The focus for many at the Grand National Motorcycle Race Weekend, will be the King of Combe where all the fastest riders of the weekend will mass for a shot at the prestigious title. It looks like it will be a battle between two men...... and they are both local boys!. Stroud based Dan Cooper the three time winner is back to defend, but he will be on his 600cc Honda whereas his main challenger, and NG's top man of 2017 Josh Day from Cirencester is on a ZX10R. Cooper has track knowledge and has just returned from the Isle of Man TT. Day is on fire on the short circuits and has an unbeaten record so far this year. Expect a host of other Superbike riders to be putting the pressure on as Chris Pope, Michael Blank, Nick Williamson, Peter Carr and Shaun Hennessey are all confirmed on the grid.
Many of this year championships are turning into head-to-head challenges. Ciaran Bligh and Paul Jeffery in the 1300 Streetstock.... Simon Bastable and Leif Williams in 700 Streetstock... Thomas Payne and Paul Harlington in 1300 pre injection... Ben Broadway and Dave Mackay in the Sound of Thunder as well a a tight 3-way with Michael Rees, William Hollland and Jake Detloff in the Super Twins.
Elsewhere other classes have runaway leaders that need to be pegged back. Dave Hampton has a good grip on the 500 and supermono series and Paul Wardell is piling on the points in the Mini Twins. Phil Webber too is having things pretty much all to himself in the Prostock class....challengers step up!
The 250 National series sees a return to the grids for reigning champion Philip Atkinson after injury. Whilst he has been absent former champ Ant Hodson has been banging in the big points and is looking in a commanding position for the 2017 title.
There are two full days of action on and off track at this the Castle Combe Grand National meeting. Click Here to book your tickets.