FAST and furious family fun is guaranteed as British motorsport prepares for one of the biggest events in its annual sporting calendar with the return of the British FIM Speedway Grand Prix to Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium on Saturday July 12 – the foruteenth year the hugely popular event has taken place in the city.
Thousands of fans are set to descend on the Welsh capital for a day jam packed with action as current British World Speedway Champion, Tai Woffinden seeks victory on home soil.
The crowd is guaranteed to go wild for 23 year-old Woffinden who, despite leaving Cardiff last year with a broken collarbone after spectacularly crashing out of the event, bounced right back to become World Champion in October 2013.
The event forms part of a hugely competitive FIM Speedway Grand Prix season, with Woffinden up against three riders with six World Championships between them in Greg Hancock, Nicki Pedersen and Chris Holder – sending the competition into top gear.
Adding to the excitement, fellow Brits Chris Harris and Craig Cook will also form part of the Grand Prix line up, having been handed Wild Card places.
The event guarantees high speed drama with riders reaching speeds of up to 70mph, competing on 500cc bikes with no brakes and acceleration that’s faster than an F1 car!
Activities on July 12 will begin in the fanzone, situated in front of Cardiff Central Station and featuring entertainment including live music, a chance to meet the riders during autograph sessions, a host of stalls and appearances from local sports clubs including the Cardiff Devils.
The British FIM Speedway Grand Prix itself will start with pre-event entertainment in the Millennium Stadium followed by the Grand Prix (5pm start), and finishing with a fantastic firework display.
Fast facts to get you up to speed:
• Biggest speedway event in the UK – over 40,000 fans flock to Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium
• Round 7 of the World Championship FIM Speedway Grand Prix series
• 16 riders compete in each round – 15 permanent and one wild card
• 23 heats make up each round. The 20 qualifying heats have four riders each, with all 16 riders racing five times.
• The top eight scorers after 20 heats go through to two semi-finals. The first and second place riders of the two semi finals go through the final (heat 23). The winner of the final is the winner of the GP.
• All heats are run with a maximum of 4 riders over 4 laps. The only controls they have are handlebars and a throttle.
• 23 starts, 23 finishes: you don’t know who has won until the final second
• 500cc bikes with no brakes
• Bikes run on methanol – an environmentally friendly fuel made from potatoes!
• 3,500 tonnes of shale is brought into the stadium to build the track which takes just 5 days to complete
• It’s the Grand Prix that every rider dreams of winning.
Courtesy of The British FIM Speedway GP, one lucky family will get to enjoy this sporting spectacular as we’ve got a family ticket (4 people) up for grabs!
All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is answer the question below:
On what date will this year’s British FIM Speedway GP take place?
Send your answer, name, address and contact details on a postcard to Speedway Competition, Editor’s PA, South Wales Argus, Cardiff Road, Newport, NP20 3QN or you can enter by text. Start your message with SPEEDWAY, leave a space and then send your answer, name and address to 80360. Messages cost 50p plus your normal operator text charge. Service
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Closing date: July 7. If you’re not lucky enough to win, tickets can be purchased online via speedwaygp.com or by calling 0844 858 8879.