Thousands thrilled by bikers at Weston-super-Mare Beach Race weekend

PUBLISHED: 17:30 20 October 2017

TT Motorcycle competitor and television personality Guy Martin heading for the race start.

TT Motorcycle competitor and television personality Guy Martin heading for the race start.

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The organisers of Weston-super-Mare Beach Race say they have been 'blown away' by its success.

Crowds enjoying the trade stands.Crowds enjoying the trade stands.

The 35th HydroGarden Weston Beach Race saw around 70,000 racing fans gather on the seafront to enjoy some high-octane, fast-paced competition across the two days.

Classes ranging from quads to over 40s and juniors put on a plethora of thrilling races, while TV personality and motorcycle champion Guy Martin also took part.

Dougie Lampkin and team trials demo.Dougie Lampkin and team trials demo.

Staff from event organiser, RHL Activities, and sponsor HydroGarden have sung the praises of the ‘brilliant’ event and have promised to make it ‘bigger and better’ in 2018.

Gareth Hockey, director of event organiser RHL Activities, said: “I’m absolutely blown away.

Young fan enjoying the Beach Race atmosphere.Young fan enjoying the Beach Race atmosphere.

“This year’s HydroGarden Weston Beach Race is one of the best events we’ve ever done – I can’t wait to come back and do it again.

“Thanks has to go to everyone involved, all of our top riders and of course Guy Martin.

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“We’ve got lots of ideas to make it bigger and better for next year, and it’s also great so many top riders are interested in competing here.”

Jonathan Aldridge, HydroGarden managing director, added: “It’s been really good.

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“I think for the second time round we could learn all the lessons from last year – it’s not too complicated yet and we’ve come along and tried to do a better job than last year.

“The whole standard of the event has gone up, we’ve managed to match that with what we’ve done, and it’s just made the whole event brilliant.

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“It just seems to have been so much better this year than last.”

The beach race also saw success for local talent, as 20-year-old Todd Kellett from Somerset came out on top in the gruelling three-hour adult solo class for the second consecutive year.

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He led the rest of the 800-strong field from start to finish, with 39-year-old David Knight finishing second and Northern Ireland’s Martin Barr ending third.

Todd said: “It was absolutely perfect and I’m over the moon.

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“I was expecting the traffic, but I felt my technical skill was good enough and I was thankful to be able to negotiate all the riders.

“I can’t wait to go for a hat-trick of wins next year.”

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Youth 125cc/250cc/65cc races

Youth 125cc

Winner: Sam Nunn

Second: Aaron Colley

Third: Aaron Patstone

Youth 250cc

Winner: Josh Greedy

Second: Aidan Williams

Third: Brad Thornhill

Youth 65cc

Winner: Louis Vincent

Second: Ben Mustoe

Third: Shaun Mahoney

Quads and sidecars

Quad solos

Winner: Stefan Murphy

Second: Harry Walker

Third: Liam Garbett

Quad two-man

Winner:Kerruish/Thorpe

Second: Hodder/Kellett

Third: Downes/Downes

Quad 4x4

Winner:Sam Clowes

Second: Katie Hodgson

Third: Fredrik Back

Sidecars

Winner: Davies/Ferguson

Second: Lawford/Scrivens

Third: Williams/Peters

Youth 85cc, over 40s and adult solo

Youth 85cc

Winner: Jens Walvoort

Second: Louie Kessell

Third: Lewis Wood

Over 40s

Winner: Ton Van Grinsven

Second: Robert Clark

Third: Andy Frost

Adult solo

Winner: Todd Kellett

Second: David Knight

Third: Martin Barr

Photos of Beach Race 2017. Picture: Clive FurbankPhotos of Beach Race 2017. Picture: Clive Furbank

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Dougie Lampkin and team trials demo.Dougie Lampkin and team trials demo.

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