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300 Curves Of Gustav Havel – Preview

Despite clashing with the Vauxhall International North West 200, the ever popular 300 Curves of Gustav Havel meeting in the Czech Republic, has once again attracted a diverse top draw entry, which includes IRRC stars, various Czech roads front runners and high calibre newcomers.

At a glance just some of the major names set to battle it out for feature race honours next weekend, include Horice maestros Marek Cerveny (Wepol/Penz 13 BMW), Didier Grams (G&G Motorsport) and Kamil Holan (Mc Race BMW), who have all over the years enjoyed a vast amount of stellar results, tumultuous moments at what many consider to be the Czech Republic’s most famous and acclaimed closed roads event.

A newcomer last year, big bike IRRC championship leader Danny Webb (Wepol/Penz 13 BMW) is set to tackle again the challenging roads of Horice. Growing each year in terms of roads experience, pace and honing his craft, it wouldn’t be a surprise at all to see him in the mix next week for race honours.

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Wepol/Penz 13 BMW team mates/event debutants Jamie Coward who impressed on his IRRC debut at Hengelo, and multi Irish road race Superbike champion Derek Sheils, between them add a touch of proven international roads quality to the almost 40 strong class entry.

Further depth to the 1000cc field is provided by talented Czech road racers such as Petr Biciste (Exteria Racing), Ales Nechvatal (Dafit Moto Racing) and Pavel Tomecek, plus seasoned French TT competitor Fabrice Miguet and rising IRRC exponents Timo Schonhals, David Datzer and Nico Muller.

Looking towards the Supersport 600 line up, notable entries include recent middleweight class victor at Stare Mesto, Michal Vecko, Team Schleizer Dreieck’s Thomas Walther, Christian Schmitz (LSE Racing), Wolfgang Schuster (Schuster Road Racing), (Jochen Rotter (Team MR32) and IRRC series leader, Horice newcomer Matthieu Lagrive (Wepol Racing).

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Ones to watch in the Super Twin/Super Mono classes include Kramer mounted Shaun Anderson, crowd favourite Michal ‘Indi’ Dokoupil, David Hanzalik (DHR-Pelko), Peter Najman (North Czech Riders), Dave Walsh (DRW Racing) and Kenny Hinck.

125 and 250 machines also enjoy strong representation, with just some of the two stroke stalwarts Horice bound including Christopher Eder, Chris Meyer, Denmark’s Anders Blacha, Eric Lenser and multiple race winner at Stare Mesto, Petr Kunz.

Growing each year in terms of popularity and prominence within the closed roads fraternity, the 300 Curves of Gustav Havel meeting, is one of those events which has that extra special component about it, whether it’s the event history, the atmosphere, nature of the venue, it will always be well loved.

Competitive action at Horice gets underway on Saturday with a full day of qualifying, which will be followed on Sunday via a seven race schedule, as a host of world class roads talent battle it out for respective class honours.

Words by Stevie Rial