Thousands thrilled by bikers at Weston-super-Mare Beach Race weekend
PUBLISHED: 17:30 20 October 2017
The organisers of Weston-super-Mare Beach Race say they have been 'blown away' by its success.
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.
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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
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.
“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.”
Youth 125cc/250cc/65cc races
Winner: Sam Nunn
Second: Aaron Colley
Third: Aaron Patstone
Winner: Josh Greedy
Second: Aidan Williams
Third: Brad Thornhill
Winner: Louis Vincent
Second: Ben Mustoe
Third: Shaun Mahoney
Quads and sidecars
Winner: Stefan Murphy
Second: Harry Walker
Third: Liam Garbett
Second: Katie Hodgson
Third: Fredrik Back
Youth 85cc, over 40s and adult solo
Winner: Jens Walvoort
Second: Louie Kessell
Third: Lewis Wood
Winner: Ton Van Grinsven
Second: Robert Clark
Third: Andy Frost
Winner: Todd Kellett
Second: David Knight
Third: Martin Barr