Scottish buggy racing kicking off new season in the Broch

Best of the Best: the fleet of pilots compete at Hoylake during the Kite Buggy European Championships. picture: Owain Williams
Best of the Best: the fleet of pilots compete at Hoylake during the Kite Buggy European Championships. picture: Owain Williams

Synergy Kite Sports are delighted to announce the 2011/12 SPKA (Scottish Powerkite Association) race series will be coming to Fraserburgh for the first time with the series opener on October 1.

Speaking to the Herald, Mark and Maggie Davies of Synergy Kitesports, explained that they were delighted the opening races were being held in the Broch, they said: ““The SPKA series races are normally held in St Andrews and Stranraer, this involves a very early start and long drive for local buggy pilots entering. So we were delighted that the first race event for 2011/2012 will be held in Fraserburgh, we won’t have so far to travel!

“Competitors travel from across Scotland to compete in the events, so it will let the SPKA see the fantastic facilities we have available here in the Fraserburgh area and hopefully it will lead to more races being held in the north east.

“It also provides the opportunity for many of the local kite buggy pilots to enter the first 2011/2012 race, and spectators with the opportunity to come along and cheer on the local team.”

Mark and Maggie have enjoyed a fantastic success during the 2010/11 racing season, with their overall ranking in the SPKA series qualifying them to represent Scotland as part of the Scottish team at this year’s Class 8 Kite Buggy European Championships which were held at Hoylake on The Wirral from September 5 – 9.

Competing in their first international competition against a fleet of the best European racers both Mark and Maggie achieved fantastic results. Mark finished in 58th position overall, using borrowed equipment and Maggie finished in 6th place overall in the ladies fleet.

Enthusiastic about the start of the new season, they continued: “The whole team came back from Hoylake really excited about the upcoming Scottish race series starting in Fraserburgh and the prospects of making the team again for the World Championships in France next year.

“The aim over the weekend will be to get as many races done as possible, with people keen to improve on their rankings from last season and from their performance at the recent European Championships.

“Low tide is at 9.15am on Saturday October 1 and 10.00am on Sunday so to watch the action you will need to be at Fraserburgh beach early as the racers will be keen to make the most of the tides.

“To watch either come along to the campsite first thing on either day to find out the plan as this is based on the weather, or head along to Fraserburgh beach and you will see the kites and a marked course. For anyone keen to race come along to see what is involved, and to speak to the SPKA about the race license test.”