McGuinness and Plater to race indoor shorttrack

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TT lap record holder John McGuinness and British Supersport champion Steve Plater will take part in the Braintree Bonanza Indoor Shorttrack meeting on 27th December.

Plater, 2009 Senior TT Winner & British Supersport Champion, is no stranger to Shorttrack, having competed at the Christmas Meeting for the last three years. Last year got on the rostrum with a third place in the Grand Final.

Plater has been riding for HM Plant Honda in 2009 and is set to be race the CRF450 Honda that was kindly lent by team boss Neil Tuxworth to American dirt tgrack legend  Chris Carr to race at Rye House earlier this year.

15 time TT winner McGuiness is used to going sideways – between racing on the roads and in the National Su0perstock series, he chills out by riding his own ex-Jason Crump speedway bike! He’s no stranger to shorttrack either, having riding at the Christmas meeting couple of years ago, reaching the semi-final stage!

Another TT hero Gary Johnson is also down to race at Braintree. But it will be his first time riding Shorttrack, with backing from CCM, Dynomax and the Flat Track Experience.

The three TT heores will be up against 24 of the best flattrack riders in Europe including 3 times  UK champion Marco Belli from Italy, 2009 European & UK Champion Peter Boast and also former European Champion Jacopo Monti anther fast Italian and with British Under-21 Speedway Champion Lewis Bridger and a former British Grass Track Champion Paul Cooper thrown in the mix.

This is the first ever indoor Flattrack Meeting ever held in Europe and will be staged at the luxurious Towerlands Centre in Braintree, Essex,CM7 5BJ on the afternoon of Sunday December 27th racing from 1pm.

The 1000 seater arena is one of the country's largest and most established showjumping venues with large car parks, licensed bar and cafe amongst the fan-friendly facilities on site.

Adults Tickets are priced at £12 Advance and £12 on the day, £6 Concs, £5 Under 16's and can be bought in advance from Shorttrack UK website: or by ringing 01673 878426.

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Gary Pinchin

By Gary Pinchin