The Circuit of Wales circuit lives - but not as you would know it. The MotoGP dream might be dead but the Eppynt Road Race Circuit lives again, sixty five years following its closure - and it has already attracted backing from Suzuki.
The Eppynt circuit near Sennybridge in the Brecon Beacons, last used in 1953, will be re-opened for racing on August 4/5 next year with full range of classes up to Superstock.
This famous revival, at a circuit which once saw stars such as Les Graham and Cecil Sandford battling against many other big names, was opened on war department property in 1948. But it was closed, due to more military activity, in 1953 with lap record of 70.65mph over the 5.25 mile circuit by Syd Barnett on a 350 Norton in 1950.
It has all been made possible by last year’s repeal of clauses in the Road Traffic Act, banning racing on public roads in the UK, except Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man.
It was inspired by a group, already involved with Wales’ other legendary racing circuit Aberdare Park. Phil Morris,Sponsorship and Facilities Director, said: ”An idea, inspired by the Welsh TT, to stage again a road race on the public roads of the Brecon Beacons is coming to fruition and will lead to an academy offering safe training facilities of any age.
“Along with my fellow directors, as race organisers, we are delighted and overwhelmed by the offer from Suzuki, which will ensure that one of the major safety factors of a road race meeting is adequately covered.
“We can’t thank Suzuki enough and look forward to working with them during the build-up to the 2018 races and of course during the road races next August.”
The race format will model itself on the TT, each class consisting of 40 machines with two bikes setting off together at 10 second intervals.