shopping list for the 2016 event is looking promising. Big names that Dave is currently negotiating with are - Kurt Nicoll, Darryl King, Grant Langston, Jeff Emig, Jamie Dobb, Brian Jorgensen, Werner De Wit plus event favourites Doug Doubach and John Dowd.
We hope to be able to confirm all of these names as actual starters shortly and we will update this list as we get news.
UK Entries processed 29th February
Around 450 entries from all eight classes have been acknowledged by e-mail today. This includes the reserves in all classes.
Foreign entries will be acknowledged within the next seven days.
Anyone who has missed getting an entry and is under 50 years of age with a twin shock machine there are a few spaces still available direct into the class. Please download a form and post it to Di.
Entries this week
Di has been working very hard processing all of the entries and the first batch of approx. 45 in each class should be released by the end of the week. Additionally there are about 70 reserve spaces which will also be offered as per the Regulations.
Each rider will be notified individually of the acceptance. For the postal entries who did not send a SAE we trust that your e-mail addresses on the paper entry form are correct and legible.
A posting will be put on this website when the classes are live.
Processing Entries 14th February
Over 550 entries have now been put into the system and checked for correct details (machine and age etc). Foreign and Team entries are still coming in, but the aim is to get all acknowledgments done by March 1st so as you guys can gets the bikes prepped and ready in good time.
There MAY be a few spaces left in the Twin Shock classes once all have been processed and these will be taken by post ONLY.
A further update will be posted on Sunday 21st February regarding all classes.
Any questions should be directed to Di by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
2nd February Entry update
There were approx 700 riders wanting to enter yesterday which is the reason the classes filled within about five minutes of opening. The system coped very well. Some people tried entering more than once and several riders had their cards declined which means that there may be a few spaces left. Watch the website after March 1st.
The aim is to acknowledge all entries by the end of February after all have been checked. Generally, if you entered on-line with all the correct details, including ACU or Day Licence you stand a very good chance of acceptance. Postal entries received on Monday (there were a lot) should either be offered one of the ten spaces in the class or a reserve spot.
Entry update 1st February 7 35 pm
ALL ON LINE ENTRIES ARE NOW FULL
Please e-mail Di@rentafford.fsnet.co.uk if you require any further information.
If possible please supply the VM number
Entry Latest 6 15pm
The Evo 125, EVo 250 and Evo 500 Class are all now full
Thursday 28th January entry update
You will have noticed that the Regulations are now published on this website for you to read and digest. We have published these ahead of the entries opening as it is important for all potential entrants to read AND UNDERSTAND them. Following this, on Saturday morning, a printable entry form will be published to enable riders to post an entry form to reach the entry Secretary, DI THOMPSON, NOT THE ACU on Monday. Ten spaces in each class are reserved for postal entries.
Following this the on line entry system will open at 6pm on Monday evening for the three Evo classes, (125,250,500). The other five non team groups will open at 7.30pm on the same evening.Thirty five spaces are reserved in each class for on line entries. It will be an advantage to have read and understood the Regulations ahead of this as there will be a time limit of five minutes for each rider to complete their entry, which is easy to achieve if you follow the instructions slowly and carefully. If you miss the five minute allowance you have to start all over again at the back of the queue. Once you have reached the Worldpay payment stage you are in the system and the payment stage is exempt from the time limit.
It is also important that your date of birth and your machine size match the class for which you are entering otherwise the entry will be blocked. Non ACU members can still enter on line by buying a single event licence at the point of entry.
Riders who successfully gain a postal entry on Monday will be notified by e-mail ahead of the on line entries opening so there will be no need to submit an on line entry. Whatever happens, no rider will be charged twice.
Please note the entry system will only accept ONE entry from each e-mail address and it must be the actual rider who completes the entry form.
As in the past three years, entries will open on the 1st February for UK residents. However, in 2016 this falls on a Monday and many people are at work so the first on-line entries will open at 6pm. The system has been changed this year with just the three EVO Classes (125,250 and 500) opening first and each entry will ONLY accept machines with cc's which fall into the right category.
Please ensure you enter the class which fits your machine. Then, the other five classes ( EVO riders over 50 years old, Twinshock Over 50, Twinshock Under 50, Super Evo and Pre 83 125 combined with Pre 85 four strokes) will open at 7.30pm.
The system will recognise your name and e-mail address and will only allow you to enter one class. In previous years we are aware that some potential riders have asked someone else to enter on their behalf - this is not allowed as it is a requirement of entry that the actual rider acknowledges that he has read and agrees with the Regulations for the event which is an insurance condition.
Additionally, at 9am on Saturday 30th January, it will be possible to download a paper entry form which can be posted to arrive on February 1st. The actual Supplementary Regulations for the event will be published ahead of this date to enable all entrants to carefully read through them if you wish. Obviously, no rider will be allowed two entries and only one fee will be accepted.
Foreign rider and team entries will also open on February 1st but the on -line option is not available and will need to be posted or e-mailed direct to the Secretary
2016 title sponsor announced
Following their introduction as title sponsor for the event last September, the John Banks Group are once again confirmed again this year, but they will be joined by Bickers Action. Whilst the retail giant has confirmed their headline for 2016, they are happy to share with the other high profile company from East Anglia. Last September at the 2015 event, the Banks family were represented by John, Mark and Elliot Banks Browne (EBB) who were all enthused by the atmosphere at Farleigh Castle. Joining the John Banks Team will be a company all of us have watched on TV or the cinema many times in our lives without even knowing it. The Bickers action Group, founded by former champion Dave Bickers produces most stunts and action shots for film company's and now run by his son Paul. Paul himself was a 1980's top 35 rider.
Event supremo, Dave King made the announcement this week and is delighted at having the deal announced ahead of the entries going live on February 1st.