Plater and Lowes to ride indoor shorttrack

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British Supersport champion Sam Lowes and recent Honda TT Legends World Endurance signing Steve Plater are just two of the top names lined up to race in the Braintree Bonanza indoor short track meeting on Bank Holiday Monday, December 27.

Lowes has no previous experience of racing on dirt but as an accomplished former speedway rider Plater has the potential to bloody the noses of the short track regulars on the tiny indoor dirt oval bullring at Towerlands, Braintree, Essex.

But the competition is going to be fierce with American professional dirttracker Chris Boone, Italian sensation Jacopo Monti (the 2010 Redmax Thunderbike Champion) plus speedway stars Edward Kennett and Aussie Kevin Doolan in the line-up.

Boone is flying in from Jefferson City, Missouri, USA. He started dirt tracking aged five, raced locally from mini bikes to the open class and turned pro at 16, running in the pro singles for four years and finished fourth in the National Championship.

Boone kept his National number for five seasons racing Harley Davidson XR 750’s and a Suzuki SV1000 but now rides indoor races in the States and is an expert at the indoor arena at DuQuion where they run a full winter series.

Boone will be riding a Suzuki RMZ at Braintree and will team up with Peter Boast and Tim Neave in the Silkolene Suzuki team.

Australian Kevin Doolan is the Kings Lynn speedway number one but also rode in the first round of the ShorttrackUK Championship this year. He missed three months of the speedway season though injury but has just returned from Australia to racing indoors.

Other top names in the 32-rider line-up include Shorttrack UK champion Aiden Collins, grasstracker Mitch Godden, another speedway star Simon Lambert, teenage Shorttrack UK sensation Tom Wooley and, the man who brought American-style dirttrack racing to the UK, Peter Boast.

Support classes include the Mad Mini Bikes and Shorttrack Juniors.

Racing starts at 1pm. Adults £12.50, Concs £9,Children under 16 £6, Family ticket (2ad 2u16) £32

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Gary Pinchin

By Gary Pinchin