400 expected for dirt bike race

Published 10:45 am Friday, April 29, 2011

COURTLAND—Some 400 dirt bike racers are expected for the Sunday, June 12, Virginia Championship Hare Scramble Series in Ivor.

It’s been roughly 10 years now that the Tidewater Dirt Riders organization has hosted the event on property owned by T.L. Bain on Warrique Road, said Treasurer Charity Kuebler.

The race will be the seventh in the series, which includes 15 events across the state in 2011.

Hare scrambles vary in length and time with the contestants completing multiple laps around a marked course through wooded or other rugged natural terrain. The overall winner is awarded to the contestant who maintains the highest speed throughout the event.

The course in Ivor is expected to be an 8- to 10-mile loop, Kuebler said. Racers typically run three to five laps. There will be four races that day.

It’s not necessary to be a part of the series to compete. Residents may compete if they have an American Motorcycle Association card, which can be purchased on the day of the race in Ivor for $40. Entrance fees are $15 for the children under 9, $25 for those running in the 9- to 15-year-old group and $30 for the amateur class.

The property includes two fields, where up to 75 campers are expected on Saturday, June 11. Ivor Hunt Club will handle traffic control and access.

Gates will open 10 a.m. June 11 and close that evening at 9. Gates will reopen 6 a.m. June 12. Cost to get in is $5 and free for anyone 6 and under.

No alcohol will be sold at the event.

The Southampton County Board of Supervisors this week approved a temporary outdoor permit for the race.