August 3rd, 2018.

Former Under 21 Champion Dean Colhoun will make a surprise return to the British Championship series this Sunday (5th of August) after a two-year break from the sport.

The popular Northern Irishman is a confirmed Wild Card entry for the fourth round of the series at Dean Moor in Cumbria for what will be only his second quad cross meeting since he quit halfway through 2016 on medical advice.

His first quad cross ride was at an Ulster Championship round at Tandragee last week where he shocked everyone by topping qualifying, then winning the opening moto after a fierce battle with British Championship front-runners, Leon Rogers and Mark McLernon. He had whetted his appetite for racing again with a low-key grass track outing in June

“I’m taking it one meeting at a time. It’s just a bit of fun, so when I holeshot the first race last week I did think ‘Sh**, what do I do now?’ ” admitted Colhoun, who was forced to retire two years ago after complications with a head injury sustained earlier in the season.

“There’s no plan for a full return. To be honest I don’t have the budget for that. But it is good to be racing again.”

Colhoun will be using a Husky-engined Can-Am, which was originally built for his younger brother Ben, but which was sitting idle after Ben decided to try his hand at Autotesting instead this year.

Other confirmed Wild Cards for Dean Moor include Europe’s top female rider, Emma McQuaid, also from Northern Ireland, Germany’s Martin Bach and Tom Chell. Emma, who mainly focuses on her pro-career in Crossfit now, often has some one-off rides this time of year to get herself race-ready for Pont de Vaux later this month.

All the usual British Championship stars including Paul Holmes, McLernon, Rogers, George Callaway, Justin Reid, Carl Bunce, Harry Walker, Dafydd Davies, Murray Graham, and many more will in action too.

The British Championship races will all be on the Sunday. There will also be three motos of the British Sidecar Championship on Sunday. On Saturday there will be a full programme of NETT championship races.

Dean Moor can be found near Cockermouth in Cumbria (CA14 4RH).

Pictured: Dean Colhoun’s all-action style is returning to the British Championship