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THUNDERSPORT GB

CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016

Premier Motorcycle Protection

Rounds 3 & 4 27th & 28th March 2016

THE HOME OF SPORTSMAN RACING


SUNDAY 27TH MARCH 9.00am

15 minutes Qualifying Crank Racing Thundersport 500 (Group A)

9.18am

15 minutes Qualifying Crank Racing Thundersport 500 (Group B)

9.36am

15 minutes Qualifying Avon Tyres Supertwins & HMT Stocktwins

9.54am

15 minutes Qualifying

10.12am

15 minutes Qualifying

10.30am

15 minutes Qualifying

A&R Racing Pre-National Sport 600 RST - Dunlop Aprilia Challenge Sparklight Golden Era Supersport 10.48am

15 minutes Qualifying GB Racing 600 Sportsman Elite

11.06am

15 minutes Qualifying Dymag Golden Era Superbike & GP1 Freshman

11.24am

15 minutes Qualifying Stewart Events Thundersport GP1

RACE 1 - 10 Laps (11.45am) Crank Racing Thundersport 500 Championship RACE 2 - 10 Laps (12.05pm) Avon Tyres Supertwins & HMT Stocktwins RACE 3 - 10 Laps (12.25pm) Crank Racing Thundersport 500 Cup RACE 4 - 10 Laps (12.45pm) A&R Racing Pre-National Sport & Selco Freshman 600 LUNCH BREAK RACE 5 - 14 Laps (1.45pm) Stewart Events Thundersport GP1 Elite RACE 6 - 10 Laps (2.10pm) RST - Dunlop Aprilia Challenge RACE 7 - 14 Laps (2.30pm) GB Racing 600 Sportsman Elite RACE 8 - 10 Laps (2.55pm) Dymag Golden Era Superbike & GP1 Freshman RACE 9 - 10 Laps (3.15pm) Sparklight Golden Era Supersport RACE 10 - 14 Laps (3.35pm) “MONEX EUROPE THUNDERSPORT GP1 SPORTSMAN & ROBERT FEARNALL TROPHY ” RACE 11 - 10 Laps (4.00pm) Crank Racing Thundersport 500 Championship RACE 12 - 10 Laps (4.20pm) Avon Tyres Supertwins & HMT Stocktwins RACE 13 - 10 Laps (4.40pm) Crank Racing Thundersport 500 Cup RACE 14 - 10 Laps (5.00pm) A&R Racing Pre-National Sport & Selco Freshman 600 RACE 15 - 10 Laps (5.20pm) RST - Dunlop Aprilia Challenge RACE 16 - 10 Laps (5.40pm) Dymag Golden Era Superbike & GP1 Freshman RACE 17 - 10 Laps (6.00pm) Sparklight Golden Era Supersport

THUNDERSPORT GB RACE DAY TIMETABLES


MONDAY 28TH MARCH 9.00am

8 minutes Warm Up sessions

There are 7 Warm Up Sessions prior to the commencement of racing. These are split in classes as detailed on competitors Final Instructions ends @ 10.15am RACE 1 - 10 Laps (10.20am) Crank Racing Thundersport 500 Championship RACE 2 - 10 Laps (10.40am) Avon Tyres Supertwins & HMT Stocktwins RACE 3 - 10 Laps (11.00am) Crank Racing Thundersport 500 Cup RACE 4 - 10 Laps (11.20am) A&R Racing Pre-National Sport & Selco Freshman 600 RACE 5 - 14 Laps (11.40am) Stewart Events Thundersport GP1 Elite RACE 6 - 10 Laps (12.05pm) RST - Dunlop Aprilia Challenge RACE 7 - 14 Laps (12.25pm) GB Racing 600 Sportsman Elite RACE 8 - 10 Laps (12.50pm) Dymag Golden Era Superbike & GP1 Freshman LUNCH BREAK RACE 9 - 14 Laps (1.50pm) “MONEX EUROPE THUNDERSPORT GP1 SPORTSMAN & ROBERT FEARNALL TROPHY ” RACE 10 - 10 Laps (2.15pm) Sparklight Golden Era Supersport RACE 11- 10 Laps (2.35pm) Crank Racing Thundersport 500 Championship RACE 12 - 10 Laps (2.55pm) Avon Tyres Supertwins & HMT Stocktwins RACE 13 - 10 Laps (3.15pm) Crank Racing Thundersport 500 Cup RACE 14 - 10 Laps (3.35pm) A&R Racing Pre-National Sport & Selco Freshman 600 RACE 15 - 14 Laps (3.55pm) Stewart Events Thundersport GP1 Elite RACE 16 - 10 Laps (4.20pm) RST - Dunlop Aprilia Challenge RACE 17 - 14 Laps (4.40pm)

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GB Racing 600 Sportsman Elite RACE 18 - 10 Laps (5.05pm) Dymag Golden Era Superbike & GP1 Freshman RACE 19 - 14 Laps (5.25pm) Monex Europe Thundersport GP1 Sportsman RACE 20 - 10 Laps (5.45pm) Sparklight Golden Era Supersport


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. 009 ACU Permit No. ACU 46179 Outline Flags and other signals used at this meeting: (full details are shown in the ACU Handbook a copy of which is available for inspection in the Race Administration).

OUTLINE FLAGS AND OTHER SIGNALS

RED LIGHTS - May be extinguished as the signal to start races. May be illuminated to stop races or practice NATIONAL FLAG - May be used as the signal to start races GREEN FLAG - Indicates that the track is clear YELLOW FLAG - This Flag indicates that there is danger ahead. Overtaking in this sector is forbidden YELLOW /RED STRIPED FLAG - This indicates a lack of adhesion in this sector. Oil, Water or another substance (debris) on track RED FLAG - The race or practice session is stopped. Riders must return slowly to the pits or as directed by the marshals YELLOW I BLACK CROSS - This flag is shown at the startline at the beginning of the last lap. OHEQUERED FLAG - Indicates the end of the race or practice session NOTICE: MOTOR SPORTS CAN BE DANGEROUS! Despite the organisers taking all reasonable precautions, unavoidable accidents can happen. Please comply with all instructions of marshals and notices and remain in permitted areas only. THEY ARE CONCERNED WITH YOUR SAFETY

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CLERK OF THE COURSE Dave Stewart

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

RACE SECRETARY Bernadette Stewart

ASSISTANT RACE SECRETARY Joanne Lumb - Angie Matthews

CHIEF TECHNICAL STEWARDS

CHIEF MARSHAL John Pedersen

CHIEF INCIDENT OFFICER Mark Lumb

SOUND CONTROL

Rodger Wadey (Senior)

OFFICIALS & ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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

DEPUTY CLERK OF THE COURSE Paul Matthews

STARTLINE OFFICIALS Dave Richardson (Chief) Mark Lumb (Deputy)

RACE CONTROL Joanne Page

ASSEMBLY AREA

Norman Lowes Margaret Lowes - Rosey Ferguson

RECOVERY TEAM

Dan Wesley / Tom Freeman Keith Goldsmith / Dan Uttley

ACU STEWARD John Ward

TIMEKEEPERS TSL Timing

CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER Bob Winter

AMBULANCE SERVICE Inter County Paramedic

COMMENTATORS

Robin Murphy - John Ward

CIRCUIT MANAGER

Rob Patterson (01332 819525)


CIRCULAR TRIANGLES Mistakes are inevitable, it’s how you deal with them that people remember......

On the grid, on the pitwall, in Race Control or in the stands - we are all mutually dependant. There have been quite a few controversies recently regarding organisational decisions, regulation updates and the level of preparation of events. Whilst social media can be an incredibly useful tool in many respects, it can sometimes turn fairly innocuous misunderstandings into full scale slanging matches with very little warning. People do not behave the same way in cyber-space as they do in the real world and sometimes we forget that. The case of the new National Speedway Stadium in Manchester is a case in point. Belle Vue Aces were proud to launch the new venue with an all star cast of International riders, including World Champion Tai Woffenden, yet it turned into an unmitigated disaster. With all of the pre-event promotion done and the stadium filled to capacity with over 5,000 spectators, you would have thought that all the hard work was

done. It all went wrong when the assembled riders looked at the circuit and declared it unfit to ride on though. Spectators were kept hanging on in some confusion, until they eventually were given the bad news. Whilst nobody would have deliberately have got into that situation, there were opportunities along the way to minimise the damage that were not taken. A practice session the day before had thrown up the distinct possibility of the track not being ready. At that point brave decisions needed to be made and sometimes the bravest is also the safest – cancellation before anyone has been alienated. Social media went mad, castigating all and sundry for the errors. Many people who joined in that witch-hunt may not have done so if things had been handled a little differently. Brave men of integrity nearly always

receive understanding when they make tough decisions for the right reasons. One of my own ongoing issues over the past couple of seasons has been the creeping cost of Superstock machinery compared to full Supersport models. Cost control no longer cuts much ice when the price difference comes down to less than 15% overall. I looked at the relative performance of the bikes and came to the conclusion that Superstock was pointless as it was no longer a cheaper option and there was little or no performance difference. I knew that canning the Superstock class might be controversial and even unpopular in some circles, so the announcement was made as soon as the flag had dropped on the 2015 season and I answered all criticism personally as honestly as possible. What we have now created in our new class structure of Elite,


Sportsman, Freshman is proving to be better in almost every respect and everyone can see that. World Supersport seems to have come to a very similar conclusion and the Superstock 600s will now be amalgamated into the Supersport grid. In the USA, the AMA have now followed suit and done the same thing. The BSB organisers took a slightly different route and modified the Superstock regulations in order to slow down the Superstockers and reestablish a performance difference, which is probably the right thing to do for their own business model. The actual timing of that announcement caused a few problems, but because the correct (yet difficult) decisions were made and any relevant questions were addressed head on, everyone affected accepted the new rules. That didn’t stop the social media trolls from trying to insinuate that it was done in the wrong way, but the BSB organisers were able to tough it out purely because they were correct with the actual decision itself. Which brings me on to Moto-GP........ Enough has been said and written about the last two races of the 2015 season without the requirement for me to go over old ground. I would make it known though that the organisers didn’t exactly cover themselves in glory over the handling of the whole situation and now seem to be trying to spin the positive line that as it brought MotoGP to a wider audience it therefore must have been a good thing. Sometimes I truly despair! Then last weekend saw more chaos at the start of the Moto 2 race in which six riders were given ride through penalties, yet two others were simply given 20 second penalties for the same offence. That simply cannot be right when we are talking about the so called pinnacle of the sport with every concievable gadget at their disposal. Subsequent statements regarding issues with the jump start equipment do not help when even sitting at home some 2,000 miles away it was obvious to me that the most blatant offender was one of the riders given the

lesser penalty. Instead of blaming the equipment, the braver thing to do would be simply to hold up your hands and say “I got it wrong!” People understand and relate to that much more positively than you might imagine. This whole sport works as a very simple “circular triangle” of trust and understanding. The riders understand that the officials are doing their best to keep everyone safe and at the same time also attempting to create a fair field of play. The organisers have to create a certain amount of hype in order to keep the public interested and entertained. The public in turn understand that things don’t always

go according to plan, but as long as everyone is doing their best to entertain and interest them they accept those imperfections for what they are - just talking points. When things go wrong honesty is the best policy and for every sniping ‘cyber-bullet’ fired by someone with too much time on their hands or too little going on in their life, there are hundreds of people who simply read and understand the integrity behind the statement. One of my Grandfathers favourite sayings was:- “The man who never made a mistake, never made anything!”

Dave



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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. 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 No Rider Hometown Team Machine cc CL 1 Joe Barton Wakefield HB Motorcycles Honda 500 T couple of these races you’ll never look at 2 Elliott Humphrey Scunthorpe Rat Out Racing Honda 500 T one of these staid commuter bikes in quite 7 Dave Grace Mickleover Capital Windows Honda 500 T the same way again. The 500 Seniors 8 Harley Smith Driffield British Army Race Team Honda 500 T championship caters for riders of 40 years of 9 Dean Armstrong Seaham Armstrong Racing Honda 500 T age or older on 1st March of any given racing 11 Mark Leaning Scunthorpe Old Man Racing Honda 500 S season. Some of these lads are fulfilling a 12 Gary Cooper Leeds Coops Racing Honda 500 S 14 Ben Coyle Aintree Ben Coyle Racing Honda 500 T long term ambition to race that they simply 15 Daniel Capper Middlewich Team BGC Honda 500 T didn’t have the resources to satisfy when they 17 Dave Moss Deeside JCM Racing Honda 500 S were younger. When you see the level of skill 20 Dave Beswick Derby DB Racing Honda 500 S displayed by some of them, you have to think 21 James Lee Stockton One Way Round Racing Honda 500 T that they could have made a pretty good living 25 Ben Martin Dover BM Racing Honda 500 F at it if circumstances had been different. We 26 Matthew Poncia Attleborough Poncia Brothers Racing Honda 500 T also include a Freshman Championship for 27 John O'Toole Derby Campbells Racing Honda 500 T 29 Robert Carver Barnsley CJ Accessories Honda 500 F newcomers to racing and these are identified 31 Nick Clift St Albans AC Bikes Honda 500 T by an “F” on the grid listing and by their bright 32 Will Leaning Scunthorpe Slower Brother Racing Honda 500 T orange novice bibs on track. 35 Kevin Sweeney Crewe Megans Daddy Honda 500 S Dunlop Alpha 13 control tyres keep it all even 37 Matthew Currie Nottingham JBM Racing Honda 500 F in the rubber department so the rider at the 38 Mick Marshall Rawmarsh Rare Fast Racing Honda 500 S front is truly there on merit. 39 Matt Stevens Nuneaton Team No Chance Honda 500 S 40 Rob Aimable Dover RA Racing Honda 500 F If you’ve always wanted to have a go at 41 Craig Cameron Stoke on Trent CMC Motorcycles Honda 500 S racing, but either thought you couldn’t afford 45 Chris Whyte Hornsea Team Whyte Racing Honda 500 T it, or you had left it too late - go and have a 46 Chris Satchwell Harpenden Satchwell Racing Honda 500 S chat with some of the 500 competitors this 47 Mark Shore Liskeard Blast Racing Honda 500 FS weekend. 48 Allan Brookbanks Newcastle AB Racing Honda 500 S 49 50 51 52 54 57 58 59 60 61 62 65 66 67 68 70 73 75 76 77 78 82 85 86 87 88 89 92 93 94 101 106 108 111 116 117 121 142 144 149 167 172 177 185 222 321 333

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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 nonperformance enhancing part may No Rider Hometown Team Machine cc CL be used regardless of whether it 3 Ryan Redman Blackpool British Army Race Team Suzuki 650 S is from the original manufacturer 6 Jimmy Buchanan London No Guts No Glory Suzuki 650 S or not. 7 Ryan Farquhar Dungannon NI KMR Kawasaki Kawasaki 650 T Both classes create great racing 8 Andy Driver Bromley Sundridge Windows MuZ 690 T and you will see that a well 14 Will Hodgson Wigan Ron Hodgson Cars Aprilia 450 T ridden Stocktwin can even get into the top 5 of the overall race 17 Jonny Towers Coton in Elms Team Edge RST Kawasaki 650 T result. Supertwin or Stocktwin 19 Neil Schofield Barnsley Schofield Racing Suzuki 650 S both have that V-twin rumble and 24 Jonathan Perry Winsford JPR Kawasaki Kawasaki 650 T both offer superb competition on 25 Stuart Szulczewski Grantham ALS Racing Suzuki 650 S a budget that a normal working 26 Daniel Taylor Kirton Lindsey Direct Commercials Suzuki 650 T man can afford. Crack on! 28 32 33 34 35 37 39 42 43 49 50 55 60 68 69 70 71 72 76 77 78 79 85 96 98 111 121 128 131 133

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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 “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. 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 No Rider Hometown Team Machine cc CL Sportsman Elite races as well in 3 Rich Richardson Kingswood Classical Racing Yamaha 600 S 5 Chris Curtis Worcester Speckled Hen Racing Suzuki 600 S order to measure their progress. 7 Antony Nicholls Dungannon NI KMR Kawasaki Kawasaki 600 S As with all 600cc production 10 Sam Holme Elvington Sam Holme Racing Kawasaki 600 S based formulae, the Pre11 Will Harper Desborough MSG Racing Suzuki Suzuki 600 S National 600 Sport & Freshman 12 Nathan Bridgland Seddlescombe Bridgland Racing Yamaha 600 F classes races on “Road-Legal” 13 Lewis Brooks Burton on Trent Brooks Racing Kawasaki 600 S treaded tyres unless a “Wet 14 Daniel Jones Solihull DJ Racing Honda 600 F Race” is declared, in which 19 Lloyd Shelley Burntwood Shelley Racing Triumph 675 S case tyre choice is free. There 23 Andrew Evans Carnforth Andrew Evans Racing Yamaha 600 F are no restrictions on the brand 25 Adam Shepherd Barton u Humber Shepherd Racing Kawasaki 600 S of tyre used and all major 33 Jeff Crowden Great Oakley RLM Bikesport Yamaha 600 F manufacturers are 34 Chris Lavisher Newbury LBR Racing Triumph 675 S represented. 36 39 40 46 48 49 50 55 58 59 63 65 66 68 69 70 79 80 81 84 85 87 89 91 93 95 99 100 108 111 113 122 131 888

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Pre-National 600 FreshmanPoints 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Liam Dale Daniel Jones Alex Laureys Neil England Andrew Evans Mark Smith Neil Goodson Tom Hill Nathan Bridgland CLASS LAP RECORD 1.12.153 - Dean Mulcahy

78 63 61 60 45 39 36 26 23


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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?)................ This race usually 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. The “Sportsman” riders today have their own stand alone championship and grid which you can find on page 27 along with the riders contesting the Robert Fearnall Trophy, which is the main event here at Donington Park this weekend - and there is also a “Freshman” category for riders who are yet to obtain their Full Clubman Licence. This weekend there are so many riders here that the Freshman class can be found sharing a grid with the Golden Era Superbikes on page 23. All categories of GP1 rider may No Rider Hometown Team Machine cc CL use any tyre, slick or treaded 2 Josh Day Swindon Crank Racing Kawasaki 1000 E and even 16.5 inch rims if 4 Craig Neve Immingham Callmac Flexi Hydraulic Kawasaki 1000 E desired. There is an open 5 Curtis Rothwell Bolton Rothwell Racing Suzuki 1000 E tyre policy in most classes at Thundersport GB and Michelin, 7 Ryan Farquhar Dungannon NI KMR Kawasaki Kawasaki 1000 E Dunlop, Avon, Continental and 11 Stephen Parsons Milnthorpe Giraffe Racing Kawasaki 1000 E the other brands all put a lot 12 Ben Scranage Bolton Scranage Racing Kawasaki 1000 E of effort into getting their men 13 Richard Blunt Bury St Edmunds Portico Sport Kawasaki 1000 E onto the podium. If one brand 18 Dan Hegarty Bingham RTR M/cycles Kawasaki 1000 E dominates the podium, the rest 21 Chris Barnes Preston AP Broome Racing Kawasaki 1000 E of the riders very swiftly switch to that brand. 29 Kingsley Ruddy Barnsley KOR Racing Kawasaki 1000 E This is a VERY big marketing 31 Jack Croucher London JC Racing Kawasaki 1000 E exercise, because over 1,200 33 Michael Neeves Peterborough Prime Factors Racing BMW 1000 E tyres will be used at pretty 36 Colin Parker Letchworth Global Robots Yamaha 1000 E much every Thundersport GB 39 Kevin Sweeney Crewe Megans Daddy Kawasaki 1000 E meeting. 44 Stuart Martin Nettleton Ian Martin Motors Kawasaki 1000 E That’s well over £1,000,000 worth of tyres each season 45 Ed Pead Northampton Edward Pead Yamaha 600 E without even counting tyres 50 Steven Patterson Haddington GSP Racing Yamaha 1000 E used for out of season testing!

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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 No Rider Hometown Team Machine cc Class THE MOST SUCCESSFUL ONE MAKE SERIES IN THE WORLD! 3 Ben Ashcroft Warrington Ashcroft Racing Aprilia 125 ST 6 Kasey Wyatt Beckenham Team Edge RST Racing Aprilia 450 GP Aprilia RRV450GP Points 7 William Caines Shirley Fire System Services Aprilia 450 GP 8 Connor Thomson Horley CRT Racing Aprilia 450 ST 1 Will Caines 75 9 Alex Taylor Southwater Scott Racing M/cycles Aprilia 450 GP 2 Sam Cox 74 13 Jake Clark Bromsgrove Jake Clark Racing Aprilia 125 ST 3 Caolan Irwin 58 14 Will Hodgson Wigan Ron Hodgson Cars Aprilia 450 GP 4 Danny Booth 55 18 Jodie Fieldhouse Worle Go Pink Racing Aprilia 125 ST 5 Ross Simpson 46 24 Max Lofthouse Burnley Lofty Racing Aprilia 125 ST 6 Matty Rangeley 39 26 Alex Wood Shiptonthorpe CWP Alex Wood Racing Aprilia 450 GP 7 Alex Taylor 35 39 Connor Sellors Nantwich KJD Racing Aprilia 450 GP 8 Conor Wheeler 25 48 Harry Phillips Leicester Dirty Harry Racing Aprilia 450 GP 9 Kasey Wyatt 23 50 Aditya Behal Maidenhead Titan Racing Aprilia 125 ST 10 Will Hodgson 22 54 Sam Cox Maldon RSR Motorsport Aprilia 450 GP Aprilia Superteen Points 55 Jack Scott Luton JJ Racing Aprilia 125 ST 58 Trystan Finocchiaro Redditch Transmec Group Aprilia 450 GP 1 Rhys Irwin 71 66 Rhys Irwin Letterkenny ROI Scott Racing M/cycles Aprilia 450 ST 2 Max Lofthouse 58 69 Caolan Irwin Donegal Scott Racing M/cycles Aprilia 450 GP 3 Jack Scott 57 73 Cameron Tenzing-Jenkins Callander JDF Racing Aprilia 450 GP 4 Kade Verwey 57 76 Luke Verwey Silverstone Team XG Group Aprilia 125 ST 5 Laurence Edgeley 47 6 Jake Clark 35 77 Kade Verwey Silverstone Team XG Group Aprilia 450 ST 7 Connor Thomson 35 78 Matthew Bower Sheffield M D Racing Aprilia 125 ST 8 Adi Behal 34 88 Harry Leigh Hathern KJD Racing Aprilia 125 ST 9 Jodie Fieldhouse 33 93 Matty Rangeley Hull Humberside Excavations Aprilia 450 GP 10 Harry Leigh 28 94 Ross Simpson Chessington JDF Racing Aprilia 450 GP 96 Conor Wheeler Hatfield JDF Racing Aprilia 450 GP CLASS LAP RECORDS 97 Laurence Edgeley Bolney Team Edge RST Racing Aprilia 450 GP Aprilia RRV450GP 148 Karl Horton Caerphilly Millenium Fencing Aprilia 450 GP 1.14.638 - George Stanley Aprilia Superteens 196 Jack Tynan Reading Tynan Dot Co Racing Aprilia 450 GP

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Chris Gray Alan Tanton Jonny Towers Michael Evans Tom Leonard Brian Fuidge Liam Shellcock Ed Wilson Sam Edwards Richard Wilson Aaron Silvester Steven Proctor Richard Wardle Ed Pead William White Darren Ibbertson Sergejs Kravcenko Lewis Barnes Robert Knoyle Dominic Pettit Nick Edgeley Chris Dixon George Pycroft Corey Wilson Max Wadsworth Sam Osborne Jason Byard Giles Day Jack Drury Stephen Kaplan Kurtis Drew Sam McFarlane Charlie Morris Dale Thomas

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DYMAG WHEELS GOLDEN ERA SUPERBIKE & GP1 FM

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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. These classes are not Pre-Injection or Pre2000, 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, No Rider Hometown Team Machine cc CL 1 John Dieterman Preston Team Baxi Yamaha Yamaha 750 SBK any pattern, any type 5 Kyle O’Donovan Ongar O’Donovan Racing Yamaha 1000 F including slicks. Rims are 6 Nick Williamson Southampton RBM Motorsport Honda 1000 SBK also free and even carbon 7 Bruce Dunn Werrington Dunn Racing Yamaha 250 SBK wheels can be used. 13 Richard Blunt Bury St Edmunds Portico Sport Kawasaki 750 SBK 20 28 31 34 35 37 38 41 46 48 49 51 57 62 71 79 83 86 88 90 95 121 182 186 188 888

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GP1 Freshman Points 1 Ben Hollingworth 77 2 Andrew Batner 56 3 Andrew Pollard 50 4 Matthew Streeter 45 5 6CLASS LAP RECORD 7 8Golden Era Superbike 91.11.799 - Chris Martin


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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 Steel-Framed 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.

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Rider Sam Nicholson Adrian Bridges Mark Hudson Karl Foster Gordon Wright Luke McRae James Barron Ryan Cooper Martyn Bloomfield Steven Chadwick Mark Biswell Alex McPhun Andy Whale Rob Mawbey Chris Hellewell David Langley Nick Wainwright Andrew Lowe Russell Dodds Darren Kellett Ian Evans Liam Turberfield Paul Drinkwater Connor Irwin Jack Tynan

Hometown Nottingham Solihull Cheadle Scunthorpe Larbert Billingshurst Scarborough Leeds Tarporley Milnthorpe Aylesbury Wood Green Birmingham Derby Rotherham Dereham Beverley Stone Northallerton Leeds Chepstow Worcester Leeds Edinburgh Reading

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ROBERT FEARNALL ONE OF A KIND ROBERT FEARNALL 1955 - 2012 It’s been just over 4 years since Robert died and to say that motorsport is poorer for his loss is a massive understatement. He was the only person within the sport who I would ever go to for advice and he never got annoyed if I ignored it, which often resulted in mistakes on my part. His knowledge was immense in the realms of clinching deals for everything from international events right through to grass roots feeder series and in this respect he was unique. Strangely, for someone who spent his life promoting events, Robert was a very shy and private man. Unlike some promoters who can’t get enough of the limelight and seem to appear on the scene as if by magic whenever a TV camera is in the vicinity, he preferred to work away quietly and diligently in the background to make events as successful as possible without ever really craving personal acclaim. He was able to do deals and attract the best events, not because he was a particularly sharp dealer, but purely because people liked dealing with him as an individual. He got involved in motorsport at a very early age as a motorsport reporter and the earliest article I could find was an article from a sprint meeting at Oulton Park in 1968. Amazingly, Robert would only have been just 16 years old when he had that printed. Within months of that he was writing regularly for both Motoring News and Autosport magazine and it wasn’t long before he was on the staff at Autosport. In 1971 he went to Silverstone as their press officer and began to get involved in the promotion of events not only there but also at other venues. In 1979 when he joined Tom Wheatcroft at Donington Park as Managing Director he was still only 27 years old, but his list of influential contacts was already vast. He put together a calendar of events that were the envy of many other far more established European circuits and season by season built on that early success. Tom Wheatcroft had big plans for Donington Park and he provided the financial wherewithal that enabled Robert to follow his instincts and expand the portfolio and restore the fortunes of that great prewar circuit. When Silverstone decided to concentrate on Formula 1 and ease off on motorcycle promotion, the Donington duo

of Fearnall and Wheatcroft bought the rights to the British Motorcycle Grand Prix for just £1. Try as I might, I cannot fully establish whether the £1 ever actually changed hands and when I asked Robert a few years ago he just chuckled and used one of his favourite expressions “Whatever!” and chuckled away like an errant schoolboy. The next part of their dream was to bring a Formula 1 event to Donington and many thought it could never happen, but in 1993 the European F1 Grand Prix came to Donington Park and produced one of the most outstanding displays of totally dominant driving when Ayrton Senna won, lapping everyone except Damon Hill in the process. Back to motorcycle racing in the 1990s and Robert as part of Two-Four Sports took a lease on Donington Park with partner Maurice Jones. Jones was probably most famous as co-promoter of the 1985 Live Aid concert at Wembley and as creator of the Monsters of Rock festivals. Motorcycle racing in the UK was drifting badly in this period and Robert was instrumental in creating the Motorcycle Circuit Racing Control Board as a breakaway organisation from the ACU. This is the body that still holds the delegated rights to all National level racing in Great Britain and is the governing body of the British Superbike Championship. Under the guidance of Robert and the late Doug Barnfield, the championship grew in stature to become commonly regarded as the best domestic motorcycle championship in the world and it still owes much of its success even today to him. Robert had a genuine passion for the sport that saw him assist many young racers and he did so without fanfare or fuss. He loved nothing more than simply standing on the spectator bank with the ordinary punters and watching the racing. Many people have stood next to him in the spectator enclosures around the country and in Ireland (where he loved the Real Road Racing) without the slightest inclination that they were in the presence of one of the most influential men in world racing. He had the ear and total respect of the top men in the sport such as Paulo & Maurizio Flammini of WSB and Carmelo Espeletza of Moto GP rights holders Dorna. When Robert spoke, people listened, because everyone knew that his

ideas were based on unrivalled experience and expertise. One of his later projects was Bikesport News, the publication he both owned and largely funded to give much needed exposure to grass roots racing as well as containing reports from professional racing. He truly believed that the gap in this part of the market after Motorcycle News ceased reporting on the lower levels of racing, simply had to be filled. He spent hours, days and weeks trudging around the country and writing reports, getting interviews and obtaining photographs himself in order to give the ordinary clubman this much needed exposure. I have personally witnessed him negotiating with the leading people in world motorsport on Friday afternoon, then paddling through mud and puddles reporting on a low level clubmans event the very next day. He treated both with equal importance and never seemed to think that any level of serving the sport was above or below him. This weekend we are running the Robert Fearnall Trophy races and whoever wins will get their name engraved on the vintage silver trophy in the shape of a Spitfire Mk1 fighter aircraft of the same model as the iconic aircraft that used to stand above Craner Curves. Both the Spitfire and Robert have a strong association with Donington Park and we thought this would have pleased him. Each year a new winner will be added to the trophy. Previous winners are :- 2013 – John Ingram, 2014 – John Ingram & 2015 Phil Crowe, who is it going to be in 2016- maybe even one of his much favoured Irish riders? Robert may only have been short in stature, but he was a real giant of a man in motorsport terms and he’ll be an impossible act to follow. I hope whoever wins the trophy this weekend is suitably proud to have won.


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TWO RACES IN ONE:Although This is the annual ROBERT FEARNALL TROPHY RACE, it is also the first time that the Thundersport GP1 Sportsmen have had a grid all to themselves (Race 19 on Monday). This will be a great opportunity for one of the riders to actually see the chequered flag first, as usually they share the grid with the amazingly fast Thundersport GP1 Elite riders. So although they will find the experience of racing against the Elite riders in the two legs of the Robert Fearnall Trophy very much “business as usual” they have that rare experience to look forward to at the conclusion of the weekends racing. The Thundersport GP1 Sportsman riders are no slouches though and they can go to pretty much any other club in the country and be in with a fair chance of winning outright, but the competition here is much fiercer and on a different level altogether. These are tough riders though and none of them want to take the easy route. Keep an eye on these lads in the main races too!

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CLASS LAP RECORD Thundersport GP1 1.09.057 Jess Trayler



IS REAL ROAD RACING COMING BACK? Legislation has now been passed that could allow motorcycle racing around your local town, village or National Park!

At Wanganui the spectators simply stand on the pavement, which displays a refreshing level of trust in the public. The way has finally been cleared for

Motorsport to return to public roads in mainland Britain. The Statutory Instrument that allows this has been presented by Lord Wallace of Saltaire and deregulates sections of the Road Traffic Act on public highways, where an authorisation is granted. Motorcycle racing on public road courses is very different to short circuit racing and to be honest, it scares the cr*p out of me as both an ex-competitor and a race organiser. I have to admit that it also excites me in equal measure and being a great believer in personal freedom, I think it should be every individuals choice to do it if they want to, as long as it is properly managed. Perversely, it might even make racing on the TT Mountain Course safer, as riders could get used to the different hazards of tackling closed roads racing before taking on the most challenging course in the world for the first time. Imagine a “Mini-TT” around the Snowdonia National Park – such a

thing did used to exist in the Brecon Beacons and there is even a website “Silver Dragons” dedicated to it. The course was just over 6 miles long, which made it a far more manageable proposition than the 37.73 miles of the TT Mountain Course, but if such a thing existed now it would make the process of obtaining a Mountain Course Licence much simpler and certainly more relevant. It hasn’t happened yet, but we are currently in the process of putting things in place for some motorcycle demonstration races at the Coventry MotoFest, which takes place on a closed section of the Coventry ring road over the weekend of June 4th & 5th this year. We are not talking about full-blooded races for this first year, but obviously that is the long term goal if everything goes according to plan. The part that troubles me more than a little about all of this is that we have, in just the last 2 seasons, seen evidence that some of the

less meticulous race organisers are unable to even man their event days to a level that the owners of short circuit venues are prepared to accept. That usually results in added regulation that adversely affects us all and that is most unwelcome. Organisers like that do of course eventually go out of business, but the rest of the sport (the responsible organisers) have to then suffer the damage to our sporting image that is left behind by these cowboys. Those chancers are exactly the sort of people who are attracted by the ‘quick buck’ mentality of opportunities like this and we must do our best to protect the image of our sport from the dangers posed by ill thought out events. Therefore, any permits issued for closed roads events would need to come from top line organisers who have a known ability at organising to a very high standard. This isn’t a village Fete we’re talking about organising here, it involves some very serious risks that have to be carefully and rigorously managed. The rewards though, particularly for a suitable community with under utilised tourist facilities, could be huge. In New Zealand, the annual Boxing Day Cemetery Circuit road race festival, fills every hotel room for miles around the little town of Wanganui and brings in untold amounts of tourist dollars. Closer to home, the NorthWest200 and Ulster GP events are hugely successful and both bring much needed income to the Northern Irish economy that is recognised by the Stormont government as being of vital importance to the nations finances. And of course, the racing on the Isle of Man contributes huge sums to that islands economy that


even their best economists can’t accurately calculate. When I used to organise Supermotard Grand Prix, the event of the season that everyone was always talking about was the French GP at Alpe D’Huez, which was a ski resort during the winter months, yet had thousands of hotel rooms sitting empty in the middle of the summer. The village became a haven for motorsports for an entire 2 week period, commencing with a hill climb, then going through a road rally stage, onto a Monte-Impossible extreme off road event and culminating with the Supermotard Grand Prix around the village centre. Imagine that at Aviemore in April or along Folkestone seafront in September/October in order to extend the tourist season. We’ve probably all seen stretches of road and thought “What a cracking piece of racetrack that would make…” Well now you might be able In Europe - as in here at the North West 200 - public safety is much more to see that thought become a reality. regulated, but the atmosphere is still electric!

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The THUNDERSPORT TEAM When you watch a race meeting, any race meeting, you are there to be entertained and you give little thought to how the whole thing is organised and nor should you. You want to watch racing and plenty of it, because there’s nothing worse than watching an empty stretch of tarmac once the commentators run out of “filler time” stuff to talk about. A slick race meeting has very little down time between races, which means that even on the rare occasion that one particular race might fizzle out or become processional, another one will be along pretty quickly and at Thundersport GB you are rarely waiting long for the next absolute corker of a race to play out in front of you.

Behind the scenes it is both a very complex and, at the same time, a very simple operation. It’s complex because there are many different facets that have to work together in harmony and synchronicity. At the same time it’s simple because every operation within the system has to be robust and failsafe. Our motto follows the principle of the “Triple S” – Safety, Security & Speed – in that order and that consists of a lot of checking and re-checking. Operations such as ours rely entirely upon having excellent people at every key point, from the Technical Bay, Race Administration, through Assembly, on the grid, in the Recovery Vans and across every track control point. The skills of

our key personnel cannot be underestimated, with all of them having to be ready and able to make life or death decisions at a moments notice. They are backed up by our medical teams who form the next layer of control that is ever present and ready to act in case of need. I am extremely proud of our race-day team, not just for their renowned efficiency, but also for the positive attitude that makes some of the seemingly impossible race schedules I put on possible to complete. If you think you have what it takes to be a part of the “Thundersport Team” please get in touch with John or Stuart on the contacts below.

The sense of achievement at the end of a busy weekend is on a par with that experienced by even the most ardent adrenaline-junky rider. If you’d like to find out more about becoming part of the team, just contact our Chief Marshal John Pedersen (Thundersportchiefmarshal@googlemail.com) our Chief Technical Officer Stuart Bailey (stubailey71@btinternet.com) or by using the link on the Marshals & Officials page of www.thundersportgb.com or leave your details in the Paddock Office and we will contact you. You won’t regret it and it could change your life.


THUNDERSPORT GB 2016 CHAMPIONSHIP DATES & VENUES DAY

DATE

LOCATION

EVENT

FRIDAY

19TH FEBRUARY

DONINGTON PARK

ACU-CTC COURSE

SATURDAY 20TH FEBRUARY

DONINGTON PARK

ACU-CTC COURSE

FRIDAY

4TH MARCH

BRANDS HATCH (INDY)

TESTING

SATURDAY 5TH MARCH

BRANDS HATCH (INDY)

INVICTA CHALLENGE

SUNDAY

BRANDS HATCH (INDY)

INVICTA CHALLENGE

6TH MARCH

SATURDAY 26TH MARCH

DONINGTON PARK (NAT) TESTING

SUNDAY

27TH MARCH

DONINGTON PARK (NAT) ROBERT FEARNALL TROPHY

MONDAY

28TH MARCH

DONINGTON PARK (NAT) ROBERT FEARNALL TROPHY

SATURDAY 30TH APRIL

SNETTERTON (200)

TESTING

SUNDAY

1ST MAY

SNETTERTON (200)

ACE OF CLUBS

MONDAY

2ND MAY

SNETTERTON (200)

ACE OF CLUBS

SATURDAY 28TH MAY

CADWELL PARK

TESTING

SUNDAY

29TH MAY

CADWELL PARK

KING OF THE MOUNTAIN

MONDAY

30TH MAY

CADWELL PARK

KING OF THE MOUNTAIN

FRIDAY

1ST JULY

OULTON PARK

TESTING/QUALIFYING

SATURDAY 2ND JULY

OULTON PARK

ADAM BOYLE TROPHY

FRIDAY

29TH JULY

ROCKINGHAM (INT)

TESTING

SATURDAY 30TH JULY

ROCKINGHAM (INT)

THUNDER AT THE ROCK

SUNDAY

ROCKINGHAM (INT)

THUNDER AT THE ROCK

31ST JULY

SATURDAY 27TH AUGUST

ANGLESEY COASTAL

TESTING

SUNDAY

28TH AUGUST

ANGLESEY COASTAL

MOTO SUPER-PRIX OF WALES

MONDAY

29TH AUGUST

ANGLESEY COASTAL

MOTO SUPER-PRIX OF WALES

FRIDAY

23RD SEPTEMBER DONINGTON PARK (GP)

TESTING

SATURDAY 24TH SEPTEMBER

DONINGTON PARK (GP)

DUKE OF DONINGTON

SUNDAY

25TH SEPTEMBER

DONINGTON PARK (GP)

DUKE OF DONINGTON

FRIDAY

14TH OCTOBER

CADWELL PARK

TESTING

SATURDAY 15TH OCTOBER

CADWELL PARK

CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS

SUNDAY

CADWELL PARK

CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS

16TH OCTOBER

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