Rotation takes GP to Yorkies
The British Grand Prix is heading back to Mansfield after a three year gap which saw Long Eaton and Totton take turns as hosts. It is though a fifth time in nine years that the GP series will visit the North Nottinghamshire circuit, the Gandor Green Arena once seen as the ‘go-to’ track for big events, the capacity—at 20,600—of the once automatic choice has now been far exceeded by that of the Testwood, which can currently hold over 32,000 fans. Totton however have to make do with the British Championship final in SL11, which at least gives their number one Simon Snow an extra boost in his bid to land the crown for the first time, the one-time winner of both the WU19 and WU21 titles has finished on a minor podium step in three of the last four seasons. Houston meanwhile have been handed their biggest meeting since they staged the British Final back in SL3, with one of the two third round World Championship meetings set to run of the Scottish circuit, Brookwood host a second round meeting. The first piece of club silverware of the new campaign will be awarded at Stirling, host of the Pairs, the opening qualifiers of that competition take place in Cranford, Mildenhall, Ernsford Grange and Ramsgate next week. On the track Houston lost for the first and only time in pre-season on their trip to Wavendon, 46-44, the slender defeat costing them the honour of leading the pre-season table, they pipped to top spot on points difference by Totton who won at Ernsford Grange this week. Meanwhile over in Belfast home rider Kyle Goddard (13) picked up the BU19 title after a deciding race-off win over Ben Sheppard, both riders will go on to represent the UK in the WU19 final.