ACU Events have now released all the dates and venues for the 2012 Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship and an exciting new formula which will be used at selected rounds.
The fantastic facility at Fatcat Moto Park will start the series off on March 11th and a separate announcement regarding special facilities will be announced concerning this event shortly. The Hawkstone Park event has been brought forward to a summer date (round six) whilst Langrish is re-introduced at their Manor Farm venue, which will incorporate a weekend event, probably with Sidecars, Quads and Evo racing on the Sunday to create a real value for money weekend for fans.
Having traditionally opened the series for the past two years, the series finishes with the Little Silver event near Exeter in early October.
The eight venues will be;
March 11th, Fatcat Moto Park, Doncaster
April 1st, Canada Heights, Kent
May 6th, Lyng, Norfolk
May 27th, Milton Moto Park, Northants
24th June, Desertmartin, Northern Ireland
29th July, Hawkstone Park, Shrewsbury
27th August (Monday), Langrish, Hants
7th October, Little Silver, Exeter
Series Manager, Brian Higgins commented, “We are delighted to have everything in place and contracts signed by all eight organisers. Unfortunately, Farleigh Castle does not feature in 2012, but we are talking with the new land agent and hopefully the Somerset venue will be included for 2013. I am excited about the series kicking off at Fatcat, which we openly admit was chosen for the opening round due to the tarmac entrance, hardstanding and sand track. Equally, I am pleased about Langrish returning to the series as traditionally the August Bank Holiday event gets a large crowd of spectators”.
Whilst five rounds will remain similar to 2011, with three MX1, three MX2 and two support races of either Youth or Veterans, the remaining three rounds will have a revised format, with just two races each for the MX and MX2 classes of the normal 20 minute duration, whilst the top twenty riders from each class will go forward to a longer 30 minute shootout race at the end of the day. Obviously this is exciting as the old format did not allow the top MX1 and MX2 riders to race together. It is also understood that at these specific rounds only, two extra races will be included for Big Wheel 85cc riders (and 150F’s) to show their talents in front of the big teams and large gathering of spectators. Again Higgins enthused, “We have consulted with many of the leading teams and whilst the basic formula seems to work we felt it was the right time to introduce something different and the prospect of Tonus and Whatley racing together is exciting. Equally, I am delighted the Youths will have chance to show their skills on major tracks in true championship conditions”.
The allocation of classes at each event will be finalised once the FIM have announced their final Motocross GP fixture list, hopefully very soon.