Motocross: British 500cc Grand Prix - Hawkstone Park

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Hawkstone Park, near Shrewsbury, is renowned at the toughest European circuit with its unrelenting, sandy course which makes every lap different. This weekend, the home of British motocross, hosts the first round of the 500cc world championship and the competition is already thrown open with the retirement of the champion, Georges Jobe, from Belgium. However, two fellow countrymen, Joel Smets and Jacky Martens, look capable of succeeding him. The former three-times world champion, David Thorpe, represents Britain, but a late entry from the American 250cc rider, Mike Healey, has caused a surprise.

How to get there: Hawkstone Park is 10 miles north of Shrewsbury, signposted off A49 Shrewsbury to Whitchurch Road, off A53 Shrewsbury to Market Drayton road and junction five of M54. Admission: tomorrow pounds 4 adults, pounds 2 children; Sunday pounds 8, pounds 4. Practice starts at 11am tomorrow, qualifying at 3.30pm. On Sunday, timed practice is at 9.30am and first of the three Grand Prix races starts at 12.30pm.