Start your engines: Drag racing returns to Santa Pod next month

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High-octane two and four-wheeled drag racing action will return to Santa Pod Raceway next month, following a period of closure due to coronavirus.

Initially due to start their straight-lining season at Easter, the Wellingborough venue will begin action in early July; with two competitive 'Racer Day' events and one 'Run What Ya Brung' public trackday. 

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Saturday, July 4 and Sunday, July 5 will see the drag racers take to the strip, with the third public event for road-biased machines taking place on Saturday, July 11.

To adhere to current government guidelines, all three days will take place behind closed doors, with a maximum of 100 pre-booked entries allowed to take part, per daily event. This is to allow for adequate social distancing within the paddock, which would normally hold 300 race teams.

All three events are open to bikes and cars, with the Racer Days open to vehicles with race tyres and the additional event only accesible for vehicles with treaded, road-legal tyres. To make sure you don’t miss out, both of the Racer Days will be live-streamed on Santa Pod’s YouTube and Facebook channels, too.

Alongside reduced numbers, teams will be restricted to a maximum of one driver or rider with five crew members. It’s claimed there will also be hand sanitiser stations throughout and regular hand washing will be encouraged.

Tickets to each event are bookable on a first-come, first-served basis. To get yours, click here.

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Dan Sutherland

By Dan Sutherland

Senior Writer (motorcycling), sportsbike nut, currently riding a FireBlade