There is now only four weeks to go until the T+MX Grand Prix Great Britain takes place at Hawkstone Park on 29 / 30 July 2006. Without doubt this will be the biggest trial in the UK calendar this year and is the only remaining World championship status off road event to take place on these shores in 2006.
Advanced ticket sales are well up on those sold during the same period last year, so a record crowd is expected to fill the famous sandy Shropshire venue by the time the series arrives during the last weekend in July. Discounted advance tickets / camping passes will remain on sale until 21st July, although standard price tickets will be available on the gate throughout the event.
Whilst the riders and the pubic applauded the sections last July, L+M Events have been hard at work to create a more compact course that will feature four new hazards to compliment the other extensive revisions that have been made. The main spectator 'bowl' will now house six spectacular sections and will benefit from a newly installed PA system that will be used to keep everyone up to date with what is happening else where on the course.
Eurosport's very own Jack Burnicle will head up a commentary team that includes ex World championship rider Steve Colley and ex international trials minder Woody Hole. These guys will have access to live section by section scores thanks to a new electronic scoring system that will make its World debut at Hawkstone Park. The SWAN scoring system, developed in New Zealand, will be updated each time a rider exits a section, this information is automatically uploaded to a web page that can be accessed by anyone on site who has an internet enable mobile phone or PDA device.
Whilst the main trial will take place on Sunday, there is a whole weekend of action on offer. Saturday morning will begin with an autograph session with the top riders, this will then lead straight into the only official practice session of the weekend. The two hours of training is not to be missed as it is a great opportunity to see the riders up close and in a relaxed frame of mind compared to the pressure they will be under the day after. Steve 'showtime' Colley has two mind blowing demonstrations planned, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, when the flamboyant Manx man will put on a display of extreme trials riding like no one else on the planet can match.
Saturday's jewel however will be the Mini Masters trial that includes no less than two ex World champions in its selected entry list. With seven World titles to his name, Jordi Tarres is a true trials legend.