Gallery: Thousands enjoy ‘mind-blowing’ beach race weekend

PUBLISHED: 12:00 28 October 2014

Fire stunt spectacular with Joseph Peace.

Fire stunt spectacular with Joseph Peace.

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THE 32nd annual Weston Beach Race will be remembered as ‘one of the best ever’, according to organisers who praised the ‘exceptional, amazing and fantastic’ event.

Thousands of fans and dozens of bikers descended on the town’s sands on Saturday and Sunday for two days of daredevil racing action.

‘Perfect’ weather conditions led to a good turn-out and some high-calibre contests on the track, as riders safely negotiated what organisers had described as ‘one of the toughest off-road events in the world’.

And in a romantic twist of racing symmetry, Shaun Simpson emerged as the overall winner – more than three decades after his father Willie proved victorious in very first beach race.

Gareth Hockey, of event organiser RHL Activities, said: “Exceptional, amazing and fantastic are just three words I could use for today’s racing. I’m pretty choked-up to be fair, the weekend was just mind-blowing.

“Every rider in every class did themselves proud, the crowd was phenomenal and the dry weather helped for sure.

“A huge thank you to the thousands of fans who attended, the incredible weather was perfect and the fantastic racing in all classes made for a fun-packed two days.

“My team has been quite superb in the build up to this weekend and exceptionally busy Saturday and Sunday.

“Congratulations to all class winners and to Shaun Simpson, finally taking a Weston Beach Race win, just like his dad, Willie, 32 years ago.”

Winner Shaun said he was ‘ecstatic’ to have bagged the win.

He said: “It was great; you dream of perfect Westons, the fuel stops went perfectly and I would like to thank my family who all did an excellent job throughout the three hours.

“I never even fell off once, never stalled it - absolutely textbook race.

“I took the lead from the beginning and just held it really, I felt really comfortable and really strong and the bike was amazing.

“I made it to the first corner in first and then I knew I would be good in the dunes, I think I had a five or six second gap on the first lap - I’m ecstatic.”

With plenty of other racing in different bike classes and rider age-groups, plus the crowd-favourite quad bikes, it was an action-packed weekend.


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