PICK OF THE DAY; SUNDAY/Motocross British championships Swanley

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The Independent Online
The national champions will make their presence felt in the first round of the British championship at the demanding Canada Heights circuit, Swanley, Kent, this Sunday. One impressive champion, however, will also be on this list. Stefan Everts, the world 250cc champion from Belgium, has been given a wild card to ride in the championship this year for the domestic works team, RWJ Silkolene Honda. He will add spice to the Open class. Joining him are the riders who finished first and second last season. Paul Cooper, the champion from Blaby, and the Maidstone rider, Mark Eastwood, who carries on the family tradition from his father, Vic, who competed in the Seventies, will give Everts no quarter. In the 125cc class, Joakim Karlsson, the British champion from Sweden who also rides for RWJ, leads out Rikki Priest, the runner-up from Kidderminster, and the Wrexham rider, Neil Prince, who was third last year. Following practice and presentation of the riders, the first 125cc championship race opens the meeting. A combined class final, involving the leading 20 riders from the two categories on the day, completes the racing.

How to get there: Canada Heights, Button Street, Swanley, Kent is signposted from junction three of M25, the A20 interchange. Programme: 9.30am: Practice. 11.30am: Presentation of riders. 12.15pm: 125cc championship first race. 1.0: Open championship race. 1.45pm: Support race. 2.15pm: 125cc second race. 3.0pm: Open second race. 3.40pm: Support race. 4.15pm: Combined class final (leading 20 riders in 125cc and open ride off). Admission: pounds 7 adults, pounds 4 7-14 years, under-7s free.

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