Foxhill back in the big time

Motocross Grand Prix circuit Foxhill returns to the big time when the Wiltshire venue stages the second round of a new professional British motocross series in June.

The famous venue will stage the second round of the new five-round international motocross championship promoted by Future West with sanction from the AMCA.

The new series is a direct rival to the established eight-round Maxxis British Motocross Championship promoted by the ACU.

Future West's John Hellam said: "Foxhill is the home of the British, GP, it's the one track the fans all love to go to and watch.

"If this is successful this year we will consider running a GP there in the future."

And Future West, who have signed an exclusive deal for adult solo events at Foxhill, are even considering applying to run a round of the world championships at Foxhill in the future.

Although the circuit has not been used since rain washed out the 2000 British motocross GP, Hellam is confident Foxhill will be in prime condition by June.

Series sponsors Hydrex are based just down the M4 at Bristol and have committed machinery to work on the track and build in any infrastructure needed at the site.

The famous GP venue joins Castle Donington, Leisure Lakes and Desertmartin as the confirmed venues for the Future West series.

Canada Heights and Hawkstone Park are both under consideration as the final round of the series in September.

The format of the series will bring together racers of all ages and abilities, from youngsters right through to the top professionals with a maximum of 120 entries allowed in the 125cc and Open Pro rider classes.

The amateur AMCA class has a limit of 40 riders while there will also be classes for youth riders at 65cc, small-wheeled 85cc, big-wheeled 85cc and 125cc level. Each youth class will be restricted to 60 riders who will race in a series of qualifiers on the first day of each round, with the top finishers qualifying for one extra race on the second day.

Earthmoving company Komatsu, through British importers Hydrex, are backing the series and will ensure all of the race tracks at the five venues are in top condition.

Future West's John Hellam said: "We are working with sponsors to achieve a level of prize money that has never been attained in this country before. We're trying something new to this country and we hope to bring everyone together on the same weekend for a series we hope people will remember. "

Future West International motocross championship: May 5/6 Castle Donington, June 29/30 Foxhill, July 20/21 Leisure Lakes, Southport, August 9/10 Desertmartin, September 21/22 TBC

Regulations are available from the AMCA on 01543 466282, or fax 01543 466283.

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By MCN Staff