The profile of the HTM Off Road EnduroCross has just been raised tenfold with Carrickfergus and District Motorcycle Club confirming that Manxman David Knight, along with Paul Edmondson, will be racing at Glenarm on Thursday evening.
Both riders are giants of the sport, holding no less than seven world enduro titles between them and are a massive addition to the entry list.
It’s a rare opportunity to watch these two men on the same track. Organisers say their head-to-head duel will be worth the admission fee alone but there might be a few others who plan to be in on the action too.
Jordan Scott, from Newtownards, took victory at last year’s EnduroCross where he was challenged by Italian Jacopo Cerutti, but the introduction of Knight and Edmondson to this year’s line-up will present a much more difficult challenge. Scott isn’t one to back away from a challenge though and come Thursday evening, the HTM Off Road rider will be even more motivated battle for the win on home soil.
The racing is fast and furious with little time to recover from mistakes so you never know how things will go when the gate drops.
Track preparations are now well under way for the event and the club is working to build an improved circuit. The unforgiving terrain consists of steep elevation changes, ‘Bomb Hole’ jumps, a water splash, rock garden and, to top it all off, there are masses of logs positioned in every combination possible around the course to challenge even the most experienced rider.
Spectator admission into the venue for the evening’s racing is priced at £5 per adult and children under 16 will be admitted free. Spectator parking is available throughout Glenarm and the venue is just a short walk from the village car parks.
Fans are advised to be at the venue for 6.30 p.m. so they don’t miss any of the racing but practice will be under way at 6 p.m. for those that want to make the trip up early.