Blaxhall Motocross, Suffolk
The Woodbridge Club is lucky enough to have its very own personal venue at Blaxhall near Wickham Market. The circuit is used as the home for Motocross, while also running a number of Trials events, while the clubs Enduro and Grasstrack events are held at a number of different venues with the grateful support of local Farmers and Landowners that continually help and support the club.
The sandy circuit at Blaxhall near Woodbridge in Suffolk features a flowing layout which uses its natural changes in elevation to create an exciting race circuit for both riders and spectators. Blaxhall has played host to a number of British Championship events in the early 90's and more recently the British Open and Under 23 Championships.
The Blaxhall circuit is a well presented venue that produces exciting racing across all forms of racing from club events to British Championship events.
The Blaxhall Circuit is Signposted off the A12 from Woodbridge and for people using Sat Nav's please use the postcode IP17 1LG and the circuit will be signposted from that point.
Blaxhall kicks back into action this Sunday
This Sunday sees the Woodbridge & DMCC host their first Motocross meeting of the season at the Blaxhall circuit near Woodbridge. A 160 rider strong entry and exciting 12 race programme featuring both Expert and Junior graded riders will produce a full day of racing action on the sandy circuit.
The Expert line up consists of a number of British Championship riders looking to gain some vital track time ahead of the Maxxis event in June. Top National riders include European EMX250 Champion and British Championship front runner Steven Clarke and youngster Liam Knight who recently finished 4th in the opening round of the British Championship, along with last year’s third place finisher in the European 300cc 2 Stroke Championship Lewis Gregory.
Local British Championship stars also include Ipswich based James Cottrell, Lewis Tombs, Luke Benstead, Shaun Southgate, along with a number of local experts such as Brad Tomlin, Jason Morland and Luke Parker. With such a strong line up the racing is sure to be great.
While in the Juniors will be split into three groups featuring a number of up and coming riders including youth star Brett Pocock who is returning the Blaxhall venue after taking victory in last year’s 85cc class. With 120 Juniors all battling it out across three groups there is sure to be plenty of close racing.
All the action starts at 9:30am with practice followed by the first race of the season at around 10:30am. Admission prices are £10 for adults and £5 for unaccompanied children with the Blaxhall Circuit being located using the postcode IP17 1LG.
The club are also seeking marshals for this event and anybody interested should contact Debbie Blyth either by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07963 118917. For more information please visit www.woodbridgemcc.co.uk or the clubs Facebook page.
About the Woodbridge Dmcc
As some people may or may not be aware the Woodbridge Club actually started life off as the Rendlesham and District club. During the early part of 1956 a number of enthusiastic motorcyclists from the local area would gather at Dave Williams workshop. The idea of forming a club finally happened in the September of that year with Dave Williams as Chairman and John Easty as Hon. Secretary. At the end of the first year the membership stood at 24 people headed by Dave Williams who constructed his own special trials bike.
1957 saw the Club hold a Sporting Trial at Mr Flemming’s sandpit at Eyke. The highlight of the year was the club’s Gymkhana in mid July and was 2 hours of non-stop fun and action including clowns and fire jumps presented by John Easty. In September some of the club members take part in the Gymkhana on Saxmundham Sports Field. By 1959 Motor Ball had been introduced but never really took off, but the club had begun to hold a number of different charity rallies including the Guy Hawkes run. At the end of the year that with great shock that John Easty stepped down from the club. Over the next couple of years the club began running more and more events including grass track meetings.
During the early years the Club would hold a number of very successful dances to help to raise funds for the club. In the summer of ’59 the club ran two successful grass tracks one at Moat Farm and one at Foxborough Hall and held their first Yarmouth Run. In 1960 and again the club organised two Grass Track events, this time they were one at Bredfield and Foxborough Hall and through the kindness of our President, Major W.E.P Miller we ran the first Sidecar Grand National. The club continued to run Sporting Trails and although the club didn’t make a lot of money the riders always had a good time.
The clubs name changed from the Rendlesham Club to Woodbridge DMCC in 1966 when the club held its first Scramble at the Blaxhall Pits circuit. The day even saw a man sat beside the track with the Doomsday Book to try and see if it was allowed to race motorcycles on a Sunday.
In 1979 BBC TV visited Blaxhall to film programmes for ‘Sporting Types’. In 1981 the club purchased the land where the current car park is. In 1983 the name was official changed and the club was now known as Woodbridge & Distract MCC Ltd and this meant members of the clubs had to put themselves on the line and those 7 people were Jackie Whitehall, John Read, Geoff Cant, Wilf Harvey, John Fisher and Eileen and George Osborn. Without these people the club wouldn’t be in the same position today, and from that day on the Club has gone from strength to strength and run round of the British Championships and Qualifiers over the years.
Full and exciting Motocross season ahead at Blaxhall in 2016
With the motocross season just four weeks away the Woodbridge and DMCC are preparing for an exciting and action packed year ahead at their Blaxhall venue.
During the 2016 season the Woodbridge club will be hosting four Motocross events as well as a round of the prestigious Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship powered by Skye Energy on June 28th.
The first meeting of the season will take place on Sunday 29th March and feature line-ups of Experts and Junior graded riders. Entries for this event are already open and with a number of top National grade riders and up and coming Junior riders already entered it is sure to be an great days racing to start the season.
On the 26th April the club will be hosting the 2nd round of the Eastern Centre Motocross Championship for both Expert and Junior classes. With multi British Champion Carl Nunn looking set to defend his crown, a group of top local riders including Luke Benstead, Shaun Southgate, Jason Morland, Brad Tomlin and Lewis Tombs will all be looking to put on a good show in the Expert Class, while in the Junior class the racing will be close fought and intense.
The third event of the year at Blaxhall will be the fifth round of the Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship powered by Skye Energy on Sunday June 28th. Europe's premier domestic championship sees Grand Prix riders from across Europe, including countries such as France, Estonia, Lativa, Finland competing against Britain's best World, and European talent, along with some of the best home grown riders. With three championship classes and nine races in action including the highly competitive MX1 and MX2 classes and the MXY2 featuring the future of British Motocross. Local front runners will include Jake Nicholls (Ipswich), and Elliott Banks-Browne (Bury St Edmunds) who will both have overcome pre season injuries to compete in front of their home crowd alongside other local stars such as James Cottrell (Ipswich), and Lewis Tombs.
August 2nd will see another Open Motocross Meeting take place at Blaxhall, with Expert and Junior riders all competing in an action packed 15 race programme. The meeting will also include round 5 of the NGR Championship for riders over the ages of 35.
The final meeting of the year will round of the busy season on the 13th September, when the club will host the penultimate round of the Eastern Centre Championship. With just a handful of races left in both the Expert and Junior classes the racing will be close as every championship point becomes vital.
For any more information about any of the events taking place at Blaxhall during the 2016 season please visit the clubs website www.woodbridgemcc.co.uk or Facebook page. The Woodbridge and DMCC are also seeking marshals for each of their events and anybody interested should contact Debbie Blyth either by email at email@example.com or on 07963 118917.
Blaxhall Motorcross - Events 2016
- Sunday 29th March Experts/ Juniors Blaxhall
- Sunday 26th April Eastern Centre Motocross Championship Round 2 Blaxhall
- Sunday 28th June Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship Round 5 Blaxhall
- Sunday 2nd August Experts/ Juniors/ NGR Championship Blaxhall
- Sunday 13th September Eastern Centre Motocross Championship Round 7 Blaxhall
- Sunday 22nd March Eastern Centre Enduro Championship Butley
- Sunday 19th July Eastern Centre 2 Man Enduro Championship Blaxhall
- Sunday 30th August Eastern Centre Enduro Championship Butley
- Good Friday 3rd April Blaxhall
- Sunday 1st November TBA
- Sunday 27th December Butley