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THUNDERSPORT GB

CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 ROUND 7 27th & 28th August 2017

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TIMETABLE OF EVENTS

SUNDAY

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10.00am

15 Minutes Qualifying

Thundersport 500 Freshman & Thundersport Superteens

10.19am

15 Minutes Qualifying

Super/Stocktwins/RRV450 & Golden Era Steelsport

10.38am

15 Minutes Qualifying

Pre-National 600 Sport & Freshman

10.57am

15 Minutes Qualifying

Golden Era Superbike/Supersport & GP1 Classic / FM

11.16am

15 Minutes Qualifying

Thundersport 500 Elite & Seniors

11.35am

15 Minutes Qualifying

Thundersport 600 Sportsman & Elite

11.54am

15 Minutes Qualifying

Thundersport GP1 Sportsman & Elite

12.15pm

RACE 1

Golden Era Supersport & Steelsport

10 Laps (15.5 miles)

12.35pm

RACE 2

Thundersport 500 Freshman & Superteens

10 Laps (15.5 miles)

12.55pm

RACE 3

Supertwins/Stocktwins & RRV450GP

10 Laps (15.5 miles)

1.15pm

RACE 4

Pre-National 600 Sport & Freshman

10 Laps (15.5 miles)

1.35pm

RACE 5

Golden Era Superbike & GP1 Classic / FM

10 Laps (15.5 miles)

1.55pm

RACE 6

Thundersport 500 Elite & Seniors

10 Laps (15.5 miles)

2.15pm

RACE 7

Golden Era Supersport & Steelsport

10 Laps (15.5 miles)

2.35pm

RACE 8

Thundersport GP1 Sportsman & Elite

16 Laps (25 miles)

3.00pm

RACE 9

Thundersport 500 Freshman & Superteens

10 Laps (15.5 miles)

3.20pm

RACE 10

Thundersport 600 Sportsman & Elite

16 Laps (25 miles)

3.45pm

RACE 11

Supertwins/Stocktwins & Aprilia RRV450GP

10 Laps (15.5 miles)

CHURCH BREAK & GRAVITY CHALLENGE (No engine noise) 5.00pm

RACE 12

Pre-National 600 Sport & Freshman

10 Laps (15.5 miles)

5.20pm

RACE 13

Golden Era Superbike & GP1 Classic / FM

10 Laps (15.5 miles)

5.40pm

RACE 14

Thundersport 500 Elite & Seniors

10 Laps (15.5 miles)


TIMETABLE OF EVENTS

MONDAY

9.00am

10 Minutes Warm Up

Thundersport GP1 & Elite 600

9.13am

10 Minutes Warm Up

Thundersport 500 & Superteens

9.26am

10 Minutes Warm Up

Supertwins/Stocktwins & Golden Era Steelsport

9.39am

10 Minutes Warm Up

Pre-National 600 & Sportsman 600

9.52am

10 Minutes Warm Up

Golden Era Superbike GP1 Classic & Golden Era Supersport

10.10am

RACE 1

Thundersport 600 Sportsman & Elite

14 Laps (22 miles)

10.34am

RACE 2

Thundersport 500 Freshman & Superteens

12 Laps (19 miles)

10.56am

RACE 3

Supertwins/Stocktwins & Aprilia RRV450GP

12 Laps (19 miles)

11.18am

RACE 4

Thundersport GP1 Sportsman & Elite

14 Laps (22 miles)

11.42am

RACE 5

Pre-National 600 Sport & Freshman

12 Laps (19 miles)

12.04pm

RACE 6

Golden Era Superbike & GP1 Classic / FM

12 Laps (19 miles)

12.26pm

RACE 7

Thundersport 500 Elite & Seniors

12 Laps (19 miles)

12.48pm

RACE 8

Golden Era Supersport / Steelsport

12 Laps (19 miles)

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RACE 9

Thundersport 600 Sportsman & Elite

14 Laps (22 miles)

2.14pm

RACE 10

Thundersport 500 Freshman & Superteens

12 Laps (19 miles)

2.36pm

RACE 11

Supertwins/Stocktwins & RRV450GP

12 Laps (19 miles)

2.58pm

RACE 12

Thundersport GP1 Sportsman & Elite

14 Laps (22 miles)

3.22pm

RACE 13

Pre-National 600 Sport & Freshman

12 Laps (19 miles)

3.44pm

RACE 14

Golden Era Superbike & GP1 Classic / FM

12 Laps (19 miles)

4.06pm

RACE 15

Thundersport 500 Elite & Seniors

12 Laps (19 miles)

4.28pm

RACE 16

Golden Era Supersport & Steelsport

12 Laps (19 miles)


THUNDERSPORT GB (Affiliated to the ACU as Club Thundersport Ltd) This meeting is held under a European OPEN Road Race Permit, complying with the National Sporting Code and the Standing Regulations for Road Races of the ACU, the Supplementary Regulations of the above organisation, and in accordance with the ACU / FIM Environmental Code. Permanent Course Licence No. 022c ACU Permit No. ACU 49129 Outline Flags and other signals used at this meeting: (full details are shown in the ACU Handbook a copy of which is available for inspection in the Race Administration).

OUTLINE FLAGS AND OTHER SIGNALS

RED LIGHTS - May be extinguished as the signal to start races. May be illuminated to stop races or practice NATIONAL FLAG - May be used as the signal to start races GREEN FLAG - Indicates that the track is clear YELLOW FLAG - This Flag indicates that there is danger ahead. Overtaking in this sector is forbidden YELLOW /RED STRIPED FLAG - This indicates a lack of adhesion in this sector. Oil, Water or another substance (debris) on track RED FLAG - The race or practice session is stopped. Riders must return slowly to the pits or as directed by the marshals YELLOW I BLACK CROSS - This flag is shown at the startline at the beginning of the last lap. CHEQUERED FLAG - Indicates the end of the race or practice session

NOTICE: MOTOR SPORTS CAN BE DANGEROUS! Despite the organisers taking all reasonable precautions, unavoidable accidents can happen. Please comply with all instructions of marshals and notices and remain in permitted areas only. THEY ARE CONCERNED WITH YOUR SAFETY

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ANGLESEY COASTAL CIRCUIT

RACE DIRECTOR Dave Stewart

SECRETARY OF THE MEETING Dave Stewart 10 Hemington Lane Lockington Leicestershire. DE74 2RJ

RACE SECRETARY Bernadette Stewart

CLERK OF THE COURSE Dave Stewart DEPUTY CLERKS OF THE COURSE Phil Page Kyle Tansley Joanne Lumb Samantha Page / Janet Day

OFFICIALS & ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

ASSISTANT RACE SECRETARY CHIEF TECHNICAL STEWARDS Stuart Bailey (Chief)

CHIEF MARSHAL John Pedersen

CHIEF INCIDENT OFFICER Mark Lumb

SOUND CONTROL

Rodger Wadey (Senior)

STARTLINE OFFICIALS Dave Richardson (Chief) Yorke Wilson (Deputy)

RACE CONTROL Joanne Page

ASSEMBLY AREA

Norman & Margaret Lowes

PODIUM CREW Thundersport Syd Alison Osler

RECOVERY TEAM

Tom Freeman / Emma Field Keith Goldsmith / Alan McFarlane

ACU STEWARD John Ward

TIMEKEEPERS TSL Timing

CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICERS Mike Bloom Aruni Sen David George

AMBULANCE SERVICE Premier First Aid

COMMENTATORS

Robin Murphy - John Ward

CIRCUIT MANAGER

Andrew Crighton - 01407 811400


Dave Jac “THE MA


cques ASTER”

This time last year was the last time our great friend Dave Jacques “The Master” was out on post at a motorcycle event. I wanted to write something fitting, but my literary skills cannot possibly do justice to a man who taught so many of us so much. We all referred to him as “The Master” not in jest, but purely because he truly was the master of his trade. We all still miss him at every event and I hope he is looking down on us from somewhere above “Rocket In” this weekend. Seeing as I can’t find the words to express what he meant to us, I thought I would share a few of my favourite photographs of “The Master” in action. I particularly like the last one (bottom right) because what you can’t see is the whole Thundersport GP1 pack approaching at speed from the direction of Coram Curve, or the impressive turn of speed Dave demonstrated in the following seconds.... And that is how we all like to remember him - full of life!

Still...... “ON TOUR” forever.


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Modern Superstock 600 specification bikes are now so good that what was almost unthinkable 10 years ago is now true. In the right hands, a Superstock bike could set a lap time good enough for a front row start in British Supersport. Bearing in mind the ÂŁ25,000 price gap between the two bikes, that is an amazing testament to how closely the manufacturers are able to replicate what their race departments are learning from racing and putting it into their production lines. With lap times so close, it seems mildly pointless creating two different races and therefore splitting up the pool of talent, so we combine the two different machine specifications into one (very exciting) race. We now run two classes in this race, but they are no longer split on machine specification, they are divided based on rider experience and licence grade. This reflects the lesser experience of some riders who contest the Sportsman class, rather than the Elite. This is our first season using this format, which was introduced because we felt that some riders moving up from the Pre-National classes would like to be able to contest a championship against riders with a similar level of experience. The Elite class is the main championship and it is the fastest 600 racing class anywhere outside of the BSB paddock itself. If you can cut the mustard in this tremendously competitive class, you can acquit yourself well anywhere! Whatever happens the action will be as frantic as only 600cc racing can be.

No 4 5 6 10 18 19 21 22 26 34 42 47 48 50 54 61 62 64 65 68 69 72 74 87 91 94 101 111 121 122 144 241 808

Rider Kevin Baker Chris Hellewell Brendan Mallinder Sam Holme John Dieterman Lloyd Shelley Aaron Armstrong Zak Corderoy Ryan Cooper Arnie Shelton Max Dixon William White Alex Laureys Lewis Barnes Sam Cox Ross Patterson Nick Edgeley Danny Booth Ashley Milburn Chris Manger Caolan Irwin Max Wadsworth Joey Thompson Robin Aspden Simon Napier Joe Miller Kurtis Drew Aaron Bradley Eoin Collins Tom Collinge Jamie Boyce Thomas O'Grady Robert Varey

Hometown Co Clare ROI Rotherham Rotherham Elvington Preston Burntwood Lisnaskea NI Blewbury Leeds Bourne Wirral Watford Balham Swindon Maldon Antrim NI Bolney Preston Newhall Leeds Letterkenny ROI Halifax York Blackburn Stockport Hull Cirencester Nottingham Lisdoonvarna ROI Halifax Aylesbury Dublin ROI Preston

Team Fintra Racing Phoenix CFS Team Mally CMB Motorsport Team Baxi JLS Access Bookings.com Ape Racing Zak Racing Coops HQ Shelton Racing Max Dixon Racing Get Low Racing APL Racing Barnes Haulage Sam Cox Racing Kingsbury Racing Team Edge RST Racing DB Racing Phoenix CFS Manger Racing Oasis Bar Letterkenny Specialised Group Trickbits Racing GAS Racing AS Racing M-Tec Racing KD Racing GLP Storage Solutions Collins Racing Tom Collinge Racing MSG Racing Roundtower Plant Hire Colin Sanderson Racing

Machine Kawasaki Kawasaki Yamaha Kawasaki Triumph Triumph Triumph Kawasaki Yamaha Kawasaki Triumph Triumph Kawasaki Yamaha Yamaha Kawasaki Triumph Yamaha Kawasaki Yamaha Yamaha Kawasaki Kawasaki Suzuki Kawasaki Yamaha Yamaha Kawasaki Kawasaki Yamaha Suzuki Kawasaki Yamaha

cc 600 600 600 600 675 675 675 600 600 600 675 675 600 600 600 600 675 600 600 600 600 600 600 600 600 600 600 600 600 600 600 600 600

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Thundersport 600 Elite Points 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

William White Zak Corderoy Max Wadsworth Robert Varey Brendan Mallinder Caolan Irwin Lloyd Shelley Jordan Rushby Danny Booth Arnie Shelton

259 197 162 162 156 151 137 119 103 92

Thundersport 600 Sportsman Points 1 Robert Varey 270 2 Lloyd Shelley 260 3 Ashley Milburn 197 4 Sam Holme 194 5 Ben Wotton 184 6 Alex Laureys 156 7 Aaron Bradley 155 8 Ryan Cooper 110 9 Tony Waistnage 76 10 Dan Parker 66

CLASS LAP RECORD 1.08.426 Danny Booth


THE TRUE COST OF RACING... DO NOT LEAVE THIS ARTICLE LYING AROUND...

Adrenalin addiction / expense can start at an early age You might want to pull these two pages out of the programme before your wife / girlfriend or mum sees them. As a matter of fact, if you are particularly sensitive about finances, or like my mate Phil who is always the last one to the bar, you might want to look away now. This is a subject I have visited before, because it is something we get asked all the time by aspiring new racers. “How much does it cost to go racing?” The thing that prompted me to come back to it was our recent “Donington 500” event, which was deliberately aimed at winding the clock back to the days of one day events and quickfire racing with very few frills. During the lunch break I was setting up the pit lane for the Endurance race when I overheard a conversation between a prospective new racer and one of the Military riders (who shall remain nameless in order to protect him from dire consequences). “So what do the extras cost, like a pair of wet tyres?” was the question I first overheard. Pretty normal stuff and I hope that my facial expression didn’t change when the answer came back:“Oh, about £75 for a pair from A&R or Holbeach mate!” The lie seemed to trip easily off the tongue as if it had been uttered many times before and the reason for this was that the wife of the chap concerned was standing just a couple of yards away wiping the Suzuki GSXR race

bike down with a soft cloth. I just kept walking and hoped that she didn’t notice my shoulders shaking with the barely contained laughter, as I remembered the days of telling those same lies to my wife years ago (This was before I married Bernadette, she actually helped pay for my racing after we got married. Keep shopping around boys, the gems are out there.)

Most of us have done it, as admitting the true cost of racing seems to be something we all avoid at all costs. The problem is that once you’ve experienced the thrill and excitement of it, nothing else will do. It’s only once the needle is in your arm that you truly understand what Steve McQueen meant when he uttered that famous quote “Racing is Life. Anything that happens before or after is just waiting!” OK, if you haven’t looked away yet, it’s too late.......... You may need to read the rest of this article with a torch, whilst hidden under the duvet, but whatever you do don’t leave it lying around at home. Racing is horrendously expensive. There you are - I’ve said it. We all know it and we all find ways of doing a bit of creative accounting to hide from that nasty fact. OK, but here is the counterpoint:- It is genuinely the most fun you can have with your clothes on, nothing else I have tried in my 55 years on this planet even comes close. It is addictive both on track and for the camaraderie that you find in the paddock. You will meet friends here that last a lifetime and the key thing about your racing buddies is that they will understand


banging elbows in the first corner on a Thundersport 500 and then tussling with a full grid of equal machines is the best bang for your buck. Others simply have to ride a 200 bhp missile that they are only ever just in control of and that fine balancing act of pushing right up to the limit of how fast it is possible to get from one apex to the next is the only thing that really gets their blood fizzing. I have updated an old table I created for one of the shows a few years ago and reprinted it here just as a guide to what each respective class costs and what you can expect for your money. Obviously there are many variables and none of these costs take into account that at the end of each season, if you choose to sell up, you can recoup a large proportion of your kit costs. I have included a couple of other clubs classes just as a guide and also the BSB Superstock 600 class as that is their mainstream entry level. None of this is black & white as you have to factor in how much qualifying time you are allocated, which I have not included. As you all know, here at Thundersport every rider has access to a morning Warm Up period on the second day of each meeting and that is not a given elsewhere. Likewise the BSB Superstock class looks very expensive, but you do get more practice time than we have included for the other classes. The big surprise this time for me wasn’t that Thundersport 500 was the cheapest way to go racing, but how close to it the Golden Era Steelsport class is. The two old 2-stroke classes have to be given

You spend how much??? your obsession, because they share it. They won’t be left standing there looking like a confused Spaniel when you are talking about the time and effort you put into your racing and your bike. As a life experience, if you’re placing it in some kind of value for money scale, from that perspective it is cheap. Hang on to that thought. There are degrees of expense though and I’m not sure that you can demonstrate a straight line between the thrill of racing an old East German MZ250 and a fire breathing GP1 machine with all the whistles and bells. It really is just a case of finding out which one flicks your switch and what you are willing or able to finance. For many riders the thrill of

some leeway too, as they are now almost classics and are therefore getting quite expensive to keep running. I did start to work out the costs on the 250 Grand Prix class, but the numbers made even my eyes water so I have not included them as I don’t want to be cited in divorce proceedings. Of course all of these championships are calculated utilising used bikes and have less residual value in their machines at the end of the season, but you could also say that their machines have already depreciated, so they’re not going to lose much in value percentage wise. It also really comes down to what you actually want to race and where you want to race it. MZs & YPMs have a good home at Bemsee and that goes a good way towards making up for the fact that they’re not exactly cutting edge bikes and the same is true for the Roadstocks with EMRA if you only want to do one day events. However, if you’re looking for something modern, stylish and attractive the PreNational 600 class looks to be pretty good value for money. The route I often recommend to new riders goes from Golden Era Steelsport or Supersport, to Pre-National 600 and then on to whatever got you interested in racing in the first place. Shining through though is the fact that the humble CB500 is still the most accessible route into an incredibly competitive class, with low maintenance costs and very simple mechanics that should ensure excellent reliability.

Thundersport 500

Golden Era Steelsport

Thundersport Superteens

Stocktwins

Pre-National 600 Freshman

BMZRC 250 CUP

EMRA Streetstocks

YPMRC TZR 250

Thundersport GP1

BSB Superstock 600

2000.00 650.00 250.00 250.00 900.00 2045.00

1200.00 1275.00 500.00 250.00 900.00 2045.00

3500.00 1500.00 500.00 350.00 900.00 2045.00

3000.00 2000.00 500.00 400.00 900.00 2045.00

5000.00 2250.00 1000.00 800.00 1100.00 2045.00

2500.00 1000.00 800.00 350.00 800.00 2080.00

3500.00 1000.00 500.00 500.00 400.00 1200.00

3500.00 2000.00 1250.00 500.00 800.00 2060.00

8000.00 4750.00 1500.00 1000.00 1200.00 2045.00

7500.00 5800.00 1500.00 1000.00 2000.00 2750.00

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17 34

17 34

17 34

15 29

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15 29

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Total Cost Cost Per Meeting Cost per Race

6095.00 677.23 179.26

6170.00 685.56 181.47

8795.00 977.23 258.00

8845.00 982.77 260.14

12195.00 1355.00 358.68

7530.00 941.25 259.66

7100.00 887.50 443.75

10110.00 1263.75 348.62

18495.00 2055.00 711.35

20550.00 1868.18 1868.18

2nd Season Costs Cost Per Meeting Cost Per Race

3845.00 427.23 113.09

4720.00 524.44 138.82

4945.00 549.45 145.44

5445.00 605.00 160.14

6395.00 710.56 188.09

5500.00 687.50 189.66

3100.00 387.50 193.75

6610.00 826.25 227.93

9495.00 1055.00 365.19

12050.00 1095.46 1095.46

This does not include travel or test days

Cost of Competitive Bike (used) Tyres Spares Wets on Wheels Fuel (Race & Genny) Entry Fees Number of Race Days Number of Races


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INNOVATION IN ACTION

THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT

It’s been very well documented that the worlds longest running one make championship – the Aprilia Superteen Challenge – has been the launch pad for a multitude of British and World Championship racers. That was no accident, but it wasn’t exactly rocket science either. The premise for developing young talent isn’t really solely about the machinery they are using, the important thing – the only really important thing in fact – is getting the entire pool of talent in the same place, at the same time. Any of us could be conceited and say that we are teaching them, but there is no point in lying about it – these youngsters are teaching each other. They look at another rider of similar age, ability and size to themselves and just think “If he can do that, so can I!” and once they’ve made it happen once, it goes straight into their skill set. The more kids you can get together on track at the same time, the more opportunity there is for them all to learn at a faster rate. When Casey Stoners parents brought him half way across the world to pitch him against the other youngsters in the Aprilia Superteens, it started a chain of events that culminated in Cal Crutchlow becoming the first British premier class Grand-Prix winner since Barry Sheene. If you think that is the end of the line, you’re not looking at the true picture though. There are a whole host of riders still working their way through the system that have the potential to replicate that success and perhaps go even further. Cal was a Superteen in 2000 and went on to win the championship in 2001, so there are another 14 years worth of exactly that kind of talent already in the pipeline. OK, so Casey only took 7 years after leaving the Aprilia Superteens to get into a position where he was able to take his first MotoGP race win, whereas it’s taken Cal 14 years, but I think that just goes to prove the point that there is no great rush as British riders tend to benefit from a little more time in the development stages. Rory Skinner, Charlie Nesbitt, Max Cook and Lewis Rollo – make a note of their names as they are all on the same upward escalator that brought Cal, Bradley Smith, Sam Lowes, Danny Kent, Danny Webb and Alex Lowes into the Moto-GP paddock. The biggest hindrance to youth development in the UK over the past 2 years has been that the young riders have been forced to choose between three separate championships that have all been catering for the same thing. The KTM RC390 Cup has attracted a regular 15 riders, the Kawasaki Junior Cup is at about the same level and even the Aprilia Superteens has dropped down to similar levels recently from its peak of 54 riders back in 2009. Get those riders all together on track at the same time and you would have a true British Youth Motorcycle Academy once again. It should be no shock to anyone, that just 3 weeks after the above was first written, WSB launched the World Supersport 300 Cup.

No 2 4 6 8 14 18 21 24 44 46 51 61 64 69 74 78 81 81 83 88 97 120 124 141 164 178 292 414 444

Rider Cameron Dawson Andrew Smyth Luke Verwey Cameron Hall Andy Leivers Jodie Fieldhouse Franco Bourne Max Lofthouse Mitchell Searle Joshua Hipwell Adam Campion Brendan Glover Liam Bassett Dave West Daniel Black Matthew Bower Thomas Starbuck Thomas Starbuck Thomas Kirk Harry Leigh Laurence Edgeley Sean Whitaker Lewis Booth Andrew Batner Jim Gaughan Steven Shrubsall Ryan Meaden Stuart Burgess Karl Finch

Hometown Dungannon NI Aughnacloy NI Silverstone Barnsley Derby Worle Crook Burnley Greenhithe Doncaster Hucknall Dublin ROI Durham Lincoln Lincoln Sheffield Lincoln Lincoln Doncaster Hathern Bolney Barwell Sale Swindon Lincoln St Leonards Sandford Lincoln Lincoln

Team KMR / Dawson Racing Smyth Racing Team XG Group FIS Racing Leivers Racing Go Pink Racing Franco Bourne Racing Love Racing MSR Hipwell Racing Campion Racing BG Racing Liam Bassett Racing West Racing RD Racing MD Racing Starbuck Racing Starbuck Racing Team Kirk Racing Double 8 Racing Team Edge RST SW Racing LRB Racing Batner Racing Full Tilt Boogie Bexhill Gearboxes RD Racing SB Racing KF Racing

Machine Aprilia Kawasaki KTM Aprilia Honda Aprilia Kawasaki Aprilia KTM Honda Honda Aprilia KTM Honda Honda Aprilia Honda Honda Honda Aprilia Yamaha Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda

cc 125 300 390 125 500 450 300 450 390 500 500 125 390 500 500 450 500 500 500 450 300 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500

Class ST ST ST ST F ST ST ST ST F F ST ST F F ST F F F ST ST F F F F F F F F

Thundersport 500 Freshman 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Adam Campion Steve Shrubsall Ryan Meaden Andrew Batner Daniel Swift Karl Finch Lee Wharton Dave West Simon Burgess Matt Postlethwaite

485 296 263 219 208 173 154 148 131 111

Thundersport Superteens 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Charlie Farrer Matt Bower Jodie Fieldhouse Scott Ogden Kade Verwey Franco Bourne Laurence Edgeley Jake Clark Liam Bassett Cameron Hall

427 331 268 261 223 217 211 189 178 156

CLASS LAP RECORDS Superteens 1.16.516 - Charlie Nesbitt Thundersport 500 1.15.657 - Ryan Vickers


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AVON TYRES SUPERTWINS

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- STOCKTWINS & APRILIA RRV450GP SUPERTWINS THE ORIGINAL GP2 FOR THE MASSES!

CLASS LAP RECORDS Supertwins - 1.10.437 John Simpson Stocktwins - 1.12.829 Greg Madero Aprilia RRV450 - 1.11.790 George Stanley WHAT’S SUPER ABOUT SUPERTWINS?

Thundersport GB started out with what is now our Supertwin class back in 2009 (it was called GP2 back then) and it has since appeared in Irish Road Races, the North-West 200 and more recently the TT Races. These light and manouverable 650cc twin cylinder 4-strokes can be built for around half the cost of a 600cc Superstock machine and open up a route for the home tuner to get re-involved in the modern racing scene. The British Superbike package is missing out on this middleweight category at the moment and I can’t understand why. It would fill in that elusive rung on every budding young racers ladder to success.

STOCKTWINS ARE SUPERTWINS ON A BUDGET

Whereas the Supertwin category has no tuning restrictions, we also compliment that with our more cost concious Stocktwins Championship. Cost control was always designed to be a core principal of Stocktwins and the rules are designed to allow most things that are NOT performance enhancing.

APRILIA RRV450GP

These are designed to be as close as you can get handling wise to the old 250GP bikes, but with the elegantly engineered Aprilia / Rotax 4-stroke V-twin unit that powers the world beating SXV Supermotard machines.

Avon Tyres Supertwins Points

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Rider

Hometown

Team

Machine

cc

CL

2

Stephen Taylor

Oakham

STR Racing Team #2

Suzuki

650

S

3

Ryan Redman

Blackpool

British Army Race Team

Suzuki

650

S

9

Alex Taylor

Southwater

Scott Racing M/cycles

Aprilia

450

RRV

17

Jonny Towers

Coton in Elms

Team Edge RST

Kawasaki

650

T

18

Matt Powell

Swansea

UWTSD Orthrus Racing

Suzuki

650

S

19

Neil Schofield

Barnsley

Schofield Racing

Suzuki

650

S

21

Nicole Lynch

Clondalkin ROI

Medlar Racing

Suzuki

650

T

26

Daniel Taylor

Kirton Lindsey

S Brocklehurst Transport

Suzuki

650

T

35

Tim Hawkins

Minehead

Hawkins Racing

Suzuki

650

S

36

Mark Hanna

Antrim NI

Hanna Performance

Kawasaki

650

T

39

Thomas Burnett

Ramsey IOM

Tru Racing

Suzuki

650

T

43

Alex Platt

Lincoln

B&B Motorcycles

Suzuki

650

S

55

Ben Rainbow

Plymouth

RAF MSA

Suzuki

650

S

60

Greg Madero

Towcester

Madero Racing

Kawasaki

650

T

66

Rhys Irwin

Letterkenny

Oasis Bar Letterkenny

Aprilia

450

RRV

74

Joey Thompson

York

Trickbits Racing

Suzuki

650

T

76

Mark Kirkby

Hexham

MK Racing

Kawasaki

650

T

86

Thomas Jennings

Hinckley

TJ Racing

Aprilia

450

RRV

90

Rishon Hickey

Burntisland

Rishon Racing

WK

650

T

Scarborough

Team Tolly Racing

Suzuki

650

T

133 Ben Tolliday

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Jonny Towers Greg Madero Dan Taylor Ben Tolliday Alex Platt Alex Taylor Jonathan Perry Neil Schofield Alex Wood Charlie King

531 401 276 255 218 179 142 127 113 109

Avon Tyres Stocktwins Points 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Alex Platt Neil Schofield Jason Markham Joe Thomas Stephen Taylor Ian McGann Paul Williams Matt Powell Ben Rainbow Ryan Redman

531 350 275 242 214 148 145 136 125 112

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MICHELIN TYRES THUNDERSPORT GP1 ELITE & MONEX GP1 SPORTSMAN

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THUNDERSPORT GP1 THE BADDEST BULLETS ON THE BLOCK!

CLASS LAP RECORD 1.07.895 John Ingram CAREFUL WITH THAT AXE EUGENE!

These bad boys are the most sophisticated and powerful bits of kit in the paddock. When you start racing, everyone secretly wants one, but the first time you ride one in anger reminds you very forcefully that they can bite! It is a reminder of how fast technology has advanced in just a few years when you consider that all of the bikes on this grid have more advanced electronics than even the most sophisticated Grand Prix machines had before the 4-stroke Moto-GP era started. It’s even more amazing to consider that if a decent standard club rider were on one of these machines in any Grand Prix before around 1991, he would probably have won! That is a little factoid that both astounds and offends people like me that grew up with Wayne Rainey and Eddie Lawson as their racing heroes (because NOBODY could have smoked the tyres like they did - could they?)................ This race has 2 categories within one race - all riders contest the main Thundersport GP1 Elite category and that can be won outright by a Sportsman rider if he is good enough. There is also a “Freshman” category (page 11) for riders who are yet to obtain their Full Clubman Licence.

No

Rider

Hometown

Team

Machine

cc

CL

2

Jordan Rushby

Beverley

Rushers Racing

BMW

1000

E

5

George Stanley

Stapleton

IN Competition

Aprilia

1000

E

7

James Kelly

Mullingar ROI

Team Actimel

Suzuki

1000

E

8

Sean Reid

Ayr

Reid Racing

Honda

1000

S

10

Ben Scranage

Bolton

Scranage Racing

Kawasaki

1000

E

15

Sean Martin

Stockport

Team CCM Racing

Honda

1000

S

17

Gary Woodward

Burton on Trent

Team Able

BMW

1000

S

21

Chris Barnes

Preston

AP Broome Racing

BMW

1000

E

25

Eoghan Delaney

Dublin ROI

Delaney Racing

Kawasaki

1000

E

28

Gary Hutchinson

Ripon

Red's True Barbeque

Kawasaki

1000

S

40

Jack Gover

Southampton

TH Racing

Kawasaki

1000

S

49

Paul McClung

Haddington

McClung Racing

BMW

1000

E

52

Craig Thompson

Chwilog

AS Racing

Kawasaki

1000

S

55

Jonathan Panter

Leicester

J Panter Racing

BMW

1000

S

57

Cody Nally

Westmeath ROI

Walkers Vehicle Rental

Kawasaki

1000

E

61

Ben Handley

Elvington

B-OK Racing

Kawasaki

1000

E

62

Nick Edgeley

Bolney

Team Edge RST Racing

BMW

1000

E

73

David Brook

Bradford

Team Arkoni Racing

75

Jamie Tibble

Southampton

Team Tibble

87

Billy Mellor

Barnsley

Team Able

90

Rory Parker

Ramsey IOM

94

Lee Williams

96 99

BMW

1000

E

Kawasaki

1000

S

BMW

1000

E

Layson Racing

Kawasaki

1000

E

Bootle

Team Willo/ Hi-Tech

Kawasaki

1000

E

Callum O'Shea

Port Soderick IOM

Monarch Honda

Honda

1000

E

Ben Crowe

Carnforth

Team 99 Racing

BMW

1000

S

111

Sonny Martin

Wirral

Guildford Audio

Kawasaki

1000

S

115

Sam McFarlane

Wellingborough

MSG Racing Suzuki

Suzuki

1000

S

126

Jonathan Lodge

Holmfirth

Earnshaws M/cycles

Kawasaki

1000

E

171

John Robb

Stockport

EMTT

Suzuki

1000

E

All categories of GP1 rider may use any tyre, slick or treaded and even 16.5 inch rims if desired. There is an open tyre policy in most classes at Thundersport GB and Michelin, Dunlop, Avon, Continental and the other brands all put a lot of effort into getting their men onto the podium. If one brand dominates the podium, the rest of the riders very swiftly switch to that brand. This is a VERY big marketing exercise, because over 1,200 tyres will be used at pretty much every Thundersport GB meeting. That’s well over £1,000,000 worth of tyres each season without even counting tyres used for out of season testing!

Thundersport GP1 Elite Points 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Lee Williams Dave Brook Paul McClung Billy Mellor Phil Crowe Mark Sykes Ben Crowe Michael Neeves Jamie Tibble John Ingram

308 218 160 157 123 116 106 96 90 70

Thundersport GP1 Sportsman Points 1 Ben Crowe 362 2 Jamie Tibble 264 3 Gary Woodward 205 4 Gary Hutchinson 193 5 Sonny Martin 180 6 Sam McFarlane 177 7 Ash Stone 115 8 Sam Osborne 81 9 Richard White 77 10 Scott Billingham 75


A&R RACING - CONTINENTAL PRE-NATIONAL 600 Sport & Freshman

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PRE-NATIONAL 600 PASSION PUT INTO ACTION!

CLASS LAP RECORDS

Sport 1.09.826 - Lloyd Shelley F/man 1.11.747 - Alex Laureys INTO THE FIRE

The world of motorcycle racing can be an intimidating place for newcomers. If you want to start on a 600cc machine, you’ll quickly discover that everyone else on the grid is a budding Axe-Murderer in the making. In order to ease the transition into this fiercely competitive category, we created the “Pre-National Sport 600” class for riders who have yet to gain a National Licence. It was originally made up of a mix of pure novices and riders who are generally in their second season of racing. It tends to work slightly better than a pure “Novice” or “Rookie” grid because the new riders have some slightly more experienced riders around them that they can learn from - rather than the fastest newcomer being left to his own devices. This is hugely beneficial when it comes to things like lapping slower riders, or dealing with temporary course changes such as No Rider Hometown Team Machine cc CL lack of adhesion flags being utilised on 3 Shaun Bailiff Chester SAB Racing Yamaha 600 F parts of the track. Of course those things 6 Paul McDonald Bracknell Mac Racing Triumph 675 S can be learnt by trial and error, but having 8 Tom Hill Chesham BDR Yamaha Yamaha 600 S someone who has done it before just 11 Will Harper Desborough MSG Racing Suzuki Suzuki 600 S ahead of you takes the guesswork out of 13 Peter Nelson Runcorn Lord Nelson Tattoos Kawasaki 600 S it. We also have a “Freshman” category 14 Daniel Jones Solihull DJ Racing Yamaha 600 S within this race, which is for riders on a 18 Freddie Craine Ramsey IOM Jugger Racing Yamaha 600 S Novice licence with very little experience. 21 Stephen Thomas Salisbury British Army Race Team Triumph 675 F The bikes themselves are pretty much 23 Andrew Evans Carnforth AE Racing Yamaha 600 S the same specification machines as 24 Lee McLaughlin Leeds Lee McRacing Suzuki 600 F those on the Sportsman Elite grid, but 27 Brian Fuidge Poole RNRMRRT Suzuki 600 S at this learning stage of the process any 28 Michael Coxon Stockton British Army Race Team Triumph 675 F small differences are immaterial. As with 31 Andy Lee Shrewsbury Andy Lee Racing Suzuki 600 S all 600cc production based formulae, 33 Kieran Brockie Nantwich KB Racing Yamaha 600 S the Pre-National 600 Sport & Freshman 34 Chris Lavisher Newbury LBR Racing Triumph 675 S classes races on “Road-Legal” treaded 35 Daniel Greenwood Plymouth RNRMRRT Honda 600 F tyres unless a “Wet Race” is declared, 37 Richard Dudley Manchester RD Racing Suzuki 600 S in which case tyre choice is free. There 38 Jeremy Watson Hemel Hempsted JW Racing Yamaha 600 S are no restrictions on the brand of tyre 42 Martin Farrelly Hinckley FAF Racing Triumph 675 F used and all major manufacturers are represented. 43 Jane Nixon Sleaford Nixon Racing Triumph 675 S 44 Aran Sadler Pelton AS Racing Kawasaki 600 S Pre-National 600 Sport Points 45 Chris Curtis Stoulton MSG Racing Suzuki Suzuki 600 S 1 Zac Oultram 460 47 Zac Oultram Manchester Konect Racing Kawasaki 600 S 2 Paul McDonald 262 49 AJ McDaniel Huntingdon RS Racing Honda 600 F 3 Liam Warren 218 52 Samuel Mousley Swansea UWTSD Orthrus Racing Yamaha 600 S 4 Alun Brooks 205 58 Liam Warren Spalding South Lincs Leisure Triumph 675 S 63 Thomas Holmes Walsall TH Racing Yamaha 600 S 5 Jeremy Watson 202 64 Pete Riches Gosport PR Racing Triumph 675 F 6 Will Harper 202 65 Jim Gaughan Lincoln Full Tilt Boogie Triumph 675 F 7 Pete Riches 168 66 Tom Johnson Newport Satellite Finance Yamaha 600 S 8 Liam Dale 137 76 Luke Verwey Silverstone Team XG Group Kawasaki 600 S 77 Gary Hignett Spalding RAF MSA Honda 600 S 9 Lee McLoughlin 129 78 Karl Seaton Bury KSR Kawasaki 600 F 10 Sean Kenyon 122 80 Stephen Kimmings Orsett SK Racing Yamaha 600 S Pre-National 600 FreshmanPoints 81 Rich Baker Crewe Bakers Cabinets Triumph 675 S 82 Kevin Adams Mold Les Adams Racing Kawasaki 600 S 1 Lee McLoughlin 338 85 Neil Goodson High Wycombe BDR Yamaha Yamaha 600 S 2 Michael Coxon 320 86 Luke Turner Bedford LT Racing Kawasaki 600 S 3 Stephen Thomas 316 89 Liam Dale Bradford Barrett Steel Racing Yamaha 600 S 4 AJ McDaniel 296 91 Ian Norris Holmer Green Nozza Racing Suzuki 600 F 96 Cemal Oram Bristol RNRMRRT Suzuki 600 S 5 Pete Riches 254 100 Steven Bentley Norwich Rock Racing Triumph 675 F 6 Joseph Addy 166 113 Nige Pitt Bury Pittys Custom Vinyls Triumph 675 S 7 Ian Norris 157 119 Alun Brooks Welshpool Brooks Boyz Racing Honda 600 S 8 William Griffin 110 173 Andrew Cullum Ashton u Lyme AC Racing Yamaha 600 S 9 Martin Farrelly 106 210 Micheal Reynolds Leigh Reynolds Racing Triumph 675 S 300 Kingsan Ho Nantwich UK Racehomes Honda 600 S 10 Karl Seaton 104


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AVON TYRES GOLDEN ERA SUPERBIKE & ALTO DIGITAL GP1 CLASSIC/FM

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GOLDEN ERA NO GIMMICKS - SUPERBIKES OF THE 90s

CLASS LAP RECORD Golden Era Superbike 1.09.996 John Dieterman

WHEN TRACTION CONTROL WAS ALL IN THE WRIST ACTION

Some of the most memorable race action came from a time before the electronics geeks interferred with the direct relationship between the twist grip and the throttle slides. Seeing Yasutomo Nagai, Scott Russell, Giancarlo Fallappa, Aaron Slight and Anthony Gobert not only backing it in on high speed sections, but also squirming out of corners whilst the chassis tied itself in knots may not have been as fast as modern Moto-GP bikes - but it looked a whole lot faster and infinitely more exciting. Golden Era Superbikes is our version of this classic era of motorcycle racing, before 1000cc across the frame 4 cylinder bikes displaced the “real” Superbikes of the 750cc era. Just looking at these homologation specials on their paddock stands invokes memories of that era and when they fire up, the chatter of the flatslides just makes me grin - I can’t help it. This year we welcome the GP1 Classic bikes to the grid. Tyres on both classes are any make, any pattern, any type - including slicks. Rims are also free and even carbon wheels can be used. No

Rider

Hometown

Team

Machine

cc

CL

1

Mark Biswell

Aylesbury

Bizzle Bikesport

Triumph

955

SBK

3

Ed Godfrey

Westerham

The Mystic Five

Suzuki

750

SBK

5

Jamie Pearson

Alvaston

TWP Racing

Yamaha

1000

GP1C

16

Craig Jeff

Barnsley

2 Jeffs Racing

Yamaha

1000

GP1C

19

Paul Stonebanks

New Romney

Tagg Racing

Yamaha

1000

GP1C

20

Andy Challis

Peterborough

Team CT Racing

Suzuki

750

SBK

31

Mateasz Dankowski

Crewe

MD Racing

Kawasaki

750

SBK

34

James Cottrell

Fareham

RNRMRRT

Suzuki

750

GP1C

35

Shane Pearson

Borrowash

TWP Racing

Yamaha

1000

GP1C

37

Vince Carlton

Market Rasen

Moto46 / VCR

Suzuki

1000

GP1C

40

Michael Gover

Southampton

TH Racing

Yamaha

1000

GP1C

41

Adrian Ottewell

Derby

AJ Plumbing

Suzuki

750

GP1C

48

Aaron Collins

Milton Keynes

Precision Racing

BMW

1000

FM

49

Kevin Howdle

Cannock

Alpha Hair Academy

Honda

1000

GP1C

55

Kirt Powell

Spalding

Powell Racing

Kawasaki

1000

FM

57

Ryan Strafford

Mirfield

Strafford Racing

Honda

1000

SBK

64

Gary Haswell

Sunderland

GH Racing

Kawasaki

1000

FM

65

Andrew Meachen

Barnsley

RS Racing

Honda

1000

SBK

71

Ritchie Thornton

Surbiton

Team 71

Kawasaki

750

SBK

89

Chris Ganley

Clevedon

G-Rex Racing

Yamaha

1000

FM

95

Jordan Watling

Mexborough

JWR

Kawasaki

750

SBK

114

Jon Wright

Shrewsbury

Jon Wright Racing

Suzuki

750

GP1C

121

Martin Stanier

Stoke

MS Racing

Yamaha

1000

GP1C

221

Ryan Leadbitter

Ash

Rideworx TDM Racing

BMW

1000

FM

333

Jack Yorke

Leicester

Hilltop Motorcycles

Yamaha

1000

GP1C

775

Robert Smith

Reading

RJS Racing

BMW

1000

FM

Golden Era Superbike Points 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Ritchie Thornton Ryan Strafford Mark Biswell Andy Challis Jordan Watling Jason Dixon Andy Meachen Kieran Smith Andrew Windsor

Andrew Barling

529 491 325 308 189 149 138 110 79 79

Thundersport GP1 C Points 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Shane Pearson Jon Wright Martin Stanier Michael Gover Ben Webster Brad Davey Jack Yorke Ross Dunning Vince Carlton Steve Brittain

515 333 314 249 211 185 149 138 84 80

Thundersport GP1 FM Points 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Robert Smith Ryan Leadbitter Kirt Powell Roman Grendal Chris Ganley Sam Cartwright Luca Licheri Donatas Balciunas Nikolai Lakovic Steve Bryson

470 387 246 164 107 88 81 72 35 13


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The Thundersport 500 and Thundersport 500 Seniors championships are the absolute cheapest possible way to go road racing on this planet. A whole race package can be picked up for less than the price of a top of the range helmet & gloves. That said, the racing is hard and close - bordering on the frantic at times. The talent of a racer needn’t be judged by the value of the bike he/she happens to be sitting on, some of the most gifted riders in the country ride these humble parallel twins. The predominant choice of bike here is the Honda CB500, but once you’ve watched a couple of these races you’ll never look at one of these staid commuter bikes in quite the same way again. The 500 Seniors championship caters for riders of 40 years of age or older on 1st March of any given racing season. Some of these lads are fulfilling a long term ambition to race that they simply didn’t have the resources to satisfy when they were younger. When you see the level of skill displayed by some of them, you have to think that they could have made a pretty good living at it if circumstances had been different. No 8 11 17 18 21 22 27 34 38 49 54 55 60 65 66 68 71 72 73 74 75 87 92 97 111 112 116 117 121 122 129 133 135 167 191 194 222

Rider Chris Bramley Mark Leaning Angus Gough Richie Connole James Lee Martin Campion John O'Toole Adrian Teasdale Mick Marshall Steve Waring Brett Haley James Wilmot Liam Kirk Jeff Dobson Chris Jones Clive Mindham Roddy Taylor Bobby Campbell Daniel Swift Keith Potter Garry Leivers Jodie Chalk Gary Cutts Lee Howarth Paul Anyon Preston Cooper George Williams George Davies Josh Leaning Paul Leonard Neil Attenborough John Wilson Tim Hawkins Chris Cooper Graeme Frear Jordan Ashington Peter Bardell

Hometown Nottingham Winterton St Neots Scotton Stockton Hucknall Derby Carlisle Rawmarsh Chester Halifax Macclesfield Doncaster Warrington Wakefield Kettering Aldershot Coningsby Rotherham Alexandria Derby Rosyth Mansfield Westbourne Neston Leeds St Neots Shirley Scunthorpe Nantwich Derby Sheffield Minehead Rawmarsh Winterton Bradford Shefford

Team Bramley Racing Leaning Racing G Fab Racing JLR Fibrelyte Honda Campion Racing Clip'n Climb Racing Van-Glass.co.uk Rare Fast Racing R-Kid Racing Brett Haley (Wood) Racing James Wilmot Racing Team Kirk racing JD Racing Jones Racing Fermac Racing Taylor Racing RAF MSA Danny Swift Racing Potter Racing Leivers Racing Chalky Moto GC Racing RNRMRRT Dee Banks Unique School Coop's Racing GW Racing Crazy Painter Racing Leaning Racing PL Racing Nang Racing Machado Racing Hawkins Racing Motoz Racing Frears Wheels Jordz Racing RP Motorsport

Machine Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda

cc 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Elite 500 Points

Peter Bardell Josh Leaning Will Leaning Graeme Frear Daniel Otter John O’Toole Angus Gough James Lee Alan Tanton Adrian Teasdale

Seniors 500 Points

Adrian Teasdale Alan Tanton John Bolsover Roddy Taylor Martin Campion Clive Mindham Brett Haley John Wilson Richie Connole Mark Leaning

498 314 268 245 196 181 164 139 136 136 386 357 325 247 201 176 160 137 118 114

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GOLDEN ERA MANIC - SUPERSPORTS OF THE 90s WHEN TRACTION CONTROL WAS ALL IN THE WRIST ACTION! As with the corresponding Superbike class, some of the most memorable race action came from a time before the electronics geeks interferred with the direct relationship between the twist grip and the throttle slides. The term “Mad Axe-Murderers” was actually coined by James Whitham when he did a couple of Wild Card rides in the World Supersport Championship and watching it from trackside you simply couldn’t argue the accuracy of that label. If Ghengis Khan rode a motorcycle it would have been an R6 or ZX6RR from this era (he might have struggled getting his helmet through Technical Control, but who’s going to argue with him?). Golden Era Supersport is our version of this classic era of motorcycle racing, before traction control took over from pure fearless determination. These classes are not Pre-Injection or Pre-2000, they are tailored to the bikes that actually raced in that iconic era. The technical regulations allow all and any modifications that were used in period and ban anything that wasn’t around or allowed at the time. Tyres are any make, any pattern, any type - as long as they have a road legal designation. Full wets are permitted only when a Wet Race has been declared. GOLDEN ERA STEELSPORT Since we started running the Golden Era Supersport class, many riders asked us about creating a parrallel series for the Steel-Framed bikes of a similar period and that now forms the basis for Golden Era Steelsport. No

Rider

Hometown

Team

1

Mark Biswell

Aylesbury

3

Adrian Bridges

4

Golden Era Supersport Points

Machine

cc

CL

Bizzle Bikesport

Honda

600

SF

Solihull

Sparklight Racing

Yamaha

600

SS

Richard Harrison

Cleasby

RAP Racing/P&C Pavers

Yamaha

600

SS

7

Dave Grace

Derby

Smartfits UK

Yamaha

600

SS

14

Brad Davey

Abingdon

Motovation

Ducati

748

SF

15

John Jay

Bristol

Team Langoustine

Kawasaki

600

SS

16

Luke MacRae

Billingshurst

MacRae Racing

Yamaha

600

SS

17

Dave Jeff

Barnsley

2 Jeffs Racing

Yamaha

600

SS

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

31

Steve Chadwick

Milnthorpe

SC Racing

Yamaha

600

SS

Golden Era Steelsport Points

43

Rob Vickerman

Willerby

Airtech Racing / RAF

Yamaha

600

SS

50

Robert Tucker

Radstock

Sparklight Racing

Yamaha

600

SS

51

Paul Debnam

Wellingborough

Maverick Racing

Yamaha

600

SF

53

Rob Mawbey

Allestree

Racing Lines Tyres

Yamaha

600

SS

57

Alan Curtis

Helston

RNRMRRT

Honda

600

SS

65

David Langley

Dereham

RAF MSA / Ashtons

Honda

600

SF

71

Damian Davies

Liverpool

AS Racing

Kawasaki

600

SS

74

Nick Turner

Kettering

Fermac Racing

Honda

600

SF

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

87

Carl Vickers

Crossford

CV Racing

Yamaha

600

SS

95

David White

Barnstaple

Royal Navy Motorsport

Yamaha

600

SS

97

David Williams

Louth

Boz Racing

Honda

600

SS

114

Jon Wright

Shrewsbury

Jon Wright Racing

Honda

600

SF

315

Ashley Thompson

Market Rasen

Moto46

Yamaha

600

SS

Rob Goodall Luke MacRae Richie Harrison Andy Scanlon Rob Mawbey Adam Darnell Oliver MacRae Rob Vickerman Chris Hellewell Adrian Bridges Jon Wright Dave Langley Brad Davey Nick Turner Ian Evans Mark Biswell Robert Dodd Julian Ligouri Adam Charlesworth Paul Debnam

379 352 328 242 189 160 156 128 114 110 517 466 293 267 196 192 68 52 46 42

CLASS LAP RECORDS Supersport = 1.11.051 Chris Hellewell Steelsport - 1.13.161 Mark Biswell


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17TH FEBRUARY

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3RD MARCH

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SUNDAY

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SUNDAY

DONINGTON PARK (GP)

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1ST MAY

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KING OF THE MOUNTAIN

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29TH MAY

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KING OF THE MOUNTAIN

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TESTING

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25TH JUNE

MALLORY PARK

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FRIDAY

28TH JULY

ROCKINGHAM (INT)

TESTING

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ROCKINGHAM (INT)

THUNDER AT THE ROCK

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THUNDER AT THE ROCK

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30TH JULY

SATURDAY 26TH AUGUST

ANGLESEY COASTAL

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27TH AUGUST

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28TH AUGUST

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FRIDAY

22ND SEPTEMBER OULTON PARK

TESTING /QUALIFYING

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20TH OCTOBER

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It’s fun, having fun and getting the job done! Since 2011 I have undertaken quite a lot of the training duties for our National Governing Body – which doesn’t mean that I’m not still a maverick by the way – including training of Clerks of the Course, Chief Technical Officers and Senior Marshals. The most important thing that I repeat over and over again is the importance of fulfilling your Duty of Care towards everyone involved with the event. It’s a fairly mundane part of the seminars, but it leads into a whole section on team-work that is actually the crux of the lesson. I strongly believe that working as a team is vital to any sporting success. In the same way that no single individual can make any club or organisation successful on their own, no rider can realise their full potential without the help and support of those around them. Sure, a skilful and talented rider can pull results out of the bag on an uncompetitive machine that it really Storming Norman had a new assistant at Rockingham shouldn’t be able to achieve, but that still falls well below what the same rider would be capable of if the bike and team were tailored around his/her needs. That is exactly the same as anyone working on the organisational side. Individually we can all do very well, but we only ever reach the level of being truly excellent when we are all working in harmony together. People who are new to our meetings often compliment us on slick, professionally run events and seem to assume that it is down to some secret system that we operate. Well, there is no secret at all, it’s purely down to having a great group of willing volunteers who are genuinely interested in ensuring that everyone else enjoys the events as much as they do themselves. Just look around and see them smiling at any stage of the events, that isn’t put on, it’s a genuine expression of their real enjoyment of these weekends. One of the other things that I try to impress upon anyone who comes to any of the seminars, is that if you are the first point of contact between a new rider and the organisation, you are very much like the hotel receptionist. First impressions last and if that impression is of someone who is happy in their role and willing to help out, everything else becomes much easier from there on in. We are lucky enough to have a sizeable pool of experienced people who can all take on senior team leading roles in many areas. In certain organisations that could create problems as a lot of people want “to be in charge” of their own area. Our set up avoids those kinds of conflict by actively recognising the skills and value to the whole organisation of everybody involved. We don’t actually have much of a hierarchy and everyone is equally valued from young Dylan who runs the results back and forth to the commentators, Dan & Natalie who are instrumental to getting the event equipment set up each morning, Stuart & Rodger together with their Technical Control gang right through to the people who the riders have most interaction with – Bernadette, Joanne & Samantha in the administration office. Dave, Mark and the startline crew have the dubious responsibility of firing the gun to get the races underway and that is when all of the course sectors come into play. Our trackside team is the best I have ever worked with in 23 years of race organisation and a lot of the credit for that goes to John & Angie for their constant efforts to distribute our very experienced band of marshals in the most effective way possible. Ultimately the safety of the riders is in the hands of the orange army from the moment Norman & Margaret open the assembly area gate until the last bike is securely off circuit in the Parc Ferme, so their contribution should never be underestimated. Oh yeah, Parc Ferme..... that’s where the poor riders are in the most danger – from Syds latest choice of music (something even Janet cannot control)! Phil, Joanne and Kyle generally do the running around on the Race Control side and that means that I can relax & put my feet up in the shade in the secure knowledge that they have everything under control.

Having the right volunteers is priceless

Dave

Dave, Mark & Yorkie (The Dream Team)

COME & JOIN THE A-TEAM!

The sense of achievement at the end of a busy weekend is on a par with that experienced by even the most ardent adrenaline-junky rider. If you’d like to find out more about becoming part of the team, just contact our Chief Marshal - John Pedersen (thundersportchiefmarshal@gmail.com) or our Chief Technical Officer - Stuart Bailey (Stubailey71@btinternet.com) by using the link on the Marshals & Officials page of www.thundersportgb.com or leave your details in the Paddock Office and we will contact you. You won’t regret it and it could change your life.


ON DAYS LIKE THESE... THE DONINGTON 500 EXPERIENCE

For those of you who were lucky enough to be at Donington Park on 13th August for the Donington 500, we would like to thank you for being a part of something really special. Was it perfect? No it wasn’t, but it was the best endurance event I have seen in the past 20 years and that includes riding in & organising pretty much every level of the discipline from Clubmans to World Championship meetings. The atmosphere was simply awesome. The trackday oriented “TagEndurance” format has made a lot of us dismiss this section of the sport as something that isn’t actually racing at all, but that view shouldn’t be applied to real endurance racing. The art of getting a group

of people together with the sole aim of getting a single motorcycle to the finish of a gruelling distance race in the least possible time (or getting the most mileage in a set time period) opens racing up to the thinkers amongst us. Minimising the time spent in the pitlane is one key aspect, but it is far from a straight line equation. If a pit stop takes 85 seconds from pit in to pit out, you have to work out what that adds to your average lap time in order to get a “session time/ speed” for each rider. In theory, the less stops you make, the more efficient your session time will be, but there are variables. At Donington Park an average lap time for a mid-field team was around 84 seconds, so if you could

do the race distance on two stops rather than three, you gained a whole lap. Any team racing against you would have to be lapping almost a second a lap faster than you in order to get back on terms. Getting the fuel in, ensuring that you started with new brake pads and managing the fuel consumption are all key to getting the best possible result. A three hour race doesn’t really highlight those strategy differences quite so much as a longer race, but you only have to look at the result to see that the winning “Clip n Climb Racing” team only took two stops, whereas the fastest lap was set by the “Duktastic Team” who took a massive 7 stops and finished in 6th position – 5 laps down. I once worked with an International


The “Clip n Climb” Racing Team were victorious Endurance team manager who worked out every tiny detail of a race strategy, to the extent that we even had to run gearing a tooth longer than we wanted because he had worked out that it was more efficient. Basically it meant we changed gear 2 times less per lap, which cost us an average of 0.08 seconds per lap (on a two minute lap) but the extra fuel efficiency meant that we could do the full 24 hours on just 17 stops instead of the normal 18 stops. This represented a net gain of 65.2 seconds and in his mind was a no brainer. It was also easier on the gearbox apparently, but I still managed to break it....... So, how deeply do you want to think

about next years event then? The atmosphere in pit lane was fantastic, with teams helping each other out with repairs as crashed bikes were brought in. The Royal Navy, Royal Marines team had

intense right throughout the field. We also had the Cool-Fab GP50 & GP70 racers with us and these 9-12 year olds showed that they were serious about their racing too. The ACU graciously gave us a dispensation to run these youngsters on their 12 inch rimmed mini bikes to give them their first taste of racing on a full sized circuit. It was a resounding success and the racing was absolutely cracking. We will soon be seeing some of these riders in the Superteen series on their way to having a genuine chance at a Grand Prix career. Some of our own Superteens took part in the 21st Century Challenge races and this gave a lot of the GP50 & GP70 riders their first look at their next step on the racing ladder.

The GP50 & GP70 Riders meant business too three teams running and in a bizarre twist, their main helpers were the British Army Road Race Team members, who are usually their fiercest rivals. It was just that kind of event and you had to be there to fully appreciate it. Of course, normal service was resumed in the rivalry stakes once the GB Racing British Military sprint races came to the grid for their trio of 8 lap encounters. All three teams managed to field 11 rider teams and with every position being a points scoring place, the battles were

Having not organised a one day event for many, many years, I found the whole relaxed environment was a breath of fresh air and it counted as a huge success in showing that racing is attainable and affordable to the ordinary working man. The number of positive comments and genuinely interested contacts we made were simply amazing. Sometimes, less is more.


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