Veteran British side x side racer, Shaun Jenkinson, has enjoyed a successful season in the national SXS Racing series this year. Following some testing towards the end of 2019, he’s been using EBC Brakes’ high-performance side x side braking components to help him achieve some impressive results throughout the championship’s Covid-affected calendar.
The roadshow finale was at an all-new track in Grantham, Lincolnshire, on 2-4 October. With one of the wettest weekends on record to deal with, conditions were treacherous in places, but this didn’t stop Jenkinson from muscling his way to the podium with impressive racing from start to finish. Shaun races in a non-turbo Polaris RS1 1000cc machine, but his driving ability is enough to give the more powerful turbocharged entrants a run for their money.
He explains in his own words below how the racing action went down.
“I qualified on the Saturday in the Expert Open (Turbo) class. It was really wet and muddy, and I struggled to get in a clean lap, qualifying fifth out of 14.
“The track layout was a bit tight in places, and for the Sunday, organiser Colin Martin made a great call to make a few adjustments to the track that made it ten times better for the race day.
“Race one saw me climb the grid up to second after a few late-brake dives into corners, putting me behind the turbocharged Polaris of Mark McCann. I put in some fast laps to give myself a bit of distance from the racers behind and managed to take the joker lane without losing any places. As the track and conditions were best suited to turbo machines, second place was a good result.
“I started second in race two and maintained this position until I had a power steering issue and had to stop to reset, which allowed Paul Severn in his turbocharged machine to get past when I took the joker lane. I therefore finished third here.”
“In race three, with the rain holding off and the track drying out, the front three drivers (including me) got away well. I was managing to stay with the two turbocharged racers in front, until I had another power steering failure and had to stop to reset again, meaning I dropped back from the leaders and finished third once again.
“Overall, I was happy with the result, only being beaten by the two turbos and managing to keep my lap times respectable considering I’m in a non-turbo 1000. And the best bit was that I didn’t break anything!
“I’m happy with finishing the year off with third overall, but with a new project in the pipeline for next year I’m hoping for better results next year. As ever, I couldn’t have managed anything without the help of my sponsors.”