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THUNDERSPORT GB

CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016 Rounds 1 & 2 5th & 6th March 2016

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SATURDAY 5TH MARCH 9.00am: 15 minutes Qualifying RST Aprilia Challenge

THUNDERSPORT GB RACE DAY TIMETABLES

9.19am: 15 minutes Qualifying Crank Racing Thundersport 500 9.38am: 15 minutes Qualifying A& R Racing Pre-National & Selco Freshman 600 9.57am: 15 minutes Qualifying Avon Tyres Supertwins & HMT Racing Stocktwins 10.16am: 15 minutes Qualifying Sparklight Golden Era Supersport & Steelsport 10.35am: 15 minutes Qualifying GB Racing 600 Sportsman & Elite 10.54am: 15 minutes Qualifying Dymag Golden Era Superbikes & Freshman GP1 11.13am: 15 minutes Qualifying Monex Europe Thundersport GP1 & Sportsman RACE 1 - 12 Laps - (11.35am) Crank Racing Thundersport 500 (A&B) RACE 2 - 12 Laps - (11.55am) RST Aprilia Challenge RACE 3 - 12 Laps - (12.15pm) A& R Racing Pre-National & Selco Freshman 600 RACE 4 - 12 Laps - (12.35pm) Avon Tyres Supertwins & HMT Racing Stocktwins RACE 5 - 12 Laps - (12.55pm) Sparklight Golden Era Supersport & Steelsport Lunch Break RACE 6 - 12 Laps - (1.50pm) Crank Racing Thundersport 500 (A&C) RACE 7 - 16 Laps - (2.05pm) GB Racing 600 Sportsman & Elite RACE 8 - 12 Laps - (2.30pm) Dymag Golden Era Superbikes & Freshman GP1 RACE 9 - 16 Laps - (2.50pm) Monex Europe Thundersport GP1 & Sportsman RACE 10 - 12 Laps - (3.10pm) RST Aprilia Challenge RACE 11 - 12 Laps - (3.30pm) A& R Racing Pre-National & Selco Freshman 600 RACE 12 - 12 Laps - (3.50pm) Avon Tyres Supertwins & HMT Racing Stocktwins RACE 13 - 12 Laps - (4.10pm) Sparklight Golden Era Supersport & Steelsport RACE 14 - 12 Laps - (4.30pm) Crank Racing Thundersport 500 (B&C) RACE 15 - 12 Laps - (4.50pm) Dymag Golden Era Superbikes & Freshman GP1 RACE 16 - 12 Laps - (5.10pm) GB Racing British Military Inter Services

PICTURES:- FRONT COVER & ABOVE JACKS SNAPS


SUNDAY 6TH MARCH 10.00am: 10 minutes Warm Up RST Aprilia Challenge 10.13am: 10 minutes Warm Up Crank Racing Thundersport 500 10.26am: 10 minutes Warm Up Pre- National 600 & Golden Era Supersport 10.39am: 10 minutes Warm Up Golden Era Superbike & Thundersport GP1 (evens) 10.52am: 10 minutes Warm Up Sportsman Elite 600 & Thundersport GP1 (odds) 11.04am: 10 minutes Warm Up Supertwins / Stocktwins & Extras RACE 1 - 12 Laps - (11.20am) Crank Racing Thundersport 500 (A&B) RACE 2 - 12 Laps - (11.40am) RST Aprilia Challenge RACE 3 - 12 Laps - (12.00pm) A& R Racing Pre-National & Selco Freshman 600 RACE 4 - 12 Laps - (12.20pm) Avon Tyres Supertwins & HMT Racing Stocktwins RACE 5 - 16 Laps - (12.40pm) GB Racing 600 Sportsman & Elite RACE 6 - 12 Laps - (1.00pm) Sparklight Golden Era Supersport & Steelsport Lunch Break RACE 7 - 16 Laps - (1.55pm) Monex Europe Thundersport GP1 & Sportsman RACE 8 - 12 Laps - (2.15pm) Dymag Golden Era Superbikes & Freshman GP1 RACE 9 - 12 Laps - (2.35pm) Crank Racing Thundersport 500 (A&C) RACE 10 - 12 Laps - (2.55pm) RST Aprilia Challenge RACE 11 - 12 Laps - (3.15pm) A& R Racing Pre-National & Selco Freshman 600 RACE 12 - 12 Laps - (3.35pm) Avon Tyres Supertwins & HMT Racing Stocktwins RACE 13 - 16 Laps - (3.55pm) GB Racing 600 Sportsman & Elite RACE 14 - 12 Laps - (4.15pm) Sparklight Golden Era Supersport & Steelsport RACE 15 - 16 Laps - (4.35pm) Monex Europe Thundersport GP1 & Sportsman RACE 16 - 12 Laps - (4.55pm) Dymag Golden Era Superbikes & Freshman GP1 RACE 17 - 12 Laps - (5.15pm) Crank Racing Thundersport 500 (B&C)


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. 005 ACU Permit No. ACU 46175 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

BRANDS HATCH INDY CIRCUIT MAP

WESTFIELD DINGLE DELL

HAWTHORNS

HAWTHORN HILL

DRUIDS

PILGRIMS D

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

SOUTHBANK HAILWOODS HILL

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COOPER STRA C GRAHAM HILL

RED FLAG - The race or practice session is stopped. Riders must return LOWERPADDOCK 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.

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OHEQUERED FLAG - Indicates the end of the race or practice session

PADDOCK ENTRANCE

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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CLERK OF THE COURSE Dave Stewart

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

RACE SECRETARY Bernadette Stewart

SHEENE CURVE

ASSISTANT RACE SECRETARY Janet Day

CHIEF TECHNICAL STEWARDS

CHIEF MARSHAL John Pedersen

CHIEF INCIDENT OFFICER Mark Lumb

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SOUND CONTROL

CLEAR WA WA WAYS AYS YS

Rodger Wadey (Senior) McLLAREN McAREN

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DEPUTY CLERK OF THE COURSE Paul Matthews

STARTLINE OFFICIALS SURTEES RTEES

AIGHT AIGH PADDOCK PADDOCK

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MAIN ENTRANCE

CLARK CURVE CL

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OFFICIALS & ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Stuart Bailey (Chief) Phil Page (Eligibility) Judith Richardson (Admin)

STIRLINGS

Dave Richardson (Chief) Mark Lumb (Deputy)

RACE CONTROL

Angie Matthews - Joanne Page

ASSEMBLY AREA

Norman Lowes Margaret Lowes - Rosey Ferguson

RECOVERY TEAM

Dan & Natalie Wesley Keith Goldsmith / Paul Atkins

ACU STEWARD John Ward

TIMEKEEPERS TSL Timing

CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICERS

Ellen Rawlinson Steve Goodyear Richard Turk / Eyaton Vaughan-Huxley

AMBULANCE SERVICE St Johns Ambulance

COMMENTATORS

Robin Murphy - John Ward

CIRCUIT MANAGER

Mike Groves (01474 875285)


MAVERICK TENDENCY! Sometimes it’s an advantage if everyone thinks you’re a bit prone to taking the more difficult path to get to the right solution. It also helps if you also have a track record of making that more difficult path work better than anything else on the market at the same time. It’s called a “Maverick Tendency” and it’s a term that I’ve become fairly used to hearing about myself over the past 20 years or so. We set the Thundersport GB Championship up to be something slightly different and we have not been afraid to go our own way with pretty much every aspect of organising our events. Some of those differences can be easy to see and others more difficult. Some of our innovations are difficult to spot because as soon as something becomes very obviously successful, others jump on the bandwagon and copy/ imitate those things pretty quickly. Our introduction of internet radio channels to assist riders and supporters was copied within weeks of its introduction a couple of years ago and that aspect of event management has now become

pretty much standard practice. There are loads of other things in the same bracket, but none of them actually matter much in the great scheme of things as it all goes towards improving the whole sector of the sport that is road racing. We keep innovating, others keep copying, it’s just the way of the world and we really don’t mind. One thing that is new for 2016 with Thundersport GB that will be extremely difficult to recreate elsewhere is the intense level of interest and input being generated by the major tyre manufacturers. We have for many years resisted the advances of various tyre brands who each wanted to obtain a dominant position within our paddock. We could have simply chosen one brand and cashed in, but that’s not the maverick style. We wanted as much manufacturer backed competition as possible in order to give the widest possible range of technical support available to all of our riders. Sure, we do have control classes, but those are classes where the machine is one make too. The scenario is completely different and riders that

are attracted to those classes aren’t looking for wide parameters of choice as those are available in our other categories. I was told that it would be impossible to get any of the major manufacturers to officially put their names to open competition as they would all be afraid of losing. Well, for 2016 we have four of the major brands who have demonstrated that they have faith in their products and are not afraid of any competition. This is the best official tyre manufacturer involvement anywhere. It should be a fascinating season on this front, particularly in the Monex Europe Thundersport GP1 Elite and GB Racing Thundersport 600 Elite classes. Dunlop have long been acknowledged as the benchmark tyre in both classes, although the latest Pirelli product is now very close. The acid test has always been that when riders enter into a non-control environment, they more often than not opt for the Dunlop rubber, even if they have been racing on something else all season. Dunlop would have to be


considered to be in pole position in the early season clashes, but they’ll have to work very hard to stay there. Technical support from former GP and WSB chief tyre technician Mark Sears is aimed at making sure they aren’t caught napping. Avon have been busy developing a new Supersport tyre that in testing has been able to match lap times from the best of the other brands with a consistency that has even Steve Smith (Sales & Marketing Manager) rubbing his hands in anticipation. After a year developing the product on Supertwins – in which they claimed championship victory at the first attempt – technical guru Ashley Vowles has the track record to do the job. Continental have the superb Conti Race Attack tyre which they have diligently worked at improving and developing over the past two seasons. Having spoken to

several very adept riders who have tried them, I think they may be even closer to the outright pace of the Dunlops than even the Pirelli is right now. Full technical support here comes from Graham Matchams who has steadily refined the data and now has a very good setting for any conditions. Michelin is the dark horse here. Nobody doubts the technical ability of this global brand, but in the past the emphasis seems to have been on tyres that had a very high level of grip, but somehow suffered from a lack of feedback. The best riders in the world rated the product, but mere mortals could not work within such a narrow window of operating temperatures. Michelin have brought a completely new product to the table this year and Thundersport GB is their main focus of attention in the UK. Pre-season testing saw their riders setting lap times that were below the current lap

record around the Donington Park National circuit where the air temperature was only 4 degrees all day. The new Moto-GP supplier had four very confident looking senior personnel watching from pit wall. It looks very much as though all four brands have something in the locker and the battle is sure to be intense. This is significant because the tyre market within the Thundersport GB paddock is worth around £1,200,000.- per season and is actually significant in terms of overall UK sports tyre sales to all of the brands. The Maverick Tendency here was for us to resist a single brand advantage in order to keep the competition vibrant and now it seems that the manufacturers want that too. They all know that the riders will see which brand is dominating the podium and head straight to the tyre truck to buy that brand. Win on Sunday – Sell on Monday!


CRANK RACING

THUNDERSPORT 500 & 500 SENIORS

No 1 2 5 7 8 9 11 14 17 18 19 20 21 26 27 29 33 38 40 41 46 49 51 54 57 67 68 70 75 76 77 80 81 82 84 87 90 93 94 97 101 106 108 111 116 117 121 149 158 167 172 177 179 185 222 321

Rider Joe Barton Elliott Humphrey Matthew Ratcliffe Dave Grace Harley Smith Dean Armstrong Mark Leaning Ben Coyle Dave Moss Chris Bramley Kev Burton Dave Beswick James Lee Matthew Poncia John O'Toole Robert Carver Daniel Taylor Mick Marshall Rob Aimable Craig Cameron Chris Satchwell Steve Waring Olly Kelly Lara Small Chris Poncia Mark Robinson Clive Mindham Matthew Snow Nick Turner Ed Flower Liam Clements James Pickford Owen Graves Lewis Osler Andrew Manchester Jodie Chalk Glen Stewart Anthony Seasman Joe Miller Lee Howarth Colin Mooney Thomas Hudson James Butcher Paul Anyon George Williams George Davies Josh Leaning Andy Whale Nathan Owen Chris Cooper Dave Schofield Gary Wilson Connor Irwin Jamie Hudson Peter Bardell Ryan Vickers

THUNDERSPORT 500 WHERE THE RIDER COUNTS!

Hometown Wakefield Scunthorpe Shaftesbury Michelover Driffield Seaham Scunthorpe Aintree Deeside Nottingham Thetford Derby Stockton Attleborough Derby Barnsley Mexborough Rawmarsh Dover Stoke on Trent Harpenden Chester Farnborough Derby Attleborough Pontefract Kettering Brigg Kettering Market Harborough Stoke on Trent Huddersfield Hull Wakefield Warlingham Glenrothes Braddan IOM Liverpool Hull Westbourne Stockton Sheffield Brentwood Neston St Neots Shirley Scunthorpe Birmingham Newport Rawmarsh Barnsley Rawmarsh Edinburgh Sheffield Campton Thetford

Team Machine HB Motorcycles Honda Rat Out Racing Honda Ratcliffe Racing Honda Grace Brothers Honda British Army Race Team Honda Armstrong Racing Honda Old Man Racing Honda Ben Coyle Racing Honda JCM Racing Honda JBM Racing Honda K.Racersshed Honda DB Racing Honda One Way Round Racing Honda Poncia Brothers Racing Honda Campbells Racing Honda CJ Accessories Honda Rare Fast Racing Honda Rare Fast Racing Honda RA Racing Honda CMC Motorcycles Honda Satchwell Racing Honda R-Kid Racing Honda OK Racing Honda Via Moto Honda C/field Honda Poncia Brothers Racing Honda Robinson Racing Honda Fermac Racing Honda Rat Out Racing Honda Fermac Racing Honda Bill & Ben Racing Honda LC Racing Honda JP Racing Honda Graves Road Racing Honda Osler Racing Honda DMP Performance M/C Honda Chalky Moto Honda Blackstone Racing Honda Ben Coyle Racing/RAFMSA Honda M-Tec Racing Honda Royal Marines Motorsport Honda Triple "S" Honda / KLM Honda Hudson Racing Honda Triple Js Racing Honda Dee Banks Unique School Honda GW Racing Honda GD Racing Honda Leaning Racing Honda Whale Racing Honda Nathan Owen Racing Honda Team Motoz Racing Honda Schofield Racing Honda Team Motoz Racing Honda C I Racing Honda JH Racing Honda Bardell Racing Honda Satchwell Racing Honda

cc CL 500 T 500 T 500 T 500 T 500 T 500 T 500 S 500 T 500 S 500 F 500 S 500 S 500 T 500 T 500 T 500 F 500 T 500 S 500 F 500 S 500 S 500 F 500 T 500 T 500 T 500 S 500 S 500 T 500 S 500 T 500 F 500 T 500 T 500 T 500 FS 500 T 500 F 500 F 500 T 500 T 500 S 500 F 500 T 500 FS 500 F 500 F 500 T 500 T 500 T 500 S 500 S 500 T 500 F 500 T 500 T 500 T

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THE BIGGEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK! 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. 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. Kawasaki ER5s and Suzuki GS500s are also eligible, but the rules are so tightly controlled that in order to get anything other than a Honda onto the podium requires a superhuman effort. 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. We also include a Freshman Championship for newcomers to racing and these are identified by an “F” on the grid listing and by their bright orange novice bibs on track. Dunlop Alpha 13 control tyres keep it all even in the rubber department so the rider at the front is truly there on merit. If you’ve always wanted to have a go at racing, but either thought you couldn’t afford it, or you had left it too late - go and have a chat with some of the 500 competitors this weekend. CLASS LAP RECORD 54.267 - Adam Shelton


SOMETIMES.... ...LESS IS MORE!

THE APRILIA RRV450 - A MACHINE THAT SPANS THE AGES!

The APRILIA RRV450GP machine is without doubt one of the most desirable racing motorcycles in the world. It combines the very best Italian styling with British innovation in one beautiful package. Given the choice between a bland commuter machine that merely has body styling to ape its more exotic stablemates and something that is designed from the ground up to race, there really is no contest. NEW for 2016, IN Competition have created a race kit that turns the Full Power RRV450GP into a 32bhp restricted variant that is suitable for 13 year olds to learn the craft of road racing on. The Aprilia RRV450R is a 50% power version of this already proven machine, designed to compete in the World renowned Aprilia Superteen Challenge - the Worlds longest running one make series. Once the rider is ready to move on to a full power version, there is no need to sell up and start again, as IN Competition include the “Power Up” service in the original price of the machine. A few hours in the IN Competition workshop and the RRV450R becomes a full power RRV450GP ready for the next step on the racing career ladder. APRILIA RRV450GP - (Full Power)

Engine - 449.5cc liquid cooled V-twin 4-stroke Gearbox - 5 speed with separate oil supply Frame - Steel & Aluminium composite Swing Arm - Box section aluminium with bracing Exhaust - Stainless steel headers with Arrow silencer Front Forks - 40mm upside down with billet yokes Rear Shock - Maxton bespoke monoshock Front Brake - 320mm floating disc with 4 piston brembo Rear Brake - 220mm fixed disc Front Wheel - 3.50 x 17 Marchesini Racing Lightweight Rear Wheel - 5.50 x 17 Marchesini Racing Lightweight Tyres - Dunlop Alpha 13 Lightweight Race Weight - 125 kg half wet Max Revs - 11,400 RPM Power - 64bhp at rear wheel

APRILIA RRV450R - (Junior Restricted)

Engine - 449.5cc liquid cooled V-twin 4-stroke Gearbox - 5 speed with separate oil supply Frame - Steel & Aluminium composite Swing Arm - Box section aluminium with bracing Exhaust - Stainless steel headers with Arrow silencer Front Forks - 40mm upside down with billet yokes Rear Shock - Maxton bespoke monoshock Front Brake - 320mm floating disc with 4 piston brembo Rear Brake - 220mm fixed disc Front Wheel - 3.50 x 17 Marchesini Racing Lightweight Rear Wheel - 5.50 x 17 Marchesini Racing Lightweight Tyres - Dunlop Alpha 13 Lightweight Race Weight - 125 kg half wet Max Revs - 9,000 RPM Power - 32bhp at rear wheel

KEEPING IT STUNNINGLY SIMPLE

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RST APRILIA CHALLENGE RRV450GP & RS125 SUPERTEENS

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DON’T BRING A KNIFE TO A GUNFIGHT!

THE CHAMPIONS FACTORY INNOVATION IN ACTION No

Rider

Hometown

Team

Machine

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William Caines

Shirley

Fire System Services

Aprilia

450

GP

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Kasey Wyatt

Beckenham

Team Edge RST Racing

Aprilia

450

GP

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Connor Thomson

Horley

CRT Racing

Aprilia

450

ST

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Alex Taylor

Southwater

Scott Racing M/cycles

Aprilia

450

GP

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Jake Clark

Bromsgrove

Jake Clark Racing

Aprilia

125

ST

14

Will Hodgson

Wigan

Ron Hodgson Cars

Aprilia

450

GP

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Jodie Fieldhouse

Worle

Go Pink Racing

Aprilia

125

ST

22

Zak Corderoy

Blewbury

Zak C Racing

Aprilia

450

GP

24

Max Lofthouse

Burnley

Lofty Racing

Aprilia

125

ST

26

Alex Wood

Shiptonthorpe

Rimmer Racing

Aprilia

450

GP

33

Liam Oakey

Blackpool

Blackpool Moyer

Aprilia

125

ST

39

Connor Sellors

Nantwich

KJD Racing

Aprilia

450

GP

48

Harry Phillips

Leicester

Dirty Harry Racing

Aprilia

450

GP

50

Aditya Behal

Maidenhead

Titan Racing

Aprilia

125

ST

54

Sam Cox

Maldon

RSR Motorsport

Aprilia

450

GP

55

Jack Scott

Luton

JJ Racing

Aprilia

125

ST

58

Trystan Finocchiaro

Redditch

Transmec Group

Aprilia

450

GP

64

Danny Booth

Preston

Kid Racing

Aprilia

450

GP

66

Rhys Irwin

Letterkenny ROI

Scott Racing M/cycles

Aprilia

450

ST

67

Jamie LeMasurier

Keston

Team Mazza

Aprilia

125

ST

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Caolan Irwin

Donegal

Scott Racing M/cycles

Aprilia

450

GP

73

Cameron Tenzing-Jenkins Callander

JDF Racing

Aprilia

450

GP

76

Luke Verwey

Silverstone

Team XG Group

Aprilia

125

ST

77

Kade Verwey

Silverstone

Team XG Group

Aprilia

450

ST

78

Matthew Bower

Sheffield

M D Racing

Aprilia

125

ST

88

Harry Leigh

Hathern

KJD Racing

Aprilia

125

ST

93

Matty Rangeley

Hull

Humberside Excavations

Aprilia

450

GP

94

Ross Simpson

Chessington

JDF Racing

Aprilia

450

GP

96

Conor Wheeler

Hatfield

JDF Racing

Aprilia

450

GP

97

Laurence Edgeley

Bolney

Team Edge RST Racing

Aprilia

450

GP

148 Karl Horton

Caerphilly

Horton Racing

Aprilia

450

GP

196 Jack Tynan

Reading

Tynan Dot Co Racing

Aprilia

450

GP

Not unless it’s as sharp as a razor - and these RRV450s are exactly that. Ask any of the Supertwins frontrunners and they’ll tell you that if you leave a gap even as small as a front tyre going into any corner, you’ll find a whole Aprilia RRV shoved into it well before the apex of the turn! When Aprilia created the SXV450 with its advanced composite frame and super-stiff swingarm, they couldn’t possibly have known that they were inadvertantly producing the basis for one of the very best middleweight sportsbikes in the world. It is often the case that when a bike of this kind is created with the sole purpose of winning races, it ends up being a little uncomfortable on the eye (that’s polite language for “pig-ugly”). Nothing could be further from the truth with Ian Newtons creation, the bikes are truly stunning to look at and they perform even better than they look. The bike was created to give our burgeoning talent pool of Superteens a place to learn how to ride a 4-stroke motorcycle that also demands high corner speed and accurate throttle control. The lessons they learn are then directly transferrable into the 600cc and 1000cc categories. The proof of how well this works is evident in the progression of many ex-RRV riders into the higher levels of the sport. In the past three seasons that “Where the hell did he learn to ride like that?” phrase has been used to describe Sam Wilford, James Folkard, Jake Dixon, Brad Jones and Ross Twyman who all stood on the podiums in their first ever appearances at BSB after graduating from the “Aprilia Acadamy of Excellence”. Take your place at your favourite spot to watch these encounters and you’ll be amazed and entertained in equal measure. You can’t buy one for the road, you can’t buy one for track days, you can only buy one to race here - you can have one in any colour you like - as long as it’s black! The Superteens will be sitting right behind these boys on the grid and they’ll be looking to see how the more experienced riders handle themselves. Soon enough though this crop of 12-15 year olds will be aboard the more powerful bikes themselves and they won’t be taking any prisoners. The Aprilia Challenge is THE MOST SUCCESSFUL ONE MAKE SERIES IN THE WORLD!

CLASS LAP RECORDS Aprilia RRV450GP 50.354 - James Folkard Aprilia Superteens 54.839 - Jake Dixon


A&R RACING PRE-NATIONAL & SELCO FRESHMAN 600

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PRE-NATIONAL 600 PASSION PUT INTO ACTION! No 3 5 7 9 10 11 12 13 14 16 19 23 25 34 36 40 45 46 48 49 50 57 59 61 63 65 66 69 70 75 80 81 82 84 85 87 89 91 93 95 102 108 111 122 888

Rider Rich Richardson Chris Curtis Gary Hignett Nathan Salkeld Sam Holme Will Harper Nathan Bridgland Lewis Brooks Daniel Jones Luke MacRae Lloyd Shelley Andrew Evans Adam Shepherd Chris Lavisher Jeremy Watson James Weir-Dunne Steve MacMillan Alistair Wright Alex Laureys Mark Tomkinson Matty Whelan Ivan Reho Liam Hellewell Mark Smith Adam Darnell Ashley Milburn David Beech Corey Wilson Gareth Thomas Tom Hill Stephen Kimmings Stevie Elliott Ricky Allen Ben Wotton Neil Goodson Tony Norris Liam Dale Neil England Adam Gittings Andrew Castle Graeme Kerr Mathew Dawes Kieran Ahern Paul Wilson Joe Lawrence

Hometown Kingswood Worcester Coningsby Tidworth Elvington Desborough Seddlescombe Burton on Trent Solihull Billingshurst Burntwood Carnforth Barton u Humber Newbury Hemel Hempsted Finchley Poole Liskeard Balham Newcastle Barnsley Slough Nottingham Yarm Dorchester Swadlincote Preston Barnsley Bicester Chesham Orsett Exeter Tidworth Sleaford High Wycombe Hull Bradford Newbury Manchester Lincoln Barrhead Studley Wrexham Dormansland Bolton

Team Classical Racing Speckled Hen Racing RAF MSA British Army Race Team Sam Holme Racing Harper Racing Bridgland Racing Brooks Racing DJ Racing European Pumps Shelley Racing Andrew Evans Racing Shepherd Racing LBR Racing Speckled Hen Racing Keltbray Royal Marines Motorsport Royal Marines Motorsport APL Racing PP Racing Bennetts M/cycles Reho Racing CFS Racing THR Motorsport AD Racing Cotton Racing Ndorfin Racing Willy Wilson Racing Briars Unraceables SK Racing Royal Marines Motorsport British Army Race Team Wotton Racing Unraceables Norris Racing Barrett Steel Racing England Racing The Gitt Racing RAF MSA GK Racing MD Racing Deva Resins PW Racing JDL Racing

Machine Yamaha Suzuki Honda Suzuki Kawasaki Suzuki Yamaha Kawasaki Honda Suzuki Triumph Yamaha Kawasaki Triumph Yamaha Triumph Suzuki Yamaha Kawasaki Triumph MV Augusta Suzuki Kawasaki Triumph Yamaha Triumph Yamaha Yamaha Triumph Yamaha Yamaha Triumph Kawasaki Triumph Yamaha Suzuki Yamaha Yamaha Suzuki Kawasaki Suzuki Kawasaki Yamaha Yamaha Yamaha

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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 “PreNational 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 lack of adhesion flags being utilised on parts of the track. Of course those things can be learnt by trial and error, but having someone who has done it before just ahead of you takes the guesswork out of it. New for 2016 is a “Freshman” category within this race, which is for riders on a Novice licence with very little experience.The bikes themselves are pretty much the same specification machines as those on the Sportsman Elite grid, but at this learning stage of the process any small differences are immaterial. As the season progresses some of these riders will become very polished and take part in the Sportsman Elite races as well in order to measure their progress. As with all 600cc production based formulae, the Pre-National 600 Sport & Freshman classes races on “Road-Legal” treaded tyres unless a “Wet Race” is declared, in which case tyre choice is free. There are no restrictions on the brand of tyre used and all major manufacturers are represented. CLASS LAP RECORD 49.568 - Dean Mulcahy


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Lee Silvain Michael Mace Harley Prebble Jason Markham Rob Pragnell Lee Winters Aaron Bradley James Field Dominic Veasey Jon Rutherford Ben Tolliday Jamie Morris Neil Appleby

Hometown Blackpool Loughborough Bromley Sittingbourne Maidstone Abridge Coton in Elms Ilminster Barnsley Kirton Lindsey Farnborough Ashington Southampton Minehead Worthing Ramsey IOM London Spital Lincoln Baldrine IOM Towcester Evesham West Kingsdown Donegal Beaworthy Antrim NI Dursley Callander Bury St Edmunds Loughborough Maidstone Salisbury Portsmouth Windsor Nottingham Barton u Humber Wells Congressbury Scarborough Aylesbury Baxenden

Team British Army Race Team No Guts No Glory Sundridge Windows La11son Racing Mapp Racing LMB Team Edge RST Giles Racing Schofield Racing Direct Commercials Excelerate MTC WP Racing British Army Race Team Hawkins Racing WP Racing Tru Racing Mong Motorsport Max Dixon Racing Stamp End Garage Blackstone Racing Madero Racing Arden Racing M/cycles Mong Motorsport Scott Racing Motorcycles Ace Motorcycles Bude Trick Bits Roadrunner Racing JDF Racing That'll Do Racing No Guts No Glory Redneck Racing British Army Race Team Willow Construction Team STW Brown Builders RAF MSA Veasey Racing WC Racing Team Tolly Racing Jamiemorrisphoto.com Desmo Racing

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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. The Stocktwins has grown out of the original Minitwin idea. Cost control was always designed to be a core principal of Minitwins and the rules were so tight that you can effectively say that these were as close as you could get to standard road bikes with a go faster exhaust and race suspension. However, having to use a lot of original parts and not being able to junk non-essential crash damaged parts precluded competitors from taking advantage of a lot of extremely cheap pattern parts readily available from the far East and that was the main reason for us adopting Stocktwins regulations. The only difference being that any non-performance enhancing part may be used regardless of whether it is from the original manufacturer or not. Both classes create great racing and you will see that a well ridden Stocktwin can even get into the top 5 of the overall race result. Supertwin or Stocktwin both have that V-twin rumble and both offer superb competition on a budget that a normal working man can afford. Crack on! CLASS LAP RECORDS Supertwins - 50.94 Sam Wilford Stocktwins - 51.915 Tim Jones


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Hometown Beverley Hull Rotherham Coningsby Deal Mertyr Tydfil Hull Santon IOM Chichester Stockton on Tees Ormskirk Poole Oban Nelson Manchester Horncastle North Wheatley Forsbrook Watford Rotherham Woodford Green Bournemouth Chelmsford Swindon Bolney Barnsley Billingshurst Chichester Coton in Elms Baldrine IOM Boston Chesham Wallingford Cirencester Wellingborough Norwich Potters Bar Dagenham Caerphilly

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

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Hometown

Team

Machine

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Sam Nicholson

Nottingham

Motorpoint Derby

Yamaha

600

SS

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Adrian Bridges

Solihull

Sparklight Racing

Yamaha

600

SS

7

Mark Hudson

Cheadle

Brosport

Yamaha

600

SS

8

Karl Foster

Scunthorpe

Foster Bros Racing

Yamaha

600

SS

11

Gordon Wright

Larbert

Sparklight Racing

Yamaha

600

SS

14

Brad Davey

Abingdon

Motovation

Ducati

748

SF

16

Luke MacRae

Billingshurst

European Pumps

Suzuki

600

SS

17

Carl Vickers

Dunfermline

Royal Marines Motorsport

Yamaha

600

SS

18

James Barron

Scarborough

JB Racing

Honda

600

SF

22

Ross Danbury

Aylesbury

Catch 22

Yamaha

600

SS

24

Andy Scanlon

Thatcham

Stubble Racing

Yamaha

600

SS

26

Ryan Cooper

Leeds

Coops Racing/Race HQ

Yamaha

600

SS

28

Martyn Bloomfield

Tarporley

EB Racing

Yamaha

600

SS

32

Chris Froggatt

Chichester

Froggatt Racing

Yamaha

600

SS

35

Mark Biswell

Aylesbury

Bizzle Bikesport

Honda

600

SF

47

Richard Harrison

Cleasby

Melted Sliders

Yamaha

600

SF

49

Andy Whale

Birmingham

Whale Racing

Yamaha

600

SS

56

Phil Cox

Maldon

AF Switchgear

Yamaha

600

SS

57

Jon Good

Kings Lynn

JG Racing

Honda

600

SF

58

Andrew Goodsell

Winchelsea

Goodsell Racing

Yamaha

600

SF

64

Chris Hellewell

Rotherham

Sparklight Racing

Yamaha

600

SS

65

David Langley

Dereham

RAF MSA / Ashtons

Honda

600

SF

68

Nick Wainwright

Beverley

Paintzfiction Racing

Yamaha

600

SS

76

Russell Dodds

Northallerton

Dobbin-AMR Racing

Yamaha

600

SS

89

Darren Kellett

Leeds

K-Cole Racing

Yamaha

600

SS

96

Ian Evans

Chepstow

British Army Race Team

Ducati

748

SF

99

Paul Simkiss

Ripponden

Simkiss Racing

Honda

600

SF

127 Liam Turberfield

Worcester

Liam Turberfield Racing

Yamaha

600

SS

196 Jack Tynan

Reading

Tynan Dot Co Racing

Honda

600

SF

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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 SteelFramed bikes of a similar period. Initially we did not want to do so, because we saw that idea as the brainchild of the Derby Phoenix Motorcycle Club. We are not the kind of organisation that indulges in appropriating other peoples ideas on principle. However, the Derby Phoenix Club have had a difficult time of things over the past few seasons and they approached us to give a home to their loyal riders in 2015 as they no longer had the resources to organise their own events. The upshot of that were talks between us as to how we could assist them in not only giving their riders a place to ride, but ultimately putting them in a position to re-launch their own series. I am pleased to report that they are now well on the way to recovery. CLASS LAP RECORDS Supersport = 51.333 - Karl Foster Steelsport = 54.581 Jack Haverkamp


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Preston

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Nick Williamson

Southampton

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Bruce Dunn

Werrington

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Gareth Skinner

Tidworth

British Army Race Team

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SBK

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Richard Blunt

Bury St Edmunds Portico Sport

Kawasaki

750

SBK

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Lawrence Barry

Abridge

LMB

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750

SBK

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Paul Stonebanks

Ashford

Tagg Racing

Yamaha

750

SBK

20

Andy Challis

Peterborough

Team CT Racing

Suzuki

750

SBK

28

Jordan Watling

Doncaster

Elec-Tec Racing

Kawasaki

750

SBK

34

Adrian Teasdale

Carlisle

Van-Glass.co.uk

Suzuki

750

SBK

35

Richard Steadman

Skegness

Dales Sports Surfaces

Yamaha

750

SBK

38

Andrew Pollard

Belper

G-Eight Racing

BMW

1000

F

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Andrew Batner

Swindon

PCS Racing

Aprilia

1000

F

44

Mick Riddle

Coningsby

RAF MSA

Suzuki

750

SBK

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Richard Harrison

Cleasby

Melted-Sliders

Suzuki

750

SBK

49

Kevin Howdle

Cannock

Alpha Hair Academy

Suzuki

1000

SX

57

Ryan Strafford

Mirfield

Strafford Racing

Honda

1000

SBK

66

Ron Fry

Hartley

Rocket Racing

Kawasaki

750

SBK

71

Ritchie Thornton

Surbiton

Team 71

Kawasaki

750

SBK

74

Ian Pattinson

Weardale

Weardale Racing

Kawasaki

750

SBK

79

Rob Want

Leeds

A1 Press Racing

Yamaha

750

SBK

83

Ben Hollingworth

Yarm

Royal Marines Motorsport

Honda

1000

F

86

John Gibson

Peterborough

2GC Racing

Ducati

996

SBK

88

Richard Stubbs

Stone

DCR

Kawasaki

750

SBK

89

Giles Long

Chelmsford

On Track Experience

Kawasaki

750

SBK

91

Matthew Streeter

Norwich

Team Alltrades

Honda

1000

F

169

Dave Sellars

Lincoln

DSR Racing

Kawasaki

750

SBK

888

Kevin Liddle

Stainton

KLM Motorsport

Ducati

996

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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. 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 on the Superbikes are any make, any pattern, any type - including slicks. Rims are also free and even carbon wheels can be used.

CLASS LAP RECORDS Golden Era Superbike 49.583 - Richard Blunt


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Rider Josh Day Ricardo Ballerini Craig Neve Curtis Rothwell Paul Charman Stephen Parsons Ben Scranage Richard Blunt Chris Barnes Terry Fuller Richard White Brian Fuidge Gary Hutchinson Kingsley Ruddy Michael Neeves Shane Pearson Colin Parker Rob Elsmere Stuart Martin Craig Currie Chris Burrage Jonathan Panter Ash Stone Nick Edgeley Michael Tustin Phil Crowe David Brook Curtis Wright Lee Wilson Stephen Foster Jody Lees Rory Parker Mark Sykes Lee Williams Callum O'Shea Rick Dickinson James Vevers Sonny Martin Brett Guy Jonathan Lodge Ross Barnes Dave Jackson Matt Stevenson Jack Yorke Marc Greenslade

Hometown Swindon Hailsham Immingham Bolton Accrington Milnthorpe Bolton Bury St Edmunds Preston Evesham Watford Poole Ripon Barnsley Peterborough Derby Letchworth Erith Nettleton North Wheatley Chelmsford Newbold Verdon Matlock Bolney Evesham Market Rasen Bradford Stoney Stanton Barnsley Bristol Rugeley Ramsey IOM Grimsby Bootle Port Soderick IOM London Workington Wirral Bridgnorth Holmfirth Dartford Lincoln Ripon Leicester Tidworth

Team Crank Racing Knight Road Racing Callmac Flexi Hydraulic Rothwell Racing Accrington Auto Bodies Giraffe Racing Scranage Racing Portico Sport AP Broome Racing Full On Racing Get Low Racing Royal Marines Motorsport Reds True Barbeque KOR Racing Prime Factors Racing MeltedSliders / S-GTTL Global Roberts Reckless Racing Ian Martin Motors Team Evolution David Burrage Racing RJS Superbike Stone Racing Team Edge RST Racing Team MTR Phil Crowe Racing Team Arkoni Racing IN Competition Willy Wilson Racing Foster Racing Midland VW Racing Layson Engineering Mark Sykes Racing Team Willo/ Hi-Tech Monarch Honda RD Racing Jink Tatoo Studio Guildford Audio Guy Racing JL Graphics.co.uk FP Racing Jackson Racing PSFR Racing Hilltop Motorcycles British Army Race Team

Machine Kawasaki Ducati Kawasaki Suzuki Yamaha Kawasaki Kawasaki Kawasaki Kawasaki BMW Yamaha Honda Kawasaki Kawasaki BMW Kawasaki Yamaha Suzuki Kawasaki Kawasaki Yamaha Suzuki Kawasaki BMW Kawasaki BMW Kawasaki Aprilia BMW Honda Yamaha Kawasaki Kawasaki Kawasaki Honda Kawasaki Kawasaki Kawasaki Yamaha Kawasaki Kawasaki BMW BMW BMW BMW

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CLASS LAP RECORD Thundersport GP1 - 47.368 Phil Crowe


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Of course the whole team has to work together to keep an event running smoothly, but the people at the sharp end come rain or shine are the trackside Marshals, Recovery Crews and Technical staff. When incidents happen, their quick actions are essential in ensuring that things don’t escalate. They are armed with the tools to do the job of course:- Radios to communicate with Race Control, Flags and Boards to communicate with the riders, Shovels, Brooms, Detegents and Dust to deal with spillages and most importantly EXPERIENCE, TRAINING and TEAM SKILLS so that their actions are both reflex and coordinated to minimise any risks or delays. The skills required to do this do not come naturally to anyone and that Many hands make light(er) work... and less Red Flags! is why constant training is carried out as the season goes on. A lot of it might not look like training, it looks like incident handling, but that is the very best kind of training because we learn far more from real life incidents than we can ever learn from made up scenarios. So when you are finished with your days racing and you see the team coming in from their posts, a simple Thank You goes a long way towards reminding them that you appreciate their efforts. Thanks from the rest of the Team too

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Ryan Redman

Blackpool

British Army Race Team

Suzuki

650

Army

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Gary Hignett

Coningsby

RAF MSA

Honda

600

RAF

8

Gareth Skinner

Tidworth

British Army Race Team

Aprilia

1000

Army

9

Nathan Salkeld

Tidworth

British Army Race Team

Suzuki

600

Army

17

Carl Vickers

Dunfermline

Royal Marines Motorsport

Yamaha

600

Navy

18

Harley Smith

Driffield

British Army Race Team

Honda

500

Army

27

Brian Fuidge

Poole

Royal Marines Motorsport

Suzuki

600

Navy

34

Ian McGann

Southampton

British Army Race Team

Suzuki

650

Army

44

Mick Riddle

Coningsby

RAF MSA

Suzuki

750

RAF

45

Steve MacMillan

Poole

Royal Marines Motorsport

Suzuki

600

Navy

46

Alistair Wright

Liskeard

Royal Marines Motorsport

Yamaha

600

Navy

54

Lara Small

Derby

British Army Race Team

Honda

500

Army

65

David Langley

Dereham

RAF MSA

Honda

600

RAF

81

Stevie Elliott

Exeter

Royal Marines Motorsport

Triumph

675

Navy

82

Ricky Allen

Tidworth

British Army Race Team

Kawasaki

600

Army

83

Ben Hollingworth

Yarm

Royal Marines Motorsport

Honda

1000

Navy

93

Anthony Seasman

Liverpool

RAF MSA

Honda

500

RAF

95

Andrew Castle

Lincoln

RAF MSA

Kawasaki

600

RAF

96

Jason Markham

Salisbury

British Army Race Team

Suzuki

650

Army

97

Lee Howarth

Westbourne

Royal Marines Motorsport

Honda

500

Navy

99

Stephen Kaplan

Wallingford

RAF MSA

Yamaha

600

RAF

121 James Field

Barton u Humber

RAF MSA

Suzuki

650

RAF

179 Connor Irwin

Edinburgh

British Army Race Team

Honda

500

Army

196 Ian Evans

Chepstow

British Army Race Team

Ducati

748

Army

338 Marc Greenslade

Tidworth

British Army Race Team

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The GB Racing British Military Inter Services Championship enters its 5th season with Thundersport GB in 2016. In the current political climate, it is very difficult for any of our military personnel to plan out a full seasons racing. International conflicts flare up remarkably quickly in the modern world and these guys can find themselves posted to danger zones anywhere in the world with as little as 48 hours notice. Therefore we have attempted to design a very flexible championship that is both spread across a whole season, yet at the same time has events that can be opted out of without penalty or danger of rendering a normal championship challenge practically unviable. You don’t have to agree with decisions made by our armed services political masters in order to appreciate the risks that the personnel face in order to protect and preserve our way of life. These are just ordinary, real people who put themselves in harms way on a fairly regular basis on our behalf. This year, instead of riders scoring points in their own individual classes, they all come together on one grid for a spectacular shoot out race on five separate occasions during the course of the season. Points scoring for this race is based on 1 point for last place and an additional point for every place in front of that. There are bonus points for the podium places – 3 points for 1st, 2 points for 2nd and 1 point for 3rd – as well as an extra point for the fastest lap of the race. The teams are:Royal Navy Royal Marines Motorsport our current champions. British Army Race Team who were victorious in 2013 and 2014. Royal Air Force MSA who were champions back in 2012. Rounds:Brands Hatch (March) Snetterton (May) Rockingham (July) Donington Park (September) Cadwell Park (October) CLASS LAP RECORD TBA


THE ONLY ONES WHO KNOW!

Your friends don’t know, your wives don’t know, your girlfriends don’t know, your husbands don’t know, boyfriends, mums, dads, teachers, employers, bank managers or accountants, none of them know. The ONLY ones who know are the ones who have been there, the racers themselves. When you become a racer, you probably don’t quite realise that doing so will very slightly change your relationship with everyone else you have known in your life up to that point. Before you start, in your preparation and build up to your first race, you’ll listen to your friends and those that are helping you in a particular way, but after your first event all of that advice will be filtered by the fact that you ‘know’ and they are only guessing. Of course the ex-racers know too and they will treat you differently, with more respect, once you’ve actually gone out and done it. There is a lot of useful stuff available on the internet too, but you’ll soon discover that there are numerous “expert racers” in that environment who don’t stand

up to the acid test of reality. Once you get through your first event, you’ll soon be able to differentiate between the genuine article and the PlayStation heroes. Expert suppliers are the same. I clearly remember a short while before I took part in my first race, speaking to an old guy called Ole Gunnarson in Drammen (Norway) who owned a little back street engine tuning shop. He was a wiry little fella and he exuded an air of knowing pretty much all that there was to know in the racing business. This guy had been there, done it and got the T-shirt, but somehow he was always kind of off-hand with me when I went in to get the parts I needed to race prep my car (yes a car, I was a 4-wheeled deviant before I saw the light and turned to motorcycles much later). Our conversations were always short and to the point and he rarely offered any advice on any of the things I was buying. I thought he was just a bit of a miserable bloke by nature and I didn’t think too much about it at the time. He did seem to be much more animated with some of his other customers though

and it made me wonder what it was that was different about them, or what it was that I didn’t have. On the first weekend of May 1981, I took part in my first ever race and whilst I may not have set the world alight, I did get to stand on the podium and I was by far the fastest novice at the event. That didn’t really mean much, as racing in Norway & Sweden at the time was very low key and recruited fairly few new drivers each season. The next time I went into the tuning shop, Ole didn’t exactly greet me like a long lost brother, but there was a noticeable difference in his attitude to me. Initially I thought it was because I’d had my picture in the evening paper (which only had a circulation of about 20 copies) but it wasn’t that at all. He was talking to me from the point of view of a Racer rather than a dreamer. He knew that I was now one of the ones who know! From that point onwards he gave me a lot of help and plenty of advice – most of which I initially ignored, but then later saw the value of. He’d seen it all before and knew that I would have to make my own


mistakes before I would listen to good advice. We became very good friends and he helped me enormously right up until he died in late 1983. His favourite saying – usually used when I wanted more power, better tyres or something else I couldn’t afford, was :- “Don’t waste time worrying about what other people have got, just make the most of what you’ve got. Your biggest advantage is in there!” and with that he would tap me on the chest “Sjelvalig” (self belief). Years later, long after I’d stopped car racing and even after I’d finished my own bike racing, I met someone who reminded me a lot of Ole. He too had been there, done it and got the T-shirt. This time however, because he knew that I’d also done it myself and that I was one of the ones who know, he spoke to me as an equal – which in terms of what he has achieved on two wheels I most certainly was not and still am not! This wiry little fella is called Ian Newton and he is one of the most experienced men in the UK when it comes to all aspects of motorcycle racing. He has ridden in multiple Grand Prix world championship races, won on the Isle of Man, won British Championships, European Championships and at the North West 200 road races, where he still holds a lap record to this day. He has also been a top team manager alongside Paul Bird at Vimto Racing. So Ian is definitely one of ‘the ones who know’ and he has that same air of confident experience that I first encountered all those years ago in Ole. However, having worked at several shows and exhibitions with Ian, he also has that mental dividing line between racers and everybody else. He is always professional, but there is a slight difference in his approach to racers as opposed to everybody else. Looking after the Aprilia Superteens and the RRV450GP classes means that he has to walk the tightrope between offering good advice to the riders and managing the expectations and excesses of their families & teams. I know that he sometimes finds it very difficult when people won’t listen to good advice and the dispersal of knowledge that he himself had to work hard to obtain. Over the dozen years or so that we have worked together, I have seen him mellow and accept that sometimes people have to make their own mistakes. The important thing is to be there with advice and support when they come back, which Ian has now become very adept at. That kind of support is beyond monetary

value. This two-stream attitude is something that we all subconsciously do, whether we realise it or not. During our hour and a half oil clear up at Brands Hatch on March 4th last year I spoke to several people who were leaning over the spectator fence whilst we were working. Some were spectators or perhaps friends of racers and others were actually racers themselves. Whilst the information on the clean up was essentially the same “We need to make sure it’s safe before we can even look at a re-start time.” I found myself managing the expectations of the racers differently to those of the spectators. When speaking to the racers I gave them a lot more detailed information as to the progress and also explained that although we would re-start only when the surface was free of oil, there would still be substantially less grip in the affected section because we had used a lot of detergent which not only scrubbed away the oil but also took away any rubber that had been laid down. The affected area would also stay wet longer and therefore be a lot more slippery than the rest of the track for some time. I spoke differently with the ones who know – because they are the ones who need to know. There has to be an unspoken bond of trust between the racers and the officials, as we are all reliant on each other to get the job done safely. When we did re-start, the Thundersport GP1 class was first out and because they had the correct and accurate information, they were able to put on a spectacular race whilst at the same time treating the exit of Druids with the caution it required. Mutual trust

between riders and officials in these instances is beyond monetary value. I was also speaking to one of our new riders in the office the week after that first event of 2014 and he mentioned that he now felt like a real racer because he felt that he now knew exactly what I was talking about in the pre-season classroom sessions. The feeling of actually being on the starting grid for a race is something that you can explain over and over again, but it’s only when you actually experience it that the explanation makes sense. This situation of those who know and those who don’t is totally timeless. The main picture here is of my great friend Gordon Cobbold taken in 1926. This is one of my favourite motorcycle racing photographs of all time and it was taken in the paddock at Crystal Palace after a test session. Although this is the speedway variant that he was testing, Gordon rode many of the works bikes around the fully banked circuit at Brooklands too earning a Gold Star for his 108mph lap in 1923. Brooklands was the worlds fastest racetrack and it was so bumpy that riders often suffered from broken ribs and bleeding kidneys just from riding the bike, not falling off. The photo shows Gordon Cobbold just having got off the bike, with his sponsor and friend Harry Weslake in the background on the left. Talking to Gordon is another racer of the time – the great Gus Kuhn - who is making the ‘keep the throttle pinned’ gesture that’s universally understood in racing paddocks around the world to this day. The thing I like about this photograph most, is that although there are 6 men in the picture, Gordon and Gus are sharing a moment that only the racers really understand. They are the only ones who know.

Once you’ve experienced the cut and thrust of your first race, you’ll understand why we all smile at the bar-stool trackday stories.


THUNDERSPORT GB 2016 CHAMPIONSHIP CLASSES BELOW IS AN OUTLINE OF THE 2016 CHAMPIONSHIP CLASSES, FOR FULL TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS - PLEASE SEE THE DOCUMENT CENTRE ON www.thundersportgb.com or www.apriliachallenge.net 1). THUNDERSPORT GP1 ELITE This is a truly Open Class for large capacity machines up to 1300cc swept volume and the Norton Rotary (nominally 699cc). Minimum weights at post race controls are 125kg for 4-stroke machines and 95kg for 2-stroke machines. Tyre choice and rim sizes are free at all times. Rider Eligibility = Any GP1 rider not eligible for one of the sub-classes below. This is the Premier GP1 class. 2). THUNDERSPORT GP1 SPORTSMAN Technical specification as GP1 Elite. Rider Eligibilty = Open to Clubman licence holders or newly qualified National Licence holders who have never competed in a British, European or World Championship event. Sportsman riders also score points in the main GP1 Elite championship. 3). THUNDERSPORT GP1 FRESHMAN Technical specification as GP1 Elite. Rider Eligibilty = Open to Intermediate Novice licence holders or certain newly qualified Clubman Licence holders who are yet to score a top 50% race finish. 4). THUNDERSPORT 600 ELITE To ACU Formula 600 specifications with any road legal tyre allowed. Full wets are also permitted when a “Wet Race” has been declared. Rider Eligibilty = Any 600cc rider not eligible for one of the sub-classes below. This is the Premier 600 class. 5). THUNDERSPORT 600 SPORTSMAN To ACU Formula 600 specifications with any road legal tyre allowed. Full wets are also permitted when a “Wet Race” has been declared. Rider Eligibilty = Open to Clubman licence holders or newly qualified National Licence holders who have never competed in a British, European or World Championship event. Sportsman riders also score points in the main 600 Elite championship. 6). PRE-NATIONAL SPORT 600 To ACU Formula 600 specifications with any road legal tyre allowed. Full wets are also permitted when a “Wet Race” has been declared. Rider Eligibilty = Open to Clubman licence holders who have never competed in a British, European or World Championship event. 7). THUNDERSPORT 600 FRESHMAN To ACU Formula 600 specifications with any road legal tyre allowed. Full wets are also permitted when a “Wet Race” has been declared. Rider Eligibilty = Open to Novice or Intermediate Novice licence holders only who obtained their first race licence in 2015 or later. 8). GOLDEN ERA SUPERBIKE Superbikes of the classic era (designed and produced between 1985-2000 homologation years) 750cc 4-cylinder and 1000cc twin cylinder models as in the period. List of eligible models can be found within the Technical Regulation documents. 9). APRILIA SUPERTEENS Aprilia RS125 “Euro 2” machines with a standard race kit as supplied by IN Competition and to remain in compliance with the IN Competition/Thundersport GB technical regulations. Dunlop control tyres in both wet and dry patterns and series decals must be adhered to. This class will include the Aprilia RRV450R 4-stroke machine specifically as restricted to 32bhp by IN Competition which will retain a sealed ECU and throttle body restrictors as fitted by IN Competition. 10). APRILIA RRV450GP A class for the Aprilia RRV450GP as supplied by IN Competition. Dunlop control tyres in both wet and dry patterns and series decals must be adhered to. 11). SUPERTWINS(650) & STOCKTWINS Middleweight machines based on production bikes in the following capacities: 800cc 1 cylinder, 650cc 2 cylinder and 550cc 3 cylinder 4-stroke machines plus up to 400cc 2-stroke production based machines. The frame, engine and swing-arm must come from the same homologated model but all other modifications are allowed. Road Legal Treaded Tyres or Full Wets are permitted. 12). THUNDERSPORT 500 A series for near standard 500cc 4-stroke parallel twins (Honda CB500, Suzuki GS500 & Kawasaki ER5) within a strictly controlled formula. Dunlop control tyres in both wet and dry patterns ensure a level playing field. This class also has a Thundersport 500 Seniors category, open to riders aged 40 years or more on 1st March 2016. 13). GOLDEN ERA SUPERSPORT A class for 600cc 4-cylinder and 750cc 2 cylinder Supersport machines designed and commencing production before 1st January 2000. A full list of eligible machines is contained in the technical specifications. The tyre regulations are as per Formula 600. List of eligible models can be found within the Technical Regulation documents. 14). GOLDEN ERA STEELSPORT A class for Supersport machines designed and commencing production before 1st January 2000 and having a mild steel beam or trellis frame as standard. The tyre regulations are as per Formula 600. List of eligible models can be found within the Technical Regulation documents. 15). FORMULA 400 A class for 400cc production based machines to ACU “Formula” specifications.

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THUNDERSPORT GB 2016 CHAMPIONSHIP DATES & VENUES DAY FRIDAY SATURDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY MONDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY MONDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY MONDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY MONDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY

DATE 19TH FEBRUARY 20TH FEBRUARY 4TH MARCH 5TH MARCH 6TH MARCH 26TH MARCH 27TH MARCH 28TH MARCH 30TH APRIL 1ST MAY 2ND MAY 28TH MAY 29TH MAY 30TH MAY 1ST JULY 2ND JULY 29TH JULY 30TH JULY 31ST JULY 27TH AUGUST 28TH AUGUST 29TH AUGUST 23RD SEPTEMBER 24TH SEPTEMBER 25TH SEPTEMBER 14TH OCTOBER 15TH OCTOBER 16TH OCTOBER

LOCATION DONINGTON PARK DONINGTON PARK (98 DBA) BRANDS HATCH (INDY) BRANDS HATCH (INDY) BRANDS HATCH (INDY) DONINGTON PARK (NAT) DONINGTON PARK (NAT) DONINGTON PARK (NAT) SNETTERTON (200) SNETTERTON (200) SNETTERTON (200) CADWELL PARK CADWELL PARK CADWELL PARK OULTON PARK OULTON PARK ROCKINGHAM (INT) ROCKINGHAM (INT) ROCKINGHAM (INT) ANGLESEY COASTAL ANGLESEY COASTAL ANGLESEY COASTAL DONINGTON PARK (GP) DONINGTON PARK (GP) DONINGTON PARK (GP) CADWELL PARK CADWELL PARK CADWELL PARK

EVENT ACU-CTC COURSE / TEST DAY ACU-CTC COURSE / TEST DAY TESTING INVICTA CHALLENGE INVICTA CHALLENGE TESTING ROBERT FEARNALL TROPHY ROBERT FEARNALL TROPHY TESTING ACE OF CLUBS ACE OF CLUBS TESTING KING OF THE MOUNTAIN KING OF THE MOUNTAIN TESTING/QUALIFYING ADAM BOYLE TROPHY TESTING THUNDER AT THE ROCK THUNDER AT THE ROCK TESTING MOTO SUPER-PRIX OF WALES MOTO SUPER-PRIX OF WALES TESTING DUKE OF DONINGTON DUKE OF DONINGTON TESTING CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS

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