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The Welsh Road Race will re­turn to the his­toric Ep­pynt cir­cuit in 2018 and is in­tended to be the big­gest road race on main­land UK tar­mac in the last 50 years.

The race will be held on a ballsy 5.25 mile cir­cuit in re­mote rolling coun­try­side, com­ple­mented by des­ig­nated view­ing ar­eas, pur­pose built grand­stands, plus cater­ing and re­tail fa­cil­i­ties over a two-day rac­ing pe­riod. It is hoped that the race can even­tu­ally be ex­panded into a five-day fes­ti­val, sup­ported by the es­tab­lish­ment of a road race academy for young and old rac­ers alike.

The first event will take place on the 4th and 5th of Au­gust 2018 fea­tur­ing the fol­low­ing classes: Ul­tra Light­weight – 125cc to 250cc, Light­weight Su­per­twin – 650cc, Welsh RR Zero – Elec­tric, Su­per­sport – 600cc and Su­per­stock – 1000cc. Each class will have a cap of 40 en­trants, with two rid­ers set­ting off at ten se­cond in­ter­vals – the fin­ish­ing time will then pro­duce the even­tual win­ners for each class with the Su­per­stock win­ning rider re­ceiv­ing the orig­i­nal and his­toric tro­phy. With around 150 mar­shals, a mo­bile doc­tor, am­bu­lance crew, trained first aid per­son­nel and rapid re­sponse teams the Road Race of the Main­land re­ally means busi­ness, along­side be­ing in talks with North One Tele­vi­sion for a live show­ing.

Health and safety and rider li­ai­son direc­tor Steve Plater said: “When I was asked if I wanted to be in­volved the first thing I did was jump on the bike and rode all the way down from the North West 200 to check it out! The track is in re­ally good or­der with in­cred­i­bly good tar­mac and barely any fur­ni­ture what­so­ever (like houses, lamp­posts, cat’s eyes or drains). Be­cause the track isn't the widest, we straight away opted for a time trial for­mat as we felt it would per­mit the safest and clos­est rac­ing.

“Al­though it’s only 5.25 miles long, the lay­out is in­cred­i­bly tech­ni­cal and has a load of crests, jumps and blind cor­ners, which means learn­ing it won’t be easy, but the view­ing ar­eas will be ab­so­lutely mega. This has all come from the pas­sion side of the sport and I can’t wait to get stuck in and do my bit to help make this dream a re­al­ity!”

For more in­for­ma­tion on tick­ets, en­tries and ev­ery­thing else, visit www.welshroad­race.com

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