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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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Newgale: New £30m road proposed to combat coastal damage

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL has revealed a preferred new route for a road around Newgale today (Sept 25) at an event in Roch.

The new stretch of road would begin at Pencym and end at a new roundabout near Roch.

A new route is needed due to fears about road closures during high tides and winds, as well as coastal damage caused by global warming.

Reports have suggested that the current Newgale road may not exist in 20 years times.

The new route could cost up to £30m – compared to £40m a proposed viaduct would cost – and would need funding from the Welsh Government.

A Welsh Government spokesman said: “Transport officials will continue to work closely with the authority as they progress with their studies and firm up their proposals for addressing the current problems with the A487.

“Welsh Government is open to consider an application for funding to move forward the development work.”

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MP calls on Welsh Government to explain broadband delays

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STEPHEN CRABB has called on the Welsh Government to come clean over broadband rollout delays.

Minister Julie James AM, whose responsibilities include digital infrastructure and inclusion, has been urged to explain the reasons for delays to the rollout of superfast broadband to rural properties across Wales.

Last year, the Superfast Cymru scheme saw BT receive £425m in return for connecting the vast majority of premises in Wales to next-generation broadband.

When the contract ended, 90,000 mainly rural properties still had not been connected. Further details of another scheme to complete the work were due to be announced in July, but at the start of August, Julie James AM suddenly announced that ‘unforeseen issues’ were causing delays which could not be further discussed because of ‘commercial confidentiality’.

Stephen Crabb, MP for Preseli Pembrokeshire, said: “It’s simply unacceptable for the Minister responsible to announce delays to the next stage of Broadband rollout but refuse to explain why. Access to reliable, fast broadband is of increasing importance to businesses, large and small, in Pembrokeshire and I have worked with many across the constituency to improve their broadband access.

“However, the digital divide continues to exist with rural communities in Pembrokeshire suffering again. It is an inescapable fact that delivery of broadband infrastructure is devolved to the Welsh Government and Julie James AM should now come forward and explain the reasons for these delays.”

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Air ambulance lands at ‘serious’ crash scene

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THE WALES AIR AMBULANCE has landed at the scene of a serious crash this morning (Sept 25) between the Sentry Cross and Honeyborough roundabouts on the A477.

Posts on Facebook from witnesses at the scene say a man is being treated by paramedics.

Police have said one car was involved in the incident.

In addition to the helicopter, Dyfed-Powys Police, the Welsh Ambulance Service and Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service are at the scene.

The road is currently closed with diversions in place.

A police spokesperson said:  “Dyfed-Powys Police is at the scene of a serious RTC between the Sentry Cross and Honeyborough roundabouts, Pembrokeshire.

“The A477 stretch between those roundabouts is currently closed while emergency services deal with the incident. One car is involved; the driver has received serious injuries.

“No further information is available at this time.”

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