Fast, furious action at the Broch

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The opening round of the Scottish Power Kite Association (SPKA) Scottish Kite Buggy Race Series for 2012-13 will be held at Fraserburgh beach this weekend.

The event will see around 30 kite buggy pilots racing around a course marked out by flags on the beach.

The buggies need to run on the harder wet sand, so racing times will be around low tide (10am on Saturday and 11am on the Sunday) and determined by the tide height.

There are three fleets within the buggy races; the race buggy fleet is the largest buggies, the 16” wheel class is for the smaller buggies, and the junior fleet is for pilots aged under 18 years, so there are plenty of options for people thinking about getting involved.

The SPKA held two Scottish Championship events in Fraserburgh during the 2011-12 race season and are pleased to be returning to Fraserburgh for the opening round of the 2012-13 race season.

Fraserburgh beach is a fantastic location for kite buggy racing with the town itself home to some of Scotland and the UK’s best race pilots. The local racers will be out in force, with both Pete Buchan - winner of the 16” wheel class in the 2011-12 season - and Mark Davies - winner of the 16” wheel class 2010-11 season - moving up into the larger race buggies.

Competition will be fierce in the race buggy fleet, as several other pilots are moving up into this class. Points gained at the Scottish series events determine places on the Scottish team at the European Championships in Germany in 2013, so there is everything to play for. It is hoped that new and upcoming race pilots from Fraserburgh will be taking part this season to ensure the 16” wheel class trophy remains in Fraserburgh for a 3rd consecutive year.

For all new race pilots wishing to compete in any of the fleets licensing will take place on the Saturday; this involves a racing theory test and a practise race to establish that potential racers can pilot their kite buggy safely around a course and among others.

For anyone keen to take part registration will be at 9.30am on the Saturday morning at Fraserburgh Caravan Park. To watch the action the racing will take place in the mornings on both days, beginning shortly after registration (weather permitting). The course will be marked out on the beach; despite being wind powered kite buggies can travel at speed so for the safety of all anyone spectating is advised to watch from the dunes and keep dogs on a lead and under control.

For more information on the SPKA and the Scottish Kite Buggy Race Series please go to http://www.spka.co.uk/

For more information on learning to kite buggy and on kite sports within Aberdeenshire please go to www.synergykitesports.com