SPECTATORS and competitors are in for even more high-octane action at Leighton Hall’s newly-extended annual hill climb.

Now in its fourth year, organiser Ian Sherrard, of Sherrard Classic Vehicle Events, has turned the action up full-throttle, extending the course by nearly a quarter to 268 metres from the previous 220.

The event, which takes place on Sunday September 23, has become one of the most popular and well-established in the off-road motorcycle calendar.

The increased challenge for riders also means extra excitement for spectators, with a high speed 60 degree right hand bend just 50 metres from the start line providing a grandstand view of thrills and spills.

The undulating longer track will have riders reaching speeds of over 100mph, as it inclines up through the Leighton Hall parkland.

With no speed limit the race is open to all solo motorcyclists and three wheelers of any cc size up for the challenge.

There is plenty of entertainment throughout the whole day for spectators. Away from the main race, which features live commentary, there is the ever-popular auto jumble and trade stands.

Celebrating modern and classic bikes, there are displays from favourites like Dave Norcott (with a selection of grass track and speedway bikes), Morecambe Bay Estuary's Advanced Motorcyclists, the North West Blood Bikes and Lancashire Constabulary Road Policing Unit.

Leighton Hall owner Suzie Reynolds said: “We love to get Leighton reverberating to the sight and sound of these powerful bikes every September.

"Now this is the only hill-climb event in the area, we’re thrilled to have worked with Ian to make it even bigger and better. The extended length means all records have been re-set, so it’s a great opportunity to come along and see riders vying to be the first to set the new course record and win the coveted Leighton Hall Cup!”

Grounds open at 9am, allowing spectators the chance to sample all the attractions, stalls and displays, plus watch exciting practice warm-ups from 9.30am, before the racing starts at 1pm.

For entry forms, directions and more information visit www.leightonhallmotorcyclehillclimb.co.uk or contact Ian Sherrard on info@leightonhallmotorcyclehillclimb.co.uk, or on 07836 331324.