The organization has in interesting race programme for all the riders and spectators in Hengelo Gld on the 4th of May. There are 8 different classes with more than 230 riders from 15 countries. Two of the races (IRRC Supersport and IRRC Superbike) count for the IRRC Championship, 3 races for the Open Dutch and Open Belgium championship (Supersport, Superbike and sidecars). There will be 3 races with classic bikes, the Dutch championship Classics, the ICGP (International Classic Grans Prix) and the 50cc European cup.
Photo courtesy of Henk Teerink
The IRRC races will be challenging and exciting. The contestants was never larger and stronger than this year. So the Supersport and Superbike will race separately their own race. The Superbike consists of 20 riders from 6 countries. Didier Grams from Germany is the man to beat. He already won the competition several times. Other favourite is Kamil Holan from the Czech Republic. He was last year’s best newcomer during the Manx GP in the Superbike. Outsiders are Dutchman Frank Bakker and this years TT newcomers Vic de Cooremeter and Thomas Gottschalk.
The Supersport has 30 riders from 9 different countries. The man to beat is Laurent Hoffmann from Belgium. He won the competition last year. He liked racing on street circuits that much that he signed in for this years TT. Marek Ceverny from the Czech Republic will be his biggest opponent. He raced to the podium in every race he competed last year. Outsiders are Marcel Zuurbier and Joey den Besten from Holland. Like the Superbike riders there are several riders who will race the TT in Man this year. One of them is the Finnish rider Tuukka Korhonen.
More information is found on the irrc website (www.irrc.eu)
Another international class with riders from all over Europe is the ICGP. A class for former Grand Prix riders. They race on 250cc and 350cc bikes, mainly on Yamaha. The most famous riders in Hengelo are Bruno Kneubühler, Eric Saul, Bernard Fau and Guy Bertin. For a long time they were part of the ‘Continental Circus’, a group of riders who raced in Grands prix and on free weekends they raced on several circuit in Europe to earn some money.
Bruno Kneubühler is a GP winner for 5 times. Guy Bertin won 6 Grands Prix, Eric Saul 2 Grands prix. Last years winner Ian Simpson will race in Hengelo again on the 3 and 4 of May. Besides Hengelo they race in Paul Ricard (France), Jarama (Spain), Francorchamps (Belgium), Rijkea (Croatia), Donington Park (England) en Misano (Italy).
The other races are races for the Dutch and Belgium championship with some former Grands prix, IDM and BSB riders. Especially the Superbikes and Supersport races promises to be exiting.
On Saturday de practise starts at 8.00 o’clock and ends at 17.15 o’clock. The day ends with a race for the ICGP.
Warm-up on Sunday starts at 9.00 o’clock. The races end at 18.00 o’clock.
The exact time schedule is found on the HAMOVE website (www.hamove.nl)
Till 18 years is for free. From 18 years pay 10 euro.
Till 12 years is for free. From 12 till 17 years pay 5 euro and adults pay 20 euro.
An official programme, the grandstands and the paddock are for free.
The organisation want to offer the spectators more than just races. If you come a whole weekend and want to ride a organizes tour as well it is possible. The organization has one for free. It is possible to make a flight in a paramotor.
There are several pubs along the track. In one of them is situated on the paddock. There is a party on Friday and Saturday evening and during daytime it’s a pub where you can buy something to drink or eat.
For the children
There is a mini dirt track for the small children. The children get professional help. They don’t need to pay fort his. Besides this there is a bouncing castle as well. So take your children with you. There is enough fort them to do.
Do you want to come a whole weekend? No problem. There is a campsite next to the paddock. If you come with a tent you don’ t have to pay for it. If you come with a camper or caravan you have to pay 10 euro for electricity.