FEATURE TEAM RACE REPORT. DND QUAD RACING – WESTON BEACH RACE
This weekend saw the 35th running of the HydroGarden Weston Beach Race where over 250 quads and sidecars took to the sands to tackle one of the toughest races in Britain. One of those teams was number 216, the Dirthub featured riders of Joe Williams and Matt Burroughs aboard their DND Racing, 24/7 Drilling Yamaha YFZ 450r.
We caught up with Matt before the race and he explained “Its our first ever Weston so we’ve been trying to prepare ourselves and the bike as best we can. We have been to watch a few times before and it’s always been a great weekend so we thought we’d give it a go as a team this year. We’re just hoping to finish and take what we learn into next year”.
With the crowds lining the circuit and the bikes roaring onto the beach from parc ferme, one thing the lads won’t want to take into next year is what happened as the start gates opened. Burroughs came through right near the back after a misfire, but by the time he got 3/4 up the straight he had managed to weave through the pack to bring himself within a stones throw of the front runners. That was until out of nowhere, a sidecar veered to the left and clattered the front of his quad sending Burroughs flying over the bars at top speed. Luckily he managed to come to a stop on the sand berm at the entrance to turn one but not before being run over by the bike. After a couple of minutes getting his breath back he rejoined the race right near the back of the pack. On completion of his first lap the battered and bruised Burroughs was already two laps down on front runner Stef Murphy. It looked as though a decent finish was out of the teams grasp but Burroughs soldiered on and completed his first stint with no further mishaps.