Racing without brakes returns to Claydon House

Hovercraft Racing at Claydon House
Hovercraft Racing at Claydon House

The National Hovercraft Racing Championships return to Claydon House this weekend after being postponed due to unseasonably bad weather in the summer.

It is the final round of the Championships, which are contested over six to eight race meetings around the country each year.

Downpours in July meant the original date for the Claydon meet had to be scrapped as organisers were not able to cut the grass in the spectators’ area and there were fears the amount of vehicles accessing the estate would ruin the grounds.

Chairman of the Chilterns branch of racing, Barry Oakley, said: “The weather should not be a problem this time, last time it was just a build up. But now it’s all looking good.”

Despite more downpours, Mr Oakley said there was sun forecast for Saturday (10am) with the chairman unsure of what Sunday (9.30am) held in store. The racing requires considerable driving skills to manoeuvre the craft which do not have any brakes, so anything can happen.

Aylesbury racer Mark Talbot, a former European champion, will not be taking part in his ‘home race’ at the circuit near Winslow this year due to other commitments.

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