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This month’s feature includes race reports from Chloe Jones, Anvil TAG Racing, Max Alexander Racing, UWTSD Orthrus Racing, Davy Morgan and Maria Costello:
Chloe Jones has competed in the British Mini Bike Road Racing Championships at Whilton Mill Kart Circuit on 5th – 6th August 2017. This talented 13 year old racer is currently at the top of the leader-board in the Mini GP 140 Championship by an impressive 27 points and has been working out in order to stay ahead of the game.
Find out how she got on in the following race report:
Two races and two wins this week for me! Crossed the line seven seconds ahead of my nearest competition at Whilton Mill Go Karting and Outdoor activities at the British Mini Bike Road Racing Championship.
Had an amazing weekend on and off track with all my friends and family.
Thank you British Mini Bikes for creating a great championship.
Now it’s time to focus on the British Talent Cup on the 23rd Aug 2017. I will try my best and enjoy every second of it. It’s such an amazing opportunity and I am so lucky to have been given the chance to try.
Anvil Hire TAG Racing
Here is the latest news from Anvil Hire TAG Racing who recently competed in Round Seven of the MCE British Superbike Championship at Thruxton on 4th -6th August with winning results. The team have GPFAX brake pads installed on their Yamaha R1-M’s.
Here is their latest race report:
Victory for Brookes and Anvil Hire Yamaha at Thruxton
Josh Brookes picked up his first win of the season and the team’s maiden MCE British Superbike victory at Thruxton this weekend in race one, sadly crashing out of the lead in race two. Shaun Winfield enjoyed two solid results, picking up a 22nd and 18th place finish in both races on Sunday, posting his personal best lap time in race two, by over seven tenths of a second.
Following three positive free practice sessions, both Josh and Shaun headed into qualifying confident of achieving good grid positions, after the duo worked hard on their race pace, with Josh under his own lap record in free practice three. As the session got underway, the pair headed out of the pit lane and led the pack into turn one. Brookes quickly posted a time that sent him straight into Q2, with Shaun missing out, after matching his personal best around the fast Thruxton track.
Q2 saw Josh post a time under his own lap record, sending him into ‘superpole’, with Brookes confident of achieving pole position.
The Aussie notched up a near perfect lap, posting a 1:14.2, only to be beaten by Jake Dixon on his lap by two tenths of a second, meaning he would start Sunday’s first race in second place.
Following a delay in track activities, both races would be shortened to 18 laps and from the lights under the sun at Thruxton, Brookes made a great start and ran in third place after the opening three laps. The safety car was then deployed for five laps and after the car came in Brookes soon started to chase down the leaders Dixon and Hickman.
With three laps to go Josh made his way past the Kawasaki man Dixon, and soon dispatched of the Smiths BMW rider to take the lead and quickly pulled a gap.
On the final lap the 2015 Champ managed the distance to the chasing pack well and crossed the line comfortably, taking the team’s maiden victory in the MCE British Superbike Championship.
After also making a great start Shaun battled with James Ellison and was ahead of the McAMS Yamaha rider until the safety car came in, when he just lost the tow to the group ahead, and began to battle with Glenn Irwin.
Irwin soon got the better of him, and pulled away from Shaun as the 24-year old’s rear tyre lost grip, forcing him to bring the bike home safely in 22nd place.
By virtue of their lap times from the opening race, Josh started race two in fourth place, with Shaun starting in 23rd.
Josh made a tough start from the lights and after lap two he sat in sixth place, quickly chasing down the leading group. By lap ten Josh had made his move into the top three, and quickly found himself in second place, on the back wheel of race leader Peter Hickman.
With only four laps to go Brookes took the lead and began to pull a gap on the BMW man, but with only one and a half laps to go, Josh lost the front and crashed out of the race at ‘Cobb’ Corner.
His team mate Shaun Winfield made a great start picking up two places on the opening lap, leading Andy Reid over the line.
Shaun soon found himself in a battle with the Northern Irish man and was pushed wide in the middle of the race, after posting his fastest ever lap around Thruxton, a 1:15.755, only half a second off the time his team mate posted in race two, beating his personal best by seven tenths of a second.
He soon lost grip and had to nurse the bike home in 18th place, after chunks were torn from his rear tyre.
Following the weekend, Josh Brookes said:
I’m full of contrasting emotions really, I had a great race one and a perfect race two until the crash, I don’t understand it, I can’t tell you why I fell off.
I had a gap big enough not to be under pressure and I had a gap small enough not to be complacent and I still came unstuck. If I had made a clear error and the judgement of error was my own I’d say immediately I’d made a mistake, like I did at Brands, I’m baffled.
The team worked superbly all weekend, the bike was good enough to win both races, we almost got pole position and it could have been a great weekend, but I just need to build a bridge and get over it.
I need to put it behind me, the team do too and we’ve shown what we’re capable of, we can’t dwell on the past. We move onto Cadwell now, it’s a great event, and it’s been a great event for me in the past so hopefully we’ll carry on the good form there.
A pleased Shaun ‘Munch’ Winfield added:
We’ve been struggling all weekend with set up and getting out with the right guys, and I do need a tow around here.
But in race two I fought hard on the first few laps and got on the back of the guys I need to be chasing and I did my best lap when I was chasing them. Then the tyre totally went off, I have a big chunk in it, but that is no excuse because everyone has struggled with tyres.
I just brought the bike home and ended the weekend positively. My time was only half a second off of Josh’s time in race two, it’s just a shame the tyre went off, but we’ll roll onto Cadwell now.
An emotional Team owner Rob Winfield summerised:
It’s been a day of two halves really, we were all on a high after race one, then race two Josh went out with a lap and a half to go and we don’t know why. He was out of the corner when he went down, which was strange and we can’t explain why, which is frustrating.
Shaun has had a good weekend, he’s gone seven tenths quicker than he ever has done around Thruxton, and fastest in the speed traps in sector two. I’m happy with what we’ve come away with, it would have been nice to do it in race two but we’ll go again at Cadwell.
I’m immensely proud though, Josh’s win wasn’t just for me but for everybody involved, from the mechanics to all our sponsors and partners, I’m delighted but down at the same time. We’ll roll onto Cadwell now in high spirits that’s for sure.
Josh now sits sixth in the MCE British Superbike Championship on 154 points and on 14 podium credits, just 30 points behind second place Leon Haslam.
The team now have two weeks before they head to round eight of the Championship for the annual ‘Party in the Park’ at Lincolnshire’s Cadwell Park on the 18th-20th August.
Max Alexander Racing
Max Alexander has been competing in Round Five the Scottish Superbike Championship which took place at East Fortune Racing Circuit on 2nd – 3rd August 2017.
His BMW S1000RR 2015 was equipped with GPFAX brake pads.
Max’s race news follows:
Round Five – Scottish Superbike Championship, East Fortune – 12th – 13th August 2017
Max had a highly successful weekend at East Fortune, closing the gap on first place in the Scottish Superbike Championship and smashing the eight year old lap record by 0.4 seconds with a time of 58.066 seconds. This was following the qualification round raced in wet conditions when Max finished in second position.
This has been a weekend of high achievement for Max who came away with a win and a fastest lap time, but also a weekend of sadness when rider Frank Dignan #62 had a fatal accident leading to a red flag cancellation during Saturday’s racing. Max has dedicated his win to the fallen rider.
UWTSD Orthrus Racing
The UWTSD Orthrus Racing Team are a fully student led team who are based at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David in South Wales. The team are currently competing in the Stock Twin and Pre-National 600’s classes with three riders on two Suzuki SV650s and a 2009 Yamaha YZF-R6. They are one of the very few, fully student led motorcycle race teams and possibly the only one with student riders competing in Europe. The team are using a mixture GPFAX, EPFA and Organic brake pads on their bikes.
The UWTSD Orthrus Race report follows:
Round Six Thundersport GB – Stock Twin and Pre-National 600’s Class – Rockingham 28th – 30th July 2017
For our sixth round of the season with Thundersport GB we headed to Rockingham International Speedway for the first time, following on from a very successful time at Mallory Park.
The Friday test day went very smoothly for the team with Matt and Sam both learning the track very quickly, feeling comfortable by lunch time and both had found a good set up for the bikes and were putting in great times for their first time at the circuit.
In qualifying on Saturday morning the Stocktwins were out first and Matt had a really good session on the SV650 to bring his time down even further and qualify in 4th place in class, just 0.019 seconds off 3rd place!
Sam was out immediately afterwards on the R6 in the pre-national 600’s qualifying session and after also improving on his lap times from Friday, qualified in 17th position with very little time separating the next 4 people.
In Matt’s first race he got off to a really good start to get into 3rd position and held onto it for over half of the race before being overtaken. He stayed on the tail of Neil for a lap but slowly lost touch with him and finished in a great 4th place.
Sam got away from the line well and after a few laps and some overtakes he was up to 13th position, just managing to fend off the few bikes behind him for the rest of the race to secure the 13th place.
For the second races of the day, Matt was going well and fighting for 4th position again, but unfortunately a stone to the radiator caused a loss of coolant and the engine overheated and seized meaning Matt had to retire.
Sam once again made some overtakes on the first two laps and found himself leading a small group fighting for 13th, with quite a gap to 12th. Sam got his head down and pulled away from the small group, knocking a second off his lap time, finishing 13th again and almost catching the group in front of him.
Unfortunately, despite the team’s best efforts, the damage to Matt’s SV650 engine was terminal meaning a disappointing end of the weekend for him.
Sam had a great first race on Sunday battling with the same group of riders. He pushed really hard to stay at the front of them, took almost another second off his best time and finished in 14th place this time.
Just as our final race was about to start there was a torrential downpour so we were sent back to put wets on. After a seamless and quick change of the wheels from the team, Sam was back out with plenty of time to line up for the wet race. He got off to a steady start, quickly building confidence and making back lots of places to climb up to 12th. He held that position until the last few corners where someone got past meaning he took his third 13th place finish of the weekend.
Despite the problem with Matt’s bike, it was a very positive weekend for us with both Matt and Sam constantly making really big improvements every session and taking it up a level from the previous round.
Davy Morgan and his DM71 Road Racing Team have been competing in a couple of events; The Lightweight Race at Ulster Grand Prix on 6th – 12th August 2017 and the ‘Race of Legends’ event which took place at Armoy Road Races, County Antrim, Northern Ireland on 28th – 29th July 2017. Dave has GPFAX brake pads installed on his Magic Bullet R6 Yamaha and Angry Bee ZX10 Kawasaki.
Here are his latest race reports:
Morgan Wins Lightweight Race at Ulster Grand Prix
Darragh Cross resident Davy Morgan was looking forward to the Ulster Grand Prix at Dundrod as the weather forecast was predicting dry roads for the first time in a few years. Armed with the Angry Bee ZX10 Kawasaki, Magic Bullet R6 and his own 250cc Honda it was going to be a busy few days for DM71 Road Racing.
Practice was solid if unspectacular and uneventful as Davy tried a few things, but still managed to qualify for all his races including a third place in the two lightweight races on his 250 Honda, 38th place for the Supersport Races and 29th place for Dundrod Superbike and UGP Superstock Races and 34th place for the UGP Superbike Races.
Thursday’s Dundrod 150 Superbike Race was the first race of the week and Davy was trying a different setting on the Angry Bee ZX10 Kawasaki to see if it would improve the bike. Unfortunately it didn’t and Davy retired to the pits at the end of lap three. The later Dundrod Lightweight Race was to be better as Davy battled with three other riders for the final step on the podium. Going onto the final lap he was in fifth place heading down the flying kilo, but by the chequered flag he had got past and claimed a hard fought third place despite the 250cc Honda not running right.
After a rebuild of the 250cc Honda there was a trip home on Friday night to search the garage for a set of tyres for it for Saturday’s race and this proved worthwhile with a new rear slick and used slick front found that were in much better condition than the tyres on the bike despite them being a few years old.
Race Day and we woke to heavy rain, which was not forecast, however after a delay the sun came out and the roads began to dry. They were not perfect for the opening Superstock Race. From the start Davy took it carefully, but as the race progressed and conditions improved Davy began to pick his way through the field and got himself up to twenty second at the flag on the Angry Bee ZX10, made even more impressive as he had to short shift fourth gear in the closing laps. Next up was the Supersport Race one and despite being down on top speed on the Magic Bullet R6 Yamaha which is essential at the ‘World’s Fastest Road Race’ Davy rode hard to move up to 28th place at the chequered flag.
He was immediately out on the 250cc Honda in the Lightweight Race and after a brilliant start he found himself in second place as they headed to the Deer’s Leap. Thursday’s race winner Bruce Anstey had just powered past when his bike expired leaving Davy in a lonely second place. There was more drama on lap three when leader Neil Kernohan had problems and Davy found himself in the lead with Owen and Laidlaw in pursuit. Davy managed to see off the attack and came home four and a half seconds ahead to take what was a very popular victory.
The remainder of the day proved frustrating, in Supersport Race two Davy was forced to retire on the second lap to avoid potential major damage as the Magic Bullet R6 Yamaha continued to lose power. The team had worked tirelessly all afternoon trying to resolve the fourth gear problem on the Angry Bee ZX10 Kawasaki, but it was to no avail and Davy was forced to pull into the pitlane at the end of the sighting lap and bring the day to a disappointing end.
A delighted, but frustrated Davy commented:
I want to pass on our deepest sympathy from everyone at DM71 Road Racing to the Hodson family on the loss of Jamie.
The win was brilliant, I had no answer to Neil (Kernohan) today, but I was riding as hard as I could and it paid off as I took my second UGP win. The amount of people waving on the final lap was amazing, but I was just concerned with getting the wee bike home. It was easier than Thursday’s third when I had to push hard on the final lap and took Loughers without moving to claim the podium. The other two bikes were frustrating, I got a good run on the Angry Bee ZX10 in the Superstock Race but it started jumping out of fourth gear and we could not resolve the issue despite the team’s best efforts. We could not risk going to the Superbike Race as there are a number of very fast fourth gear corners and if it jumped the wrong way I would have been off. The Magic Bullet R6 handled well as usual, but we were still down on power and struggled for top speed so I just kept plugging away.
Thanks again to all those who helped make it possible throughout the week Tim & Sally, Stanley, for the bikes and Chris, Jamie, Johnny, Maurice and Trudy for their hard work. It may have been frustrating on some fronts but it is always nice to come away with a win.
Heavy Rain at Armoy Interrupts Morgan’s Run
After a recent good run of results since his return from the TT, Saintfield lorry driver Davy Morgan and his DM71 Road Racing Team were looking forward to the Armoy ‘Race of Legends’, a circuit that Davy enjoys as it has a little bit of everything. The ‘Race of Legends’ is now arguably the most popular National Road Race Event both with spectators and riders alike, with a quality entry in all classes for 2017.
The weather was awful for Friday Practice and after a torrential rain shower during the Newcomer’s Sessions where Davy was out on track as an Instructor, he had got such a soaking that he had to change from the skin out including leathers before qualifying. Conditions did not get much better as the day progressed, but needs must and Davy persevered and managed to qualify 22nd on the Magic Bullet R6 for the Supersport Race and 15th for the Open Race and ‘Race of Legends’.
Race Day and the Supersport Race on the Magic Bullet R6 Yamaha was first up and after another heavy rain shower, wets were the order of the day and although not happy with conditions, after a slow start he managed to move up six places from his grid position and finish a creditable if disappointing 16th. As the rain showers continued by the time the Open Race came around the main road was completely dry and the back road soaking wet, so after doing the sighting lap Davy made the wise call to sit it out as there was no tyre available for the Angry Bee ZX10 Kawasaki to deal with the track conditions.
At some other tracks we would have already packed up for home, but Davy loves the challenge that the Armoy circuit offers so we put the slicks on and waited to see if the weather would improve so he could get out in the ‘Race of Legends on the Angry Bee ZX10 Kawasaki. When the time came for the race, conditions were the best they had been all weekend and from the middle of the B Group Davy dropped back a few places in the early laps, but as the track continued to dry and the tyres came to him he started making his way past other riders and at the flag had got himself in to a brilliant 9th place in a strong field and finish the weekend off with a smile.
Speaking afterwards Davy commented:
Not my kind of conditions this weekend, there was a lot of heavy rain showers and a lot of differing track conditions, but I tried to stay out on track as much as possible. On Friday I had no choice as I had to qualify to have the opportunity to race on Saturday so that was sort of taken out of my hands and although not as far up the grid as I would have liked, I did enough to get on to the grid.
I had hoped Saturday would be better, but it was not good and I have to say that the Supersport was not fun and on a scale of one to ten for enjoyment it was at best a minus seven. In the Open Race I just felt that we did not have a tyre to suit the vast difference between the wet and dry parts on the circuit so decided after sighting lap to sit it out. I really wanted a decent run as I like the circuit so we made the decision to put slicks in for the ‘Race of Legends’ and that if it didn’t suit that would be day over. Fortunately although not perfect it had dried enough and after taking a couple of laps to get the tyres up to temperature I enjoyed the run and kept my recent run of top ten finishes going.
Thanks again to everyone who helped over the weekend, it’s now on to the Ulster Grand Prix at Dundrod and we will have to see how it goes as it takes a lot to get through the week. The team budget to continue racing is very low, so if anyone would like to help us out and sponsor us a few pounds to help us, it would be much appreciated.
Davy tucked in on 250cc Honda Courtesy of Paul Woodlock
Maria Costello MBE
Maria Costello MBE made a sensational return to road racing at the MCE Ulster Grand Prix by claiming a top 10 finish in the ultra-competitive Supertwin class during the exciting week of racing that ran from 6th – 12th August 2017
Here is the race report of the event:
The Northamptonshire racer, who is also racing in the Hyundai Heavy Industries British Sidecar Championship this season, arrived at the fast Dundrod circuit in confident mood following a brace of podium finishes at Thruxton in her JG Speedfit/Cool Milk F2 sidecar.
Costello, back on board her familiar EBC Brakes equipped Kawasaki ER6 ‘Pizza Bike’, took to the 7.4 mile public road circuit in Dundrod for Wednesday’s qualifying and immediately found the pace and took 13th place on the grid with an average of 110.789mph on her penultimate lap of the session.
Thursday’s Dundrod 150 Supertwin race was abandoned, so it would be Saturday’s final race of the day, the Ulster Grand Prix Maxwell Freight Services Supertwin race, which would see Costello take to the track again in ideal conditions.
Maria had a strong start from the first wave of riders and recorded a stunning sub four minute opening lap (110.053mph) to cross the line in 9th position. A race long battle with French racer Xavier Denis then ensued and Costello’s consistency in lap times over the remaining four laps impressed greatly. Lap after lap Maria went marginally quicker with the next three laps rattled off within three tenths of a second of each other.
But Costello saved the best until last with a final lap of 3m53.138s (114.284mph). Despite this personal best, the veteran road racer just failed to pip Denis to the line and had to settle for 10th spot, just 0.26 of a second behind the fast Frenchman.
A delighted Costello said:
I’m thrilled with tenth position in what is an incredibly competitive class and even happier with taking six seconds off my PB. We didn’t get much track time in the run up to today’s race, so I have to say a big thank you to my mechanic Andy Daley and Mark from Moto Shox for the great prep and set up. The bike didn’t put a foot wrong on the Metzeler tyres. I’m so pleased, it’s the perfect warm up for the Classic TT.
Maria stays on two wheels for her next event as she heads back to the Isle of Man for the Classic TT, the scene of her podium last year. She will again be competing on the beautiful Paton for the Swiss Beugger Racing Team.