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THUNDERSPORT GB

CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017

ROUND 1 4TH & 5TH MARCH 2017

THE HOME OF SPORTSMAN RACING

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TIMETABLE OF EVENTS - SATURDAY Premier Motorcycle Protection

9.00am

15 minutes Qualifying

Thundersport Superteens

9.19am

15 minutes Qualifying

Thundersport 500 Elite, Freshman & Seniors

9.38am

15 minutes Qualifying

Pre-National 600 Sport & Freshman

9.57am

15 minutes Qualifying

Supertwins/Stocktwins & Aprilia RRV450/GP3

10.16am 15 minutes Qualifying

Golden Era Superbike/Supersport & GP1 Classic

10.35am 15 minutes Qualifying

Thundersport 600 Sportsman & Elite

10.54am 15 minutes Qualifying

Thundersport GP1 Elite, Sportsman & Freshman

11.15am Race 1

Thundersport Superteen Challenge

12 Laps (15 miles)

11.35am Race 2

Supertwins/Stocktwins & Aprilia RRV450/GP3

12 Laps (15 miles)

11.55am Race 3

Golden Era Superbike & GP1 Classic (GP1FM)

12 Laps (15 miles)

12.15pm Race 4

Thundersport 500 (Groups A & B)

12 Laps (15 miles)

12.35pm Race 5

Pre-National 600 Sport & Freshman

12 Laps (15 miles)

12.55pm Race 6

Golden Era Supersport & Thundersport 600 Cup

12 Laps (15 miles)

LUNCH BREAK 1.55pm

Race 7

Thundersport 600 Sportsman & Elite

18 Laps (22 miles)

2.15pm

Race 8

Thundersport 500 (Groups A & C)

12 Laps (15 miles)

2.40pm

Race 9

Thundersport Superteen Challenge

12 Laps (15 miles)

3.00pm

Race 10

Thundersport GP1 Sportsman Elite

18 Laps (22 miles)

3.25pm

Race 11

Supertwins/Stocktwins & Aprilia RRV450/GP3

12 Laps (15 miles)

3.45pm

Race 12

Golden Era Superbike & GP1 Classic (GP1FM)

12 Laps (15 miles)

4.05pm

Race 13

Pre-National 600 Sport & Freshman

12 Laps (15 miles)

4.25pm

Race 14

Golden Era Supersport & Thundersport 600 Cup

12 Laps (15 miles)

4.45pm

Race 15

Thundersport 500 (Groups B & C)

12 Laps (15 miles)

5.05pm

Race 16

GB Racing British Military Inter Services Challenge

12 Laps (15 miles)


TIMETABLE OF EVENTS - SUNDAY 10.00am

8 minutes Warm Up

Thundersport 500 Seniors, Freshman & Superteens

10.11am

8 minutes Warm Up

Supertwins, Stocktwins, RRV450/GP3 & Thundersport 500 Elite

10.22am

8 minutes Warm Up

Golden Era Superbike, Supersport & GP1 Classic

10.33am

8 minutes Warm Up

All 600cc Odd Numbers

10.44am

8 minutes Warm Up

All 600cc Even Numbers

10.55am

8 minutes Warm Up

Thundersport GP1 & authorised extras

11.10am

Race 1

Thundersport Superteen Challenge

12 Laps (15 miles)

11.30am

Race 2

Thundersport 500 (Groups A & C)

12 Laps (15 miles)

11.50am

Race 3

Supertwins/Stocktwins & Aprilia RRV450/GP3

12 Laps (15 miles)

12.10pm

Race 4

Thundersport 600 Sportsman & Elite

15 Laps (18 miles)

12.30pm

Race 5

Golden Era Superbike & GP1 Classic (GP1FM)

12 Laps (15 miles)

12.50pm

Race 6

Thundersport GP1 Sportsman Elite

15 Laps (18 miles)

1.10pm

Race 7

Pre-National 600 Sport & Freshman

12 Laps (15 miles)

LUNCH BREAK 2.05pm

Race 8

Thundersport 500 (Groups A & B)

12 Laps (15 miles)

2.25pm

Race 9

Golden Era Supersport & Thundersport 600 Cup

12 Laps (15 miles)

2.45pm

Race 10

Thundersport Superteen Challenge

12 Laps (15 miles)

3.05pm

Race 11

Supertwins/Stocktwins & Aprilia RRV450/GP3

12 Laps (15 miles)

3.25pm

Race 12

Thundersport 600 Sportsman & Elite

15 Laps (18 miles)

3.45pm

Race 13

Golden Era Superbike & GP1 Classic (GP1FM)

12 Laps (15 miles)

4.05pm

Race 14

Thundersport GP1 Sportsman Elite

15 Laps (18 miles)

4.25pm

Race 15

Pre-National 600 Sport & Freshman

12 Laps (15 miles)

4.45pm

Race 16

Golden Era Supersport & Thundersport 600 Cup

12 Laps (15 miles)

5.05pm

Race 17

Thundersport 500 (Groups B & C)

12 Laps (15 miles)

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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 49117 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

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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

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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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CHEQUERED 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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RACE DIRECTOR 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 Stuart Bailey (Chief) Phil Page (Eligibility)

STIRLINGS

John Pedersen

CHIEF INCIDENT OFFICER Mark Lumb

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SOUND CONTROL

Rodger Wadey (Senior)

CLEAR WA WA WAYS AYS YS

McLLAREN McAREN

CLERK OF THE COURSE Kyle Tansley Phil Page (Deputy)

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STARTLINE OFFICIALS SURTEES RTEES

AIGHT AIGH

CLARK CURVE CL PADDOCK PADDOCK

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MAIN ENTRANCE

3 BRABHAM STRAIGHT

Dave Richardson (Chief) Mark Lumb (Deputy)

RACE CONTROL

Angie Matthews - Joanne Page

ASSEMBLY AREA

OFFICIALS & ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

CHIEF MARSHAL

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 Easton Vaughan Huxley Richard Turk Clare Morden

AMBULANCE SERVICE St Johns Ambulance

COMMENTATORS

Robin Murphy - John Ward

CIRCUIT MANAGER

Mike Groves (01474 875285)


THUNDERSPORT GB What’s it all about & Why is it so special? LET’S GET IT STRAIGHT RIGHT FROM THE START:-

Motorcycle Road Racing is genuinely about as much of a buzz as it’s possible to get with your clothes on! Once you start, you’ll realise that everything else you’ve tried beforehand is just pale and insipid – track days included.

WARNING:-

It will eat every spare penny you have, but it will be the best money you have ever spent and nobody who hasn’t had a proper go at it will ever come close to understanding the thrill of it. When you speak about it to friends and one of them pipes up with the old favourite “Oh yeah, I know what it’s like because I’ve done Track Days!” you’ll just want to scream at them because they are so deluded. You’ll soon get used to just nodding and walking away though.

THE STRUCTURE:-

Motorcycle Road Racing itself in the UK is split into various layers right through from single venue Clubmans series like Tonfanau in Mid-Wales, Darley Moor in Derbyshire or the centrally located EMRA rounds at Mallory Park, right through to the highly professional British Superbike Championship which is the worlds most highly regarded National domestic championship. Bigger isn’t necessarily better and every different kind of event has its place in the great scheme of things. For some riders being able to contest a full series at a venue fairly close to home, outweighs the disadvantages associated with only racing at one track. Others feel that they need to challenge themselves as much as possible by contesting a proper championship and do not wish to circulate endlessly around the same track. Neither approach is right or wrong, just what suits the individual. Horses for courses, is a very appropriate analogy.

THUNDERSPORT GB encompasses

a little bit of each of those philosophies in that we have a central core of riders that make up around 75% of our paddock who follow the championship in its entirety, but the other 25% of the race entry is made up of occasional riders, or one event riders who may just be local to the hosting circuit for that round. In truth, most riders who fall into the second category soon find out that they like the way we do things and eventually follow the whole series in subsequent seasons. Come and try an event or two with Thundersport GB and you will soon understand that there is simply a ‘special something’ about our events that you will find nowhere else. It’s almost impossible to quantify and you simply have to experience it in order to understand.

OUR ETHOS IS TWO-FOLD.

On the one hand we aim to provide a well laid out structured and professional path for those riders who intend to make motorcycle racing a career path and our track record in this respect is unrivalled. On the other hand we provide the best quality, most enjoyable and most rewarding end product for the many racers who have no pretensions about being World Champions and simply want to see just how good they can be. Of all of the riders coming into our sport, less than 10% of them will go on to contest British or World Championships, which means that for 90% of racers the rest of the marketplace is actually the end product they are interested in. That product needs to be as fulfilling as it is possible to make it and that is always our main priority. My real world view has always been

that we need to look at what we are trying to achieve with each race and each new class. I find the short-sighted view of “It’s only club racing!” to be both ill informed and insulting to those who really know the score – the racers. I am not against having two classes sharing a race slot provided that they make a similar lap time and in that case it can help to ensure that as many people as possible get to race in a safe and enjoyable manner. However when the list of classes is almost as long as the result sheet, something is very badly wrong.

THE PURPOSE OF A RACE.

A race is about finding out who is the most worthy winner, at that place and at that particular time. Therefore it should give all participants a fair chance of getting the best result they personally are capable of right then and there. A little Formula 125 bike in a mixed grid with Suzuki SV650s, Kawasaki ZXR750s and Yamaha Pre-Injection R1s does not represent a fair chance – even if you set aside the safety concerns. My own view is that a quality race should be long enough to give the best performing rider a fair chance of winning and also be long enough for those challenging him/her multiple opportunities to contest that position. It’s not about an arbitary number of laps, it’s about mileage, time and obtaining a fair result that feels worthwhile to everyone involved. In my experience a perfect race is around 20-25 miles in length and should take between 13 – 16 minutes for the winner to complete dependant on the venue. Shorter races tend to be more hazardous as every chance to overtake, no matter how risky, must be grabbed at by the ambitious rider. Too much longer, or with mismatched


classes, or a lack of competition and every riders concentration wanes worn tyres perhaps used in a previous race become unpredictable and lots of lapped traffic introduces new risks.

These thoughts aren’t just guesswork, having been there

as a rider and an organiser I have experienced the good, the bad and the indifferent. When I set up Thundersport GB I knew what I wanted to achieve and I knew what was and what wasn’t possible. Syd, as the father of a racer (Steve) and also as a long time sponsor of several riders, had a similar understanding, but from a slightly different perspective. He knew what he wanted too. Right from the outset, we put the Thundersport GB series together from the point of view of Dave & Steve the motorcycle racers - Not Dave & Syd the motorcycle race organisers. Our whole ethos was to take a clean sheet of paper and put on the kind of event that WE would have wanted to be a part of as a competitor, supporter or sponsor. We knew from our many experiences with others, what worked and what didn’t work. We didn’t want to be viewed as just another kind of Club Race Series, but by the same token we had no aspirations of being anything like British Superbikes or British Touring Cars. We wanted THUNDERSPORT GB to be a totally separate and distinct form of racing in its own right. We call it SPORTSMAN RACING and once you’ve done it, you will understand. We’re not saying that any other racing is inferior, just that it doesn’t tick all the boxes that we wanted ticked. It seems a lot of people agree with us if you look at the level of support we are lucky enough to enjoy.

TWO DAY EVENTS

We knew that two day events were far better value for the competitors than one day events, as all of the ancilliary travelling costs could be split over two days racing. Initially getting the right venues for that was hard, but now we are established we can have pretty much whatever we want, as the venues trust us to put on excellent events that are enjoyed by their paying

customers (the spectators) as much as they are by our customers.

EXCLUSIVE TESTING

We knew that an exclusive Thundersport GB test day preceeding the event would save riders money, as they wouldn’t need to make a prior visit to each circuit for an overpriced track day that would see them circulating in crowded groups of mis-matched machines with road riders. This was (and still is) a huge investment for us, but we simply had to do it in order to make it cost effective for the competitors.

AFFORDABILITY

We also knew that an ideal spacing of events was one every four weeks, or one per pay day wherever possible.

We knew that a geographical variety of venues would make racing fairer, as no circuit specialists would have an advantage and the travelling distances would even themselves out over the course of the year. We did also look at several different “payment plans” including one that gave a discount for paying in advance for the whole season, but we discarded them all as basically flawed. Riders paying in advance for something that we ourselves hadn’t yet paid for in full, struck me as more of an unsecured loan than an advance payment and that just didn’t seem to be an honourable way of doing business.

RACE DAY FORMAT

We knew that a perfect grid format is actually 8.5 grids giving 15 races on

OK, So You’ve Come this far............. It’s Your Choice..... You can go back to Track Days..............or you can find out the TRUTH!

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Day-One of an event and 17 races on Day-Two. We ended up being forced to settle on 9 grids rather than 8 as so many people wanted to race with us. This has actually worked very well. We have consistently refused to increase the number of grids, because regularly trying to exceed an average of 17 races per day inevitably reduces the customer experience and devalues the whole package. Sure, we could put on race programmes of 20 races per day, but they wouldn’t be up to the high standards we have imposed upon ourselves and that leaves no leeway for the inevitable hold ups that are simply a part of racing. Trying to pack too much into an event benefits no one and taking

valuable track time off of your own loyal riders in order to accomodate endless “guest classes” in my opinion is just stupid and greedy. We do have a steady stream of requests for us to make room for various other guest races, but our priority is to provide exactly what we have promised to our registered riders.

SO WHAT ARE THE CORE PRINCIPLES WE ADHERE TO?

Don’t sell short measures. If a publican sells you a pint of beer that is only 80% full you naturally ask them to top it up don’t you? So why accept less than it says on the timetable? We knew that 15 minutes of timed qualifying per class needs to mean

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“THE BULLET IN THE CHAMBER! ” GO THUNDERSPORT !!!!!! Bullet in the Chamber.indd 1

There’s NOTHING quite like that first race start!

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a genuine 15 minutes from green flag to chequered flag. If you cut it short you are selling a short measure and everyone can see that on the bottom of the timing sheets - it has a start time and a chequered flag time - simple maths! Our 3-2-1 minute countdown boards are displayed at 12 minutes, 13 minutes and 14 minutes on the startline to assist riders without pit boards in knowing how far from the end of the timed session we are. Don’t cut corners on practice time. Before you go out to race on the second day of an event, it’s vital that you know that both you and your machine are ready to do so as safely as possible - Day-Two morning warm ups are an important part of ensuring that a rider is ready for the day ahead. We knew that too and whilst the ACU Handbook has no requirement for this, we feel very strongly that there should be an 8-10 minute period made available to every rider at every event, every day. Promote the sport through every media outlet at your disposal. We also wanted to drag our part of the sport into the public arena by creating TV programmes that were much more than just video blogs of “My weekend at Snetterton” that looked as though they could have been put together by a bunch of ten year olds let loose with half a dozen hand held video cameras. In all honesty, our initial attempts at this back in 2008 & 2009 fell well short of what we wanted, but since then we have continually improved the package and we now have an excellent film crew and an absolutely top notch Producer in the form of Miles Adam. He has transformed our broadcast output and the quality of our productions are now second to none. If we had one remaining glitch at the end of last season, it was that Motors TV and the other non-HD broadcasters were unable to match the quality of our footage with an equally high-resolution broadcast quality. In the end, we took the fairly bold step of changing our outputs to internet only via our own i-player and the established video sharing sites @ YouTube - MySpace - Vimeo etc. This has actually boosted our viewing figures significantly and also freed us up to insert our own sponsors adverts


THUNDERSPORT GB BIG IDEAS

The Buzz of swapping paint at the final corner can’t be described into the breaks instead of having to accept the host broadcasters bland & generic advertisers. Our own i-player has full HD capability, so you can view our programmes - plus our Extras package - anytime you like directly through our website and onto any smart TV of any size. We recognise that “on demand” viewing is the future and our outputs are increasingly directed that way.

FOSTER SPORTSMANSHIP AT EVERY OPPORTUNITY.

Our riders also learn pretty quickly that we value Sportsmanship above almost anything else. Winning is the object of the exercise in any competitive sport, but winning without honour is worthless - totally worthless. If you win without honour you have cheated everyone - and when you look back on it you’ll understand that in that final moment you cheated the only person left that really mattered yourself. We try very hard to instill the sporting ethos in everyone who comes into our championship and we are very proud that it resonates with the majority of them and stays with them throughout their careers. We try to reward sporting acts when we see them and encourage others to

In 2008 Thundersport GB created the first class for 250cc 4-stroke GP machines designed to replace 125GP. Moto-3 now runs at Grand-Prix and in 24 other National Championships today. Since 2008 Thundersport GB have created another 12 classes of Road Racing and salvaged 3 ailing series. Thundersport 500 is now the most successful championship anywhere in Europe. Golden Era Supersport & Golden Era Superbikes are not far behind. Thundersport GB had the intention of obtaining widespread TV coverage for our level of racing and good exposure for ordinary racers. All of our broadcast productions are

do so too. available without a satellite dish and without subscription. That is one of the many intangible Last year over 2 million people saw assets that makes what we have in our Thundersport GB TV footage. particular package very special and In 2008 Thundersport GB tried to create it is something created by the riders a 4-stroke replacement class for 250GP themselves.

WE STILL HAVE MANY MORE IDEAS!

machinery. GP2 was intended for up to 650cc twin cylinder 4-strokes in a bespoke chassis. Moto 2 went in a different direction and this idea stalled. It did however spawn the wonderful Aprilia RRV450GP Championship that is such a successful breeding ground for talent now.

We had - and still have - many other ideas that people inside the sport thought were Wacky – Crazy – Impossible (delete as appropriate) but we aren’t afraid of trying things and we will continue to innovate. Some of We will continue to innovate and our ideas work, others don’t and we consider the needs of our customers in our quest to improve the whole sport for are resigned to the fact that others the benefit of all. simply sit back and try to copy the WE THINK YOU’LL LIKE successful ones without ever actually THE WAY WE DO THINGS! understanding them. Have a look at the side panel for some The Casualty List of Clubs of our past ideas and where they (these failed to adapt) went. Astra MCC There are also a list of Road Race Retford & District MCC Clubs that have either ceased to exist Grantham Pegasus MCC or that have quit Road Racing...... Formula 5 Racing most failed to adapt to the changing New Era MCC marketplace - some were simply Kent Racing Combine Derby Pathfinders greedy. Racing 50 Club We intend to not only change with the times, we intend to change the

times!

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Snetterton Combine Port Talbot MCC Gravesend Eagles Bantam Racing Club Borough 19 MCC Triumph Owners Club Clubmans Racing Motor Cycling Club Rochester & Strood MCC Junior Road Racing Assc. Cheshire MCCRRC Crewe & Nantwich MCC Newmarket MCC A1 MCRRC Greenwich MCC Hottrax Motorsport 24 Clubs Lost.


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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 Moto-GP 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.

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SUPERTEEN GRADUATES Casey Stoner Chaz Davies Cal Crutchlow Bradley Smith Sam Lowes Alex Lowes Gino Rea Danny Kent Danny Webb Leon Camier Jake Dixon Steve Brogan Andy Reid Wayne Ryan Fraser Rogers Rory Skinner Charlie Nesbitt Max Cook + Many More....

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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. 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.

CLASS LAP RECORD 54.267 - Adam Shelton


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

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 No Rider Hometown Team Machine cc CL and you will see that a well ridden 2 Stephen Taylor Oakham STR Suzuki 650 S Stocktwin can even get into the top 5 3 Ryan Redman Blackpool British Army Race Team Suzuki 650 S of the overall race result. Supertwin 6 Kasey Wyatt Anerley Team Edge RST Aprilia 450 RRV or Stocktwin - both have that V-twin 9 Alex Taylor Southwater Scott Racing M/cycles Aprilia 450 RRV rumble and both offer superb 11 George Lawson Sittingbourne Cao11mhe Racing Suzuki 650 T competition on a budget that a normal working man can afford. Crack on! 12 Alec Collinson Cobham Collinson Fabrication Kawasaki 400 T

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CLASS LAP RECORDS Supertwins - 50.493 Sam Wilford Stocktwins - 51.915 Tim Jones Aprilia RRV450 - 50.354 James Folkard


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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 £25,000 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 No 2 5 6 7 8 10 18 19 20 25 26 28 30 31 34 43 44 46 47 48 49 50 51 62 65 66 69 70 72 73 74 75 77 82 84 88 91 94 101 108 111 121 184 199

Rider Jordan Rushby Sam Thompson Brendan Mallinder Ryan Varley Michael Evans Sam Holme John Dieterman Lloyd Shelley Chris Dixon Matty Whelan Ryan Cooper Dan Parker Andrew Dudgeon Andy Lee Arnie Shelton Scott Pickles Robert Cresswell Ross Walker William White Alex Laureys Alistair Wright Lewis Barnes Olly Kelly Nick Edgeley Ashley Milburn Dominic Pettit Caolan Irwin Jamie Wilson Max Wadsworth Allister Haynes Curtis Wright Jason Holland Gary Hignett Leon Wilson Ben Wotton Paul Cunvin Lloyd Collins Joe Miller Kurtis Drew Mathew Dawes Aaron Bradley Eoin Collins Dave Twyford Jake Mason

Hometown Beverley Bournemouth Rotherham Leeds Douglas IOM Elvington Preston Burntwood Egremont Barnsley Leeds Wirral Ramsey IOM Shrewsbury Bourne Leeds Basildon Lincoln Watford Balham Duloe Swindon Farnborough Bolney Newhall Cambridge Letterkenny ROI Tatsfield Halifax Cheltenham Stoney Stanton Chalfont St Giles Spalding Eltham Sleaford Wokingham Uckfield Hull Cirencester Studley Nottingham Lisdoonvarna ROI Chesham Leicester

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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.

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THUNDERSPORT GP1 CLASSIC Super-Production Racers from the Millenium Era

The Yamaha R1 moved the goalposts when it was introduced, but now they make a very cheap and affordable Superbike Golden Era Superbikes was designed for the world BEFORE the Yamaha YZF-R1... a world where Superbikes were 750cc 4-cylinder bikes and 1000cc 2-cylinder bikes. Strangely enough the biggest selling large capacity Sportsbike in the 1992-1998 era was in fact the Honda Fireblade and that never really took off as a racing machine in any of its early 900cc derivatives. That wasn’t because it wasn’t a very capable sportsbike, it was just that there was nowhere for it to race on the international stage. Sadly for Honda, that “Glass-Ceiling” lasted until the Fireblade had been surpassed in both weight and power departments by the first R1. The Yamaha YZF-R1 of 1998 completely moved the goalposts and in non-FIM homologated events made everything else obsolete. The big International Road Races such as the NW200, Macau GP and Isle of Man TT Races adapted quickly and welcomed these bikes into their events, gaining big kudos from having the fastest bikes on the planet at the front of their races. Eventually, the FIM, Flammini, BSB and everyone else saw that the R1,

GSXR 1000 and Hondas new on the bench 1000cc Fireblade were the mass market of the future – and Superbike racing was changed forever. Crucially, the capacity advantage that the twin cylinder Ducatis, Aprilias and Hondas had enjoyed against the old 750cc 4 cylinder bikes was wiped out overnight and the fight was for the first time since 1994 an equal one. Thankfully from the point of view of the Italian organisers, the Ducatis were still dominant, but that didn’t last long and the Bologna Bullets soon got a capacity hike to 1200cc. So there was then a world in between the demise of true Superbike racing and the current era of what I like to think of as “All whistles and bells Super-Production racing” which is Superbike racing in the modern era. The simple fact that both WSB and BSB are trying to dumb-down Superbikes into more accessible and marginally more affordable packages shows that technology on this supposedly “road based” series had got out of control sometime during the 2003-2012 period. Never mind, that’s not really my business, but it might make the basis

of a good discussion in the future. Our new class for 2017 “Thundersport GP1 Classic” will be aimed at that bit in the middle of the two eras - True Superbikes like the Golden Era Superbikes and Modern Superbikes where it deemed appropriate to stick headlight decals on to make them look like road bikes. I took the basic defining moment as being the advent of the GSXR 1000 K1. I ran a lot of meetings in that era and it soon became apparent that you either had to have a GSXR 1000 K1, or you would be fighting for 10th place. The Suzuki wasn’t actually that far superior to the early R1s, but it simply had too much grunt engine wise for the old Yamahas to handle on the tighter and twistier British circuits. Knocking the edge off of that power advantage would have made for some great racing, so that is what we have allowed for within our rules. So the eligible models are going to be:-

Yamaha YZF-R1 up to the last 2001 carby model. Suzuki GSXR 1100 all models (including Harris Magnum framed bikes). Honda CBR900RR – 899cc, 919cc, 929cc and the 954cc. Kawasaki ZX9R all models to 2004. Ducati 998cc Testastretta engine bikes. Suzuki GSXR 750 Y, K1, K2, K3 prior to the end of 2003 revamp. Aprilia RSV1000R later than currently allowed in Golden Era Superbikes. Benelli Tornado all models up to 2003. Triumph Daytona 955i all models. **Suzuki GSXR 1000 K1 & K2 (988cc models only) will be permitted with 38mm throttle bodies from the GSXR600 K1 or with 38mm inlet restrictors fitted to the original 42mm throttle bodies after the butterfly.

Although this class will initially run alongside the current Golden Era Superbikes, it is a separate and distinct championship which we envisage growing to the point where both championships occupy their own grids in future years.


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GOLDEN ERA NO GIMMICKS - SUPERBIKES OF THE 90s 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 1

Rider

Hometown

Team

Machine

cc

CL

Mark Biswell

Aylesbury

Bizzle Bikesport

Triumph

955

SBK

6

Ron Fry

Hartley

Rocket Racing

Kawasaki

750

SBK

8

Luca Licheri

London

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Honda

1000

FM

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Ross Dunning

East Grinstead

RD Racing

Suzuki

750

GP1C

10

Jason Dixon

Grantham

Team Dixon

Yamaha

750

SBK

14

Brad Davey

Abingdon

Moto 14

Ducati

916

SBK

19

Paul Stonebanks

New Romney

Tagg Racing

Yamaha

750

SBK

20

Andy Challis

Peterborough

Team CT Racing

Suzuki

750

SBK

24

Daz Ball

Bodorgan

DAZ Ball Racing

Kawasaki

750

SBK

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Ben Webster

Southampton

Team Hopeless

Yamaha

1000

GP1C

31

Mateusz Dankowski

Crewe

MD Racing

Kawasaki

750

SBK

35

Shane Pearson

Borrowash

TWP Racing

Yamaha

1000

GP1C

40

Michael Gover

Southampton

TH Racing

Yamaha

1000

GP1C

42

Thomas Arkell

Shrewsbury

Royal Marines Motorsport

Kawasaki

750

SBK

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Kevin Howdle

Cannock

Alpha Hair Academy

Honda

1000

GP1C

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Ian Feeley

Corbridge

IF Racing

Honda

1100

GP1C

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Andrew Feeley

North Walbottle

AF Racing

Suzuki

1000

GP1C

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Ryan Strafford

Mirfield

Strafford Racing

Honda

1000

SBK

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Ritchie Thornton

Surbiton

Team 71

Kawasaki

750

SBK

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Julyan Pilloy

Reading

JP Racing

Suzuki

750

GP1C

88

Kevin Liddle

Stainton

KLM Motorsport

Yamaha

750

SBK

101

Colin Mooney

Stockton on Tees

KLM / Triple S

Yamaha

750

SBK

114

Jon Wright

Shrewsbury

Controls & Safety Ltd

Suzuki

750

GP1C

221

Ryan Leadbitter

Ash

Rideworx TDM Racing

BMW

1000

FM

CLASS LAP RECORD Golden Era Superbike 49.583 Richard Blunt


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THUNDERSPORT GP1 THE BADDEST BULLETS ON THE BLOCK! 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?)................

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Rider Jordan Rushby Chris Dickinson Sam Osborne Kyle O'Donovan Nick Williamson Peter Baker Ben Scranage Nico Mawhinney Gary Woodward Joe Faragher Chris Barnes Andrew Dudgeon Richard White Gary Hutchinson Colin Parker Michael Neeves Stuart Goodson Jack Croucher Paul McClung Lara Small Ash Stone Nick Edgeley Phil Crowe David Brook Chris Burrage Jamie Tibble Anthony Van Looy Mark Sykes Lee Williams Callum O'Shea Ben Crowe David Murphy Sonny Martin Sam McFarlane Terry Merritt Charlie Morris Barry Teasdale

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This race has 3 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 for riders who are yet to obtain their Full Clubman Licence. 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!

CLASS LAP RECORD 47.368 - Phil Crowe


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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 No 4 5 6 7 8 9 11 15 21 26 27 28 32 34 40 42 43 45 47 49 52 53 58 61 62 64 66 78 80 83 85 87 89 90 91 96 97 100 111 119 122 133 189 300 611 811

Rider Charlie White Marc Harrison Paul McDonald Zsolt Bardi Tom Hill Nathan Salkeld Will Harper Joseph Addy Stephen Thomas Karl Chamley Brian Fuidge Michael Coxon Ben Bailey Chris Lavisher Jack Gover Martin Farrelly Jane Nixon Chris Curtis Zac Oultram AJ McDaniel Samuel Mousley Jason Siggs Liam Warren Russell Powell Danny Williams Pete Riches Tom Johnson Karl Seaton Stephen Kimmings Jonathan Pilling Neil Goodson Tony Norris Liam Dale James Edwards Ian Norris Cemal Oram Sam Graham Steven Bentley Nathan Bridgland Alun Brooks Paul Wilson Max Bailey Scott Burgess Kingsan Ho James Dickinson Liam Duffett

Hometown Southampton Burbage Bracknell Burnt Oak Chesham Upavon Desborough Gilberdyke Salisbury Bradford Poole Stockton Bourne Newbury Southampton Hinckley Sleaford Stoulton Manchester Huntingdon Swansea Heathfield Spalding Shrewsbury Folkestone Gosport Newport Bury Orsett Abergavenny High Wycombe Hull Bradford Amersham Holmer Green Bristol Guildford Norwich Sedlescombe Welshpool Dormansland Blackpool Colchester Nantwich Preston Guildford

Team Royal Marines Motorsport Harrison Racing Mac Racing Bardi Racing Unraceables British Army Race Team MSG Racing Suzuki Addy Racing British Army Race Team Webuyanybike Racing Royal Marines Motorsport British Army Race Team Ben Bailey Racing LBR Racing TH Racing FAF Racing Nixon Racing MSG Racing Suzuki Konect Racing RS Racing UWTSD Orthrus Racing Siggs Racing South Lincs Leisure Powell Racing British Army Race Team PR Racing Satellite Finance KSR SK Racing RAF MSA Unraceables TNR Hull Barrett Steel Racing Mish Racing Nozza Racing Royal Navy Motorsports SG Racing SB Racing Bridgland Racing Brooks Boyz Racing PW Racing MB Racing SB Racing UK Racehomes Team JDR MFM Track Bikes

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

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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 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. We also have 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 RECORDS Sport 49.568 - Dean Mulcahy F/Man 52.701 - Alex Laureys


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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

Machine

cc

CL

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Chris Hellewell

Rotherham

Sparklight Racing

Yamaha

600

SS

3

Adrian Bridges

Solihull

Sparklight Racing

Yamaha

600

SS

4

Richard Harrison

Cleasby

EB Racing

Yamaha

600

SS

5

Robert Goodall

Chichester

Sandell Racing

Yamaha

600

SS

7

Dave Grace

Derby

Peter Pan Racing

Yamaha

600

SS

10

Robert Dodd

Chester

Limely

Honda

600

SF

14

Brad Davey

Abingdon

Motovation

Ducati

748

SF

16

Luke MacRae

Billingshurst

MacRae Racing

Yamaha

600

SS

24

Andy Scanlon

Thatcham

Stubble Racing

Yamaha

600

SS

31

Steve Chadwick

Milnthorpe

SC Racing

Yamaha

600

SS

32

Chris Froggatt

Chichester

Froggatt Racing

Yamaha

600

SS

53

Rob Mawbey

Derby

Racing Lines Tyres

Yamaha

600

SS

56

Phil Cox

Maldon

AF Switchgear

Yamaha

600

SS

57

Alan Curtis

Helston

Royal Navy Motorsport

Honda

600

SS

58

Andrew Goodsell

Icklesham

AG Racing

Yamaha

600

SF

63

Adam Darnell

Ringwood

Sparklight Racing

Yamaha

600

SS

65

David Langley

Dereham

RAF MSA / Ashtons

Honda

600

SF

72

Dave Curtis

Hastings

DC Racing

Ducati

748

SF

75

Max Wilmot

Gosport

Royal Navy Motorsport

Yamaha

600

SS

95

David White

Barnstaple

Royal Navy Motorsport

Yamaha

600

SS

96

Ian Evans

Chepstow

British Army Race Team

Honda

600

SF

114

Jon Wright

Shrewsbury

Controls & Safety Ltd

Honda

600

SF

CLASS LAP RECORDS

Supersport = 51.33 Karl Foster Steelsport - 54.181 Dave Langley


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GB RACING SUPPORTING OUR ARMED FORCES No

Rider

Hometown

Team

Machine

cc

3

Ryan Redman

Blackpool

British Army Race Team

Suzuki

650

4

Charlie White

Southampton

Royal Marines Motorsport

Triumph

675

9

Nathan Salkeld

Upavon

British Army Race Team

Suzuki

600

21

Stephen Thomas

Salisbury

British Army Race Team

Triumph

675

27

Brian Fuidge

Poole

Royal Marines Motorsport

Suzuki

600

28

Michael Coxon

Stockton

British Army Race Team

Suzuki

600

28

Jonathan Hunt

Portsmouth

Royal Marines Motorsport

Honda

500

34

Ian McGann

Hounslow

British Army Race Team

Suzuki

650

36

Stuart Goodson

Southsea

Royal Navy Motorsport

Suzuki

1000

42

Thomas Arkell

Shrewsbury

Royal Marines Motorsport

Kawasaki

750

45

Andrew Castle

Lincoln

RAF MSA

Suzuki

650

54

Lara Small

Oakwood

British Army Race Team

Ducati

1198

55

Ben Rainbow

Plymouth

RAF MSA

Suzuki

650

57

Alan Curtis

Helston

Royal Navy Motorsport

Honda

600

62

Danny Williams

Folkestone

British Army Race Team

Triumph

675

65

David Langley

Dereham

RAF MSA

Honda

600

72

Bobby Campbell

Lincoln

RAF MSA

Honda

500

74

Andrew Day

Chippenham

British Army Race Team

Ducati

800

75

Max Wilmot

Gosport

Royal Navy Motorsport

Yamaha

600

77

Gary Hignett

Spalding

RAF MSA

Honda

600

83

Jonathan Pilling

Abergavenny

RAF MSA

Yamaha

600

88

Paul Cunvin

Wokingham

RAF MSA

Honda

600

91

Emma Field

Barton u Humber

RAF MSA

Suzuki

650

95

David White

Barnstaple

Royal Navy Motorsport

Yamaha

600

96

Cemal Oram

Bristol

Royal Navy Motorsports

Suzuki

600

97

Lee Howarth

Westbourne

Royal Marines Motorsport

Honda

500

196

Jason Markham

Salisbury

British Army Race Team

Suzuki

650

961

Ian Evans

Chepstow

British Army Race Team

Honda

600

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The GB Racing British Military Inter Services Championship enters its 6th season with Thundersport GB in 2017. 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) Mallory Park (June) Rockingham (July) Donington Park (October)


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2017 CHAMPIONSHIP DATES & VENUES Premier Motorcycle Protection

DAY

DATE

LOCATION

EVENT

FRIDAY

17TH FEBRUARY

DONINGTON PARK

ACU-CTC COURSE

SATURDAY 18TH FEBRUARY

DONINGTON PARK

ACU-CTC COURSE

FRIDAY

3RD MARCH

BRANDS HATCH (INDY)

TESTING

SATURDAY 4TH MARCH

BRANDS HATCH (INDY)

INVICTA CHALLENGE

SUNDAY

5TH MARCH

BRANDS HATCH (INDY)

INVICTA CHALLENGE

FRIDAY

24TH MARCH

DONINGTON PARK (GP)

TESTING

SATURDAY 25TH MARCH

DONINGTON PARK (GP)

ROBERT FEARNALL TROPHY

SUNDAY

DONINGTON PARK (GP)

ROBERT FEARNALL TROPHY

SATURDAY 29TH APRIL

SNETTERTON (200)

TESTING

SUNDAY

30TH APRIL

SNETTERTON (200)

ACE OF CLUBS

MONDAY

1ST MAY

SNETTERTON (200)

ACE OF CLUBS

SATURDAY 27TH MAY

CADWELL PARK

TESTING

SUNDAY

28TH MAY

CADWELL PARK

KING OF THE MOUNTAIN

MONDAY

29TH MAY

CADWELL PARK

KING OF THE MOUNTAIN

THURSDAY 22ND JUNE

MALLORY PARK

TESTING

SATURDAY 24TH JUNE

MALLORY PARK

MASTER OF MALLORY

SUNDAY

25TH JUNE

MALLORY PARK

MASTER OF MALLORY

FRIDAY

28TH JULY

ROCKINGHAM (INT)

TESTING

SATURDAY 29TH JULY

ROCKINGHAM (INT)

THUNDER AT THE ROCK

SUNDAY

ROCKINGHAM (INT)

THUNDER AT THE ROCK

26TH MARCH

30TH JULY

SATURDAY 26TH AUGUST

ANGLESEY COASTAL

TESTING

SUNDAY

27TH AUGUST

ANGLESEY COASTAL

MOTO SUPER-PRIX OF WALES

MONDAY

28TH AUGUST

ANGLESEY COASTAL

MOTO SUPER-PRIX OF WALES

FRIDAY

22ND SEPTEMBER OULTON PARK

TESTING /QUALIFYING

SATURDAY 23RD SEPTEMBER OULTON PARK

ADAM BOYLE TROPHY

FRIDAY

20TH OCTOBER

DONINGTON PARK (NAT) TESTING

SATURDAY 21ST OCTOBER

DONINGTON PARK (NAT) CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS

SUNDAY

DONINGTON PARK (NAT) CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS

22ND OCTOBER

All above rounds count towards the Thundersport GB Championship and Thundersport GB Cup for all classes. www.thundersportgb.com

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Why Brands Hatch in March? Our championship is designed around having 9 rounds on 9 different circuits, spaced ideally so that there is one event every 4 weeks. Putting all of that into a calendar means that we are set with a start date in early March and an end date in mid-late October. Getting that lot planned and contracted takes a fair bit of juggling, particularly as we always want to start the season at Brands Hatch due to the warmer/drier climate down in the South-East. It is also a great track for quick fire action in almost any conditions. Geographically Brands Hatch is better placed to fulfil what we need from an early start than any other venue. I wouldn’t fancy Knockhill in early March to be honest. The range of challenges provided by each different circuit is also very important in making the whole championship a varied and exciting challenge. It would be no good having every round at a flat circuit with enormously long straights joined up by hairpin bends, which is probably why all the old airfield circuits have died out. Likewise multiple visits to Brands Hatch with its frantic twists and turns would be pretty tedious and would obviously favour a particular type of rider. A proper challenge is something that favours no individual rider by circuit type or location. Once we are into the milder weather, geographical location becomes less important although we do still err on the side of caution and keep our annual visit to Anglesey as an August event. The whole thing is a balancing act, but one thing is for sure, the riders that come out on top at the end of the year are the ones who rose to the challenge of the best and most varied ACU championship in the country.

Brands Hatch

Oulton Park

Donington Park

Rockingham

Snetterton

Mallory Park

Cadwell Park

Anglesey


Brands hatch programme complete  
Brands hatch programme complete  

Brands Hatch 2017 Event Programme

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