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By woodbridgedmcc, Oct 13 2020 09:12AM

Sunday saw the Woodbridge and DMCC club host their first and last race meeting of the 2020 season at the Blaxhall Circuit in a year when Covid-19 halted the sport. With the number of riders reduced, the meeting saw 160 riders tackle the demanding Suffolk venue.


Following the morning practice sessions, the riders were separated into the groups for the races later in the day and allowed for the track to be maintained prior to the races.


In the A Group several National riders and local Expert riders were competing and in the opening race British Championship rider Dan Thornhill made a strong start ahead of Newmarket youngster Sam Nunn until he suffered a crash. As the race progressed Tom Grimshaw charged from a first corner crash to pass Thornhill and take the victory. Luke Parker and Declan Whittle also both recovered from a bad start to finish third and fourth ahead of Reece Martin in fifth.


The second A Group race saw a great battle between Thornhill and Grimshaw after Thornhill made the start and took the early lead prior to Grimshaw moving ahead before Thornhill retook the lead and the race win. Behind the front pair Josh Peters took third with Charlie Putnum in fourth and Martin in fifth.


The final race for the A Group saw Dan Thornhill and Luke Parker battle for the race win with Thornhill getting the advantage and taking the Overall victory on the day. Third place again went to Peters with Brad Thornhill in fourth and Martin in fifth.


In the B Group there was plenty of close racing as Matthew French took all three race wins for the overall, while Josh Deadman claimed second with a third and two seconds on the day ahead of Joe Phillips in third overall. Fourth overall went to Shane Brown and Lee Butson claimed fifth.


The C Group saw Jack Whitlam took the opening two race wins and the overall along with claiming the combined C and D Group at the end of the day. Second overall for the C Group went to Edward Jary and third to Mark Goodson.


In the D Group Lee Keyton took the overall win after finishing as the first D Group rider in the combined C and D final race. Second place tied on points with Keyton was Joshua Fullalove and Toby Souchotte in third.


The event marked the end of a tough year and the club looks forward to 2021 when they hope to welcome spectators back to events at Blaxhall.


By woodbridgedmcc, Sep 7 2020 03:41PM

The Woodbridge DMCC are pleased to announce that we will be running a race meeting on Sunday 11th October at Blaxhall. Entries will be limited to 160 riders and each rider will be allowed to bring two people from their family bubble and should arrive in the same vehicle where possible.

The meeting will take the format of Heat’s, Semi’s and a Final giving all riders a practice session and three races during the day. (Prize Money for the Final will be subject to the success of the meeting)

Strict Covid-19 restrictions will still be in place for the event and although we have Council clearance, it will still be subject to any local spikes.

Unfortunately, No Spectators will be allowed at this race meeting, any that arrive at the venue will be refused entry. There will be NO OVERNIGHT CAMPING ALLOWED AT THIS EVENT.

Entries will be opening at 7pm on Friday the 11th September and charged at £50 per rider. All entries will be via the ACU Online System – www.ride-acu.uk (Day Licences will be available). When making your entry please ensure that your Email Address is correct as ALL Race Information will be sent via this email and it is your responsibility to ensure you have received it prior to the event.

If you need to HIRE a transponder please do so at the time of entry.

PLEASE READ THE COVID-19 INSTRUCTIONS BELOW

Additional Covid-19 Instructions

All riders, please ensure you read and fully comply with these additional instructions. The ACU National Sporting Code will be applied to any rider or support crew not complying.

1) Entries and cash - As handling of documentation and cash must be minimised, all entries, one day licences and hire of transponders must be on-line.

2) Nature of event – Four groups of riders and each group to be selected at random. Riders to remain in the same group for Practice and their first race.

After the first heats, the fastest 20 riders from Heats 1 and 2 will go to Semi Final A Race 7, and the fastest 20 from Heats 3 and 4 will go to Semi Final B Race 8.

Non qualifiers (21-40) from Heats 1 and 2 will contest races 5 and 9, and non-qualifiers (21-40) from Heats 3 and 4 will contest Races 6 and 10.

The top 20 from each semi final will progress to the Grand Final (Race 12).

The non-qualifiers from Races 7 and 8 (21 -40) will contest the Consolation Final (Race 11)


3) Fitness to be at the event - Riders must not enter or attend the event, nor must any other person with Covid-19 symptoms. If you start to show symptoms at the event, you must not report to Medical staff or the first aid centre. Go home, self-isolate and call 111 if your condition deteriorates.

4) Travel and support crews - Riders should travel to the event in accordance with Government and ACU Covid-19 restrictions for social distancing in force at the time. The event is non- spectator and the number of support crew is currently limited to rider plus two. If you cannot maintain social distancing in your vehicle and your support crew is from a different household, they must travel in a separate vehicle. If required, you must be able to supply the details of the name and contact details of your support crew/ mechanic.

5) Overnight camping: There will be no overnight camping

6) Pit entrance gate: Any riders with additional people over the rider plus two limits, will be refused entry to the site. – No refunds will be given for non-compliance.

Temperature checks may be taken.


7) Signing on - They will be no physical signing on. Your attendance will be marked off by the Secretary of the Meeting before you enter the Paddock. You will be identified by your ACU licence or Valid Photo ID for a Day Licence.

8) Parking – You will be parked in the Paddock by a Club Official and maintaining at least 2 metres between vehicles. There will be no parking in groups allowed.

9) Scrutineering – The rider must personally present their machine for scrutineering with their race numbers on the machine. The rider will be instructed to demonstrate that brakes, throttle and footrests etc. are all working. Technical Officials will visually inspect the rider’s helmet for signs of damage and the presence of a gold stamp without handling the item.

10) Transponder

a) If you need to hire a transponder, you must pay online in advance.

b) If you have hired a transponder, you must collect it from the timing hut. You will be required to place one of the following (ACU licence, driving licence or credit card) in an envelope provided by the timekeepers which will be located in the transponder case, together with the appropriate transponder number. Please seal the envelope and replace it in the same slot as the transponder has been taken from. You must also provide a mobile number to the timekeepers in case there are any issues that need to be followed up.

c) For transponder returns the procedure is reversed.

d) If your transponder fails on the day for any reason, you can purchase using cash from the timekeeper, but you must provide the correct amount of £10.00.

11) Start holding area - The start control area has been divided into two separate sections spaced out with 2 metre spacing. Area 1 is a new holding bay at the rear of the start line where riders 1 to 20 will be held. Area 2 in the normal holding bay where riders 21 to 40 will be held. Both areas will provide 2m social spacing.

When in the Holding Areas your helmet must be worn at all times – Strictly just riders permitted in the Holding Areas.

12) Start line – A maximum of 40 riders will be permitted on the start line. When authorised to go to the gate:

a) Ensure your gloves and googles are on.

b) Every other gate is marked with Black and Yellow Tape. If you choose a gate with Black and Yellow

tape you may go fully up to the gate. If you choose a gate not marked, you must initially hold back 2m from the gate so that all riders are staggered. When the 15 second board is displayed, you may move up to your gate and line up normally against the next rider.

13) On track activity

a) Rider/mechanic/rider's assistant only to recover machine with authority from the Clerk of the Course (C of C).

b) If a rider is injured, the C of C will arrange to recover the machine with protective PPE being worn.

14) Medical and injuries:

a) Do not report to Medical staff if you have, or start to display, any signs or symptoms that look to be Covid-19 related i.e. high temperature, persistent cough or loss of taste or smell. Immediately go home, self-isolate and dial 111 should your condition deteriorate.

b) Please do not go to the Medical staff for minor cuts and bruises.

c) Please bring your own first aid kit to deal with minor cuts and injuries.

15) Timing and results

a) The timing hut officials will not deal with any queries during the event. The secretary of the meeting is the principal point of contact.

b) Start gate position will be determined by Practice Times for the first race and race positions for the following races (2nd and 3rd Race)

c) Results will be displayed on My Laps Speedhive Live Timing Results (being trialled at the event). Hard printed copies will not be posted at the event.

16) Toilets and personal hygiene:

a) Please bring your own hand sanitiser to the event.

b) The club will be providing someone to clean the toilets at regular intervals

17) Catering: - Catering facilities will be available as a takeaway. Please maintain social distancing.

18) Litter: - Bin Bags will be provided, please take all your own litter home. It is important for club officials not to touch litter.

19) Social distancing:

a) Applies at the event in terms of parking, scrutineering and signing on, paddock area, start line, toilets and catering.

b) When you have finished your race, go straight back to your vehicle in the paddock. Do not stop for any reason to talk to friends or fellow riders.

c) The wearing of masks will be encouraged.


Please help the club make this work by abiding by the instructions as we are trying to get the sport up and running again.

Thank you.


By woodbridgedmcc, Jul 27 2020 03:26PM

Woodbridge DMCC are pleased to announce that we will be running an ACU Practice Day at Blaxhall. This Practice Events will be run under strict ACU Covid 19 restrictions and Club restrictions.

The Practice Day is Adult Only will be held on Saturday 15th August.

For the Practice Day on August 15th the Entry Fees will be £30 for Woodbridge Club Members and £40 for Non Woodbridge Club members

Entries will open first for Existing Woodbridge DMCC member for 48 hours from the Monday 3rd August at 7pm until Wednesday 5th August at 6pm (Club Membership is Currently Closed)

When you log on to enter the meeting you need to makes sure that Woodbridge is your primary club and the club that you are riding for, we have a membership list and will check you are on it before accepting your entry.

If you have an ACU Enduro Licence you will need to apply for a Motocross Licence via your ACU Online Portal or call the ACU Licence Department on 01788 566417, there is no charge for this (except for upgrading from Trials to Motocross). This will need to be done prior to trying to enter the event.

Woodbridge Club members will be able to buy a Day Licence for £5 during the Priority period ONLY - NO DAY LICENCES WILL BE SOLD AFTER WEDNESDAY 5TH AUGUST AT 6PM

Non-Club Members will be able to enter from Wednesday 5th August at 7pm (Annual ACU Motocross Licences ONLY – No Day Licences Will Be Sold from This Point)

The Day will be split into a Morning and Afternoon session of up to 80 riders in each (Divided into two groups of 40)

Sessions will be 20 minutes long and in an on / off rotation (20 minutes On Track – 20 Minutes Off Track)

The AM session will be for Novice and Juniors grade riders

The PM session for Experts and Juniors

All entries will be via the ACU Online system – www.ride-acu.uk


Additional Covid–19 Instructions for Blaxhall Practice Event

This event will be run on an ACU Covid 19 practice permit, and using the ACU Risk Assessment.

• All entries will be done via the ACU online system – www.ride-acu.uk


• All competitors must have an Annual ACU licence - No Day Licences will be allowed to Non Woodbridge Club Members.


• If you have symptoms of COVID 19 or have been in contact with anybody who has in the last 14 days, please do not enter or attend this event.


• If you reside in an area placed in a Local Lockdown you will not be permitted to attend.


• The event will have a maximum of 160 riders, over two sessions, one 9.30-12.30, the second 1.30-4.30, there will be two separate carparks for morning and afternoon to comply with Government Guidance.

o The gates will open at 7:45am for the morning session. Please be there before 9:00am as we will be CLOSING THE GATE at 9:00am. Anyone who arrives late will be refused entry to the venue and not receive a refund. Practice will start at 9:30am.

• The first session of riders will leave the venue via a separate exit within 45 minutes of their session ending. No Bike Washing to be done on Site, Riders to Leave venue ASAP


o The gates will open at 12:00pm for the afternoon session. Please be there before 1:00pm as we will be CLOSING THE GATE at 1:00pm. Anyone who arrives late will be refused entry to the venue and not receive a refund. Practice will start at 1:30pm


• Each rider should travel to the event in accordance with the Government and ACU Guidance, Riders will be restricted to one mechanic/assistant (from your own household) who will only use their own tools, tools are not to be shared.

o If you cannot maintain Social Distancing in your vehicle or your mechanic/assistant is from a different household, they must travel in a separate vehicle (this vehicle will not be given access to the paddock.)


• If you arrive with more than one person, you will be asked to leave and not receive a refund. This will be checked at the entrance.


• Spectators are Not Permitted to this event and will be refused entry to the venue.


• Upon arrival riders will have their temperature checked.


• Once this is been done, they riders will proceed towards the paddock where they will be signed in visually by the event secretary, so no touching of pen/paper occurs. You will be required to hold your ACU Licence Card up to the closed window of your vehicle so that it can be checked.


• Riders will then be shown where to park by club helpers/officials, there will be no parking with friends or moving their vans once positioned.


• Riders are to provide their own hand sanitiser in the paddock and Face Covering if they wish to wear one.


• Hand Sanitiser stations will be located around the venue and all riders will be provided with a bin bag to take their rubbish home with them as there will be no bins/skip on site.


• The event will then be run under timed sessions, with a maximum of 40 on the circuit at any one time.


• No mass starts - riders will be held in a socially distanced manner in their respective groups before being allowed onto the track with a suitable distance between each rider.


• Covid-19 signage will be displayed reminding members of the paddock to observe social distancing protocols, regular hand washing protocols and face masks are advised to be worn in public areas.


• Riders are to stay in their designated paddock area, only leaving this area for practice or if medical attention is required.


• Riders and their associate will be responsible for abiding by / self-policing social distancing protocols.


• If you start to show symptoms at the event, you must notify the Race Secretary by phone 07963118917 BUT you must NOT report to First Aid Staff. You must return home and self-isolate and call 111 if your symptoms deteriorate.


• There will be No overnight camping or social gatherings at Practice events.


• Up to 1 catering unit will be onsite (Takeaway only).


• Toilets will be provided, monitored, and cleaned when necessary, please use the hand sanitiser supplied on entering and leaving.


• Club Officials or the Clerk of the Course will strictly impose these requirements. Non-compliance will result in being asked to leave the event and not receiving a Refund.


By woodbridgedmcc, Jun 22 2020 10:01AM



I hope I am finding you all hale and hearty, and the worst of your feelings are frustration at not being able to live the life and do the things we used to.


I am not going to go into the details of what is still a national and worldwide emergency, the likes of which have not been seen in any of our lifetimes. It is, suffice to say, that Covid 19 is still a clear and present danger to us all, albeit in varying degrees depending on your age or health status.

Obviously, as an ACU affiliated Club we are bound to a large extent by the guidance they are giving, regarding being able to run events. Their guidance is in turn dependant on advice coming from the Government, which is being updated on a regular basis. As things stand at this time, the guidance given and the restrictions imposed make holding events in all our three disciplines unworkable and uneconomic.

We are, however, hopeful that the situation will improve in the medium term, and that we will be able to get some events up and running from August or September onwards. Our teams of organisers are as keen to get going as you are to get your bike out; we are looking at what procedures and protections we need to put in place to safeguard everybody's wellbeing. There are likely to be strict restrictions on the numbers of riders, how many people can accompany any rider, food outlets and many other things that we have come to accept as normal. The world is now a very different place, but we will do our best to get our sports going again as soon as we are able.


In the meantime, please stay safe and vigilant.


Trevor Andrews.

Chairman Woodbridge & DMCC Ltd