This Sunday, March 17, sees Lancs County MC host the second round of the 10-round 2019 Kia National Twinshock Championship. This is the first time Lancs County have staged a Kia round and so the Brookhouse Brickworks (Caton Moor Wind Farm) venue, near Lancaster, will be new to most, although the club have staged Normandale rounds here.
The entry features all the usual suspects in all classes which are, Historic Spanish (in Pre-78 Twinshock), Twinshock, Pre-72 Britshock and Air-cooled Monos. Each class features basic eligibility rules and there are two section routes for Clubman and Expert, to suit all abilities.
So we have the likes of Mick Grant (Bantam) and Robin Luscombe (Cub) in the Clubman while Yrjo Vesterinen (Bantam) goes for it in Expert Britshock. Richard Allen tried a Gori 200 in Expert Britshock in the opening round and has another go after a tune-up on Sunday.
Expert Historic Spanish champ Chris Myers forsakes his Bultaco for a Clubman outing on a 250cc twin-cylinder four-stroke Tribsa which features a Triumph Tigress (scooter) engine slotted in a Bantam chassis and built by his cousin Jonty.
You get variety in the Kia! Dean Devereux was in awesome form to win the Experts overall in the opening Aqueduct round on his Bultaco in Historic Twinshock but he will surely have a battle on his hands against similarly-mounted local ace Nick Shield on Sunday.
But with a full-house entry of 130 (and eager riders on the reserve list hoping for a last-minute call-up) anyone can turn in a ride on the day and, with riders like Chris Koch, Ben Butterworth, Kiaran Hankin, Ian Peberdy, Steve Bird, Chris Greenwood and Dan Clark no doubt someone will.
The Kia is all about enjoying your trials, regardless of ability or machinery and two laps of a decent lap containing 20 sections should ensure just that. The venue (LA2 9PS) is only around 15 minutes from J34 off the M6 and will be flagged from Caton.
Hard-standing parking is very good for competitors and spectators, but remember it is usually pretty draughty and cold out there – it is a wind farm! First riders are away at 10.30am with Clubman heading for section one and the Experts heading further along the course, just to get things going.