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Pendine: Superbike racer to attempt 200mph world record on sand

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SUPERBIKE racer Zef Eisenberg will this weekend (May 12-13) attempt to break the land-speed record on sand at Pendine Sands, Carmarthenshire.

Eisenberg will attempt to break the 200mph barrier, something which has never been done on sand by a motorbike or car before.

This comes just over 18 months after Eisenberg broke the land-speed record for a turbine bike at Elvington in Yorkshire, which resulted in him crashing at over 230mph, and being hospitalised for more than three months.

Eisenberg has been preparing for the record-break attempt for the last 6 months at his workshop in Guernsey. He is supported by a dedicated engineering team, who have precision designed, altered and prepared his MADMAX supercharged ‘Green Monster’ Hayabusa bike to command high speeds on sand.

Racing quickly on sand is notoriously difficult, and very different to racing on tarmac. That is because at higher speeds it is possible for the bike to lose grip or dig the front wheel into the sand and throw riders.

Pendine Sands has a heritage of famous record-breaking racing. The beach has hosted record-breaking attempts since 1900s. The first person to use Pendine Sands for a world land-speed record attempt was Malcolm Campbell; in 1924 he set a world land speed record of 146mph on Pendine Sands in his car Blue Bird. Enthusiasts and professionals have used the beach for record-breaking ever since.

Zef Eisenberg said: “Pendine Sands is a notoriously difficult race track. Competitors have no idea what the surface is like until the tide goes out. We will not know what to expect until the morning on Saturday and Sunday. You then have about 6 hours to achieve your record, before the tide returns it to a stormy sea.

“But it’s not just the high-end engineering that makes breaking records on Pendine Sands difficult. As Pendine is a Ministry of Defence test fire site, you’ll often end up encountering unexploded ordinances alongside giant washed-up jellyfish.”

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Cold temperatures likely to lead to icy conditions

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A YELLOW weather warning is in place over Wales from 10pm tonight (Jan 16) and 11am tomorrow morning (Jan 17).

As temperatures drop, there is a strong chance of ice patches causing dangerous conditions for motorists.

Icy patches developing with wintry showers also affecting some areas.

What to expect

  • Some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces
  • Probably some ice on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths
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Next stage of works to clear Cwmduad landslide

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PHASE two of the works to stabilise a landslide in Cwmduad has begun following the recovery of a lorry from the river below.

Carmarthenshire County Council is leading the operation to clear the site and re-open the A484 for traffic travelling between Carmarthen and Newcastle Emlyn, following the landslide in October.

Phase one, which commenced before Christmas, created a safe zone for the recovery of a lorry that was swept in to the river during the storm.

That recovery took place earlier today (Monday, January 14, 2019).

Phase two, to permanently stabilise the embankment, involves complex drainage and geotechnical works.

The highway structure will then be assessed before any indication can be given as to when the road will re-open.

The council has thanked the community, and affected commuters, for their patience whilst site assessments and works have been underway.

Ruth Mullen, Director of Environment for Carmarthenshire County Council, said: “We are now making progress in what has been a highly complex operation and legal process between the council, partner agencies and the landowner.

“We fully appreciate the impact this has had on the community, and we wish to reiterate that we have worked without delay to undertake site investigations in the immediate aftermath of the landslide, along with clearance and construction works to make the area safe.

“We are working as quickly as we can to re-open the road as soon as possible, and would like to thank those affected most sincerely for their patience.”

Until the road is re-opened, traffic will continue to be diverted along the B4333 Carmarthen – Newcastle Emlyn.

Additional bus services remain in place:

  • A shuttle service currently runs from Cwmduad to Tycoch to catch the 460 service at 7.25am, 9.35am and 10.55am. Return journeys are at 2.25pm and 4.45pm.
  • The 460 service is currently operating on a diversion route
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Three seriously injured in A40 crash

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE is appealing for information about a collision which resulted in serious injuries.

The collision which happened on Sunday afternoon (Jan 13) involved a silver Ford Fiesta and a Silver BMW 120 and at approximately 4pm on the A40 between Pont-y-fenny and Whitland roundabout.

The Silver Fiesta was travelling towards Whitland and the BMW was travelling towards Carmarthen.

A 67-year-old woman has been taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries.

A 71-year-old man and a 68-year-old woman were also taken to hospital suffering serious injuries.

Anyone who witnessed the collision, or was driving along the road around the time or with dash cam footage, is asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit by calling 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired, please text 07811311908. Please quote reference DP-20190113-199.

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