Whiteway Barton, home of the Patchquick trophy and steeped in history has undergone a massive face lift under the watchful eyes of it’s new owners.
Barry Moore owner of the Phoenix Tools store is half of the new ownership who employed renowned track builder Johnny Douglas Hamilton to make big changes at the Devon venue. Barry is of course the title sponsor of Jason Dougans British championship assault this year onboard the Phoenix Tools Bike It Cosworth Yamaha and he also sponsors MXY2 rider Luke Norris on his Phoenix Tools Honda.
Those of you familiar with the track are in for some big changes when you next return in the future, the obvious change is that the track now runs the opposite way, so you now come off the gate and do a left as before but you now drop in behind the start gate and dive through the trees and go up deer park hill, a right turn then leads to a new section where the riders drop into a small left hander before dropping down the hill and then making your way to the existing tabletop from the opposite direction.
Then it’s left and right up onto the veranda and then right and along the straight that was, which is now a kind of squashed tabletop.
Hopefully the pics will make it all make sense to you. The south Somerset club newly affiliated with the MCF were the first to try it, and feedback seemed good. The track seemed to flow nicely and the new layout could be viewed well from all around the circuit. The track is also much wider in places and the opportunity for overtaking is much greater than before. So it’s a big hats off to Barry and his crew for making the effort to create a much better facility for motocross.
Words and images by Rob Grist