Chris's high flyers
IT will be a dream come true for Chris Louis tomorrow night.The Ipswich Evening Star Witches skipper has been planning a big moto-cross meeting at Foxhall Stadium since riding his first speedway meeting at the track in 1988.
By Elvin King
IT will be a dream come true for Chris Louis tomorrow night.
The Ipswich Evening Star Witches skipper has been planning a big moto-cross meeting at Foxhall Stadium since riding his first speedway meeting at the track in 1988.
"It is the perfect arena," he said while taking a break from preparing the circuit for the Foxhall Supercross spectacular, which starts at 7.0pm tomorrow night.
"My roots are in moto-cross and I have always liked the sport. Until this year I have not had the time to take my dream any further. But because of my back injury this has changed this year, and I have been able to promote tomorrow's event.
"Foxhall Stadium is the perfect stage and it will be nice to attract different supporters through the turnstiles."
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Over 400 lorry loads of dirt have been shipped into the stadium to make a course that covers parts of the stock car and speedway tracks as well as the centre green.
Work has been going on feverishly all week for an event that Louis would like to promote every year. "We will have to wait and see how this one goes, but my plan is to make this bigger and better in the years ahead.
"It would make an ideal two-day event and this might happen one day."
Louis, who has brought in top mikeman Mike Braband from the USA, is likely to feature on the PA at times himself.
He is well satisfied with the circuit. "Riders should spend more time in the air than on the ground and it should be a wonderful spectacle.
"Having seen practice it has made me blink. They make Evel Knievel look as though he was on tranquillisers.
"And the lads who are competing for the free-style title are mad. They rise 30 foot up in the air and then virtually let go of their bikes before landing miles down the track."
Apart from the free style event there are adult and schoolboy classes. The main adult class will see three heats followed by two second round races. They will last eight laps each.
There will then be two ten-lap semi-finals and a ten-lap second chance qualifier before the 15-lap main event.
Turnstiles open at 5.0pm with practice starting at 6.0pm. There will be trade stands to browse at.
Forty two riders have entered the adult class including: Richard Fitch (Colchester), Ricky Higgs (Tamworth), Carl Nunn (West Row, Suffolk), Danny Smyth (Scaynes Hill), David Wiggins (Horley), Jody Smyth (Scaynes Hill), Chris Scurfield (Sittingbourne), David Campbell (Brigstock), Mark Lloyd (Essex), Steve Bixby (Basildon), Joe Cook (King's Lynn), Karl Newton (Tunstead) Kim Ashenazi (Sandhurst), Chad Cook (Oaklahoma) and Stean Jolly (Framsden).
There are 15 competitors in the schoolboy class including Jake Nicholls and Laurie Squirrel both Ipswich. Six exponents have entered the freestyle event.
SUFFOLK'S top moto-cross rider Carl Nunn says that he cannot wait to ride in tomorrow's (SAT) Foxhall Supercross meeting at Foxhall Stadium.
The Mildenhall-based rider, one of the top three in the country, will start as one of the favourites in the adult class for the first event of its kind to be held in this part of the world.
"Chris Louis and his team have prepared the best track I have ever seen in this country," said Nunn. "It is just like the ones used in the USA where the sport is so popular because of the spectacular nature of the racing. I can't wait to get started."