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THUNDERSPORT GB

CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 THE HOME OF SPORTSMAN RACING

ROUND 9 21st & 22nd October 2017

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TIMETABLE OF EVENTS

SATURDAY

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9.00am

15 minutes Qualifying

Thundersport 500 Elite & Seniors

9.19am

15 minutes Quakifying

Supertwins/Stocktwins & Golden Era Steelsport

9.38am

15 minutes Qualifying

Pre-National 600 Sport & Freshman

9.57am

15 minutes Quakifying

Golden Era Superbike, GP1 Classic/FM & Ge Supersport

10.16am

15 minutes Qualifying

Thundersport 500 Freshman & Thundersport Superteens

10.35am

15 minutes Quakifying

Thundersport 600 Sportsman & Elite

10.54am

15 minutes Qualifying

Thundersport GP1 Sportsman & Elite

11.20am

RACE 1

Golden Era Supersport & Steelsport

12 Laps (24 miles)

11.44am

RACE 2

Thundersport 500 Elite & Seniors

12 Laps (24 miles)

12.08pm

RACE 3

Pre-National 600 Sport & Freshmam

12 Laps (24 miles)

12.32pm

RACE 4

Supertwins/Stocktwins & Aprilia RRV450GP

12 Laps (24 miles)

12.56pm

RACE 5

Golden Era Superbike & GP1 Classic/FM

12 Laps (24 miles)

LUNCH BREAK 2.00pm

RACE 6

Thundersport 500 Freshman & Superteens

12 Laps (24 miles)

2.24pm

RACE 7

Golden Era Supersport & Steelsport

12 Laps (24 miles)

2.48pm

RACE 8

Thundersport GP1 Sportsman & Elite

16 Laps (32 miles)

3.15pm

RACE 9

Thundersport 500 Elite & Seniors

12 Laps (24 miles)

3.39pm

RACE 10

Thundersport 600 Sportsman & Elite

16 Laps (32 miles)

4.03pm

RACE 11

Pre-National 600 Sport & Freshman

12 Laps (24 miles)

4.27pm

RACE 12

Supertwins/Stocktwins & Aprilia RRV450GP

12 Laps (24 miles)

4.51pm

RACE 13

Golden Era Superbike & GP1 Classic/FM

12 Laps (24 miles)

5.15pm

RACE 14

Thundersport 500 Freshman & Superteens

12 Laps (24 miles)

5.39pm

RACE 15

GB Racing British Military Inter Services

12 Laps (24 miles)


TIMETABLE OF EVENTS

SUNDAY

9.00am

10 Minutes Warm Up

Thundersport 500 & Superteens

9.14am

10 Minutes Warm Up

Thundersport GP1 & Elite 600

9.28am

10 Minutes Warm Up

Pre-National 600 & Sportsman 600

9.42am

10 Minutes Warm Up

Super/Stocktwins & Golden Era Steelsport

9.56am

10 Minutes Warm Up

Golden Era Superbike/GP1 Classic / FM & GE Supersport

10.15am

RACE 1

Thundersport GP1 Sportsman & Elite

16 Laps (32 miles)

10.42am

RACE 2

Thundersport 500 Elite & Seniors

11 Laps (22 miles)

11.08am

RACE 3

Pre-National 600 Sport & Freshman

11 Laps (22 miles)

11.30am

RACE 4

Thundersport 600 Sportsman & Elite

16 Laps (32 miles)

12.00pm

RACE 5

Supertwins/Stocktwins & Aprilia RRV450GP

11 Laps (22 miles)

12.24pm

RACE 6

Golden Era Superbike & GP1 Classic / FM

11 Laps (22 miles)

12.48pm

RACE 7

Thundersport 500 Freshman & Superteens

11 Laps (22 miles)

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LUNCH BREAK 1.50pm

RACE 8

Golden Era Supersport & Steelsport

11 Laps (22 miles)

2.42pm

RACE 9

Thundersport GP1 Sportsman & Elite

16 Laps (32 miles)

2.54pm

RACE 10

Thundersport 500 Elite & Seniors

11 Laps (22 miles)

3.06pm

RACE 11

Pre-National 600 Sport & Freshman

11 Laps (22 miles)

3.30pm

RACE 12

Thundersport 600 Sportsman & Elite

16 Laps (32 miles)

4.00pm

RACE 13

Supertwins/Stocktwins & Aprilia RRV450GP

11 Laps (22 miles)

4.24pm

RACE 14

Golden Era Superbike & GP1 Classic / FM

11 Laps (22 miles)

4.48pm

RACE 15

Thundersport 500 Freshman & Superteens

11 Laps (22 miles)

5.12pm

RACE 16

Golden Era Supersport & Steelsport

11Laps(22miles)


THUNDERSPORT GB (Affiliated to the ACU as Club Thundersport Ltd and Thundersport Midlands) 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.

DONINGTON PARK NATIONAL CIRCUIT MAP

OUTLINE FLAGS AND OTHER SIGNALS

Permanent Course Licence No. 009 ACU Permit No. ACU 49132 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). RED LIGHTS - May be extinguished as the signal to start races. May be illuminated to stop races or practice NATIONAL FLAG - May be used as the signal to start races GREEN FLAG - Indicates that the track is clear YELLOW FLAG - This Flag indicates that there is danger ahead. Overtaking in this sector is forbidden YELLOW /RED STRIPED FLAG - This indicates a lack of adhesion in this sector. Oil, Water or another substance (debris) on track RED FLAG - The race or practice session is stopped. Riders must return slowly to the pits or as directed by the marshals YELLOW I BLACK CROSS - This flag is shown at the startline at the beginning of the last lap. CHEQUERED FLAG - Indicates the end of the race or practice session

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

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RACE DIRECTOR Dave Stewart

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

RACE SECRETARY Bernadette Stewart

CLERK OF THE COURSE Dave Stewart DEPUTY CLERK OF THE COURSE Phil Page / Kyle Tansley Joanne Lumb

OFFICIALS & ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

ASSISTANT RACE SECRETARY CHIEF TECHNICAL STEWARDS Stuart Bailey (Chief)

CHIEF MARSHAL John Pedersen

CHIEF INCIDENT OFFICER Mark Lumb

SOUND CONTROL

Rodger Wadey (Senior)

STARTLINE OFFICIALS Mark Lumb (Chief) Yorke Wilson (Deputy)

RACE CONTROL Joanne Page

ASSEMBLY AREA

Norman & Margaret Lowes

PODIUM CREW Thundersport Syd Alison Osler

RECOVERY TEAM

Dan/Natalie Wesley / Alan McFarlane Keith Goldsmith / Callum Blake

ACU STEWARD John Ward

TIMEKEEPERS TSL Timing

CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICERS Bob Winter Raza Dar

AMBULANCE SERVICE Inter County Paramedic

COMMENTATOR Robin Murphy

CIRCUIT MANAGER

Bob Adams (01332 819524 )


A Window on the Racing World The smart thinkers are now increasingly turning their attention to “Coffee Break TV”

Working out how to get the best exposure is a question of looking at things from the right angle Over the past 10 years our media package has changed, adapted and improved almost beyond recognition. If you look back at some of the original Motors TV footage from 2008, it is difficult to believe that it was the best non-BSB/ International motorcycle racing programming available at the time. The programmes were 60 minutes in duration, but chopped up into 4 x 9 minute segments in order to fit in with the bumper adverts and other tosh that the channel chose to insert into that slot. We moved on from that and at one time we had not only Motors TV coverage, but Eurosport, Channel 7, Speed TV, Fox Sports and Men & Motors as well. The hidden side of that was that behind the scenes we were jumping through hoops in order to package the footage up into what all of those channels were demanding

in order to fit in with their priorities, rather than ours. From around 2013 onwards, I had been pressing for change from the broadcasters, but the sad fact of life was that they were earning far too much money from the sponsored advert breaks to even consider modifying the format to better suit our needs. They thought that they had us by the short & curlies because we needed their platform and we wouldn’t dare to pull the plug. Many other people have made the mistake of challenging our resolve in the past and the result is always the same. We always do what we feel is best for the greater good, even if those decisions are sometimes scary. In the period between 2008 and 2012 there had been a huge change in how people accessed the sports footage they were interested in and the internet had become not only a viable alternative, but the preferred option for most people.

The world had moved on and we needed to move with it. We had been using internet portals such as “YouTube” for several years, but the footage we were uploading had already been edited to fit the 9 minute window for TV and we wanted to be free of that, as we knew that most of the footage was ending up unused on the cutting room floor, so to speak. In 2015 we decided to take our fate into our own hands and go over to internet only broadcasts. This was a very big step into the unknown and I know Syd was very nervous about it, as the editing of the footage was now under his direct control. We could no longer hide behind the editing limitations of the TV requirements and the programmes simply had to get better – and they did. They were transformed beyond recognition in fact. The most important part of this


process was that Syd demonstrated that he wasn’t just an ideas man, he could actually do the technical side of the job as well as any of the professionals we had employed in the past. I have to give much of the credit for this to Miles Adam, who has been fully supportive and shared his vast knowledge of production and editing in a completely open manner. They say that the proof of the pudding is in the eating – or in media terms, it’s in the viewing figures. In the period between 2014 and 2016 we multiplied our viewing audience by over ten times and that audience was spread across the entire planet. We now regularly have over 100,000 viewers per programme. When I was in Sri Lanka last year I bumped into some local petrolheads, who having spotted my Tee-Shirt with our logo on it, said they had watched every Thundersport GB event that season. However, that global audience isn’t what we actually want or need, we want local viewers and that audience has now

passed its peak. British & European viewers now want something different and we have only just realised this fact very recently. There is now a whole new dimension to sports media and normal TV programming has become pretty much obsolete for everything except live broadcasts. Even the best productions in the world are subject to that caveat. In our house we sometimes have a mid-week get together with a group of friends who are all – surprise, surprise – interested in motorsport. On one such occasion we were all watching the one hour Moto-GP highlights programme from Argentina, which was a pretty eventful GP. I was quite surprised that the general consensus was that it was boring, even with all of the incidents that were involved in that particular meeting. Now, I have an inquisitive mind and I always like to get to the bottom of things I don’t understand, so everyone got a bit of a grilling over why they thought the pinnacle of my sport was boring (I was a bit

offended to be honest). It turned out that most of them had either previously seen it live, or they had read the reports and so everyone already knew the result. The ones who had watched it live all agreed that it had been an excellent and exciting race, but watching it again was a bit dull. I then played a short version of “After the Flag” which covers a bit of racing footage, a bit of background information and some post race stuff. None of our friends had ever bothered to watch it before and I was quite surprised that all of them enjoyed its short, punchy style. I have since then been avidly watching some similar stuff from the Moto-America series, Nascar and the Australian Superbike Championship and I have looked at their impressive viewing statistics too. The modern view is that short, sharp, punchy videos are the best way to promote your package. In the jargon of the most successful agencies, this is called “Coffee Break TV” and it is deliberately designed to do exactly that – fit into a coffee break.

Great racing is easy to convey in a picture, but the atmosphere simply has to be sampled live


We need to convert armchair fans into trackside fans if we want to make the most of our efforts The best versions seem to be in series format, so that each clip naturally leads into the next so that you can watch them as stand alone chapters, or as a complete unit if that suits your schedule. Having discussed all of this with Syd and also a few of the industries leading thinkers, it seems that it isn’t only me that has been surprised by this turn of events. It seems that social media now actually encroaches on, and in some cases supersedes, normal forms of media because it is almost instant. Of course many of our younger riders will already be aware of all this, but you have to understand that I am a bit of a dinosaur when it comes to the fast moving world of internet technology. Looking at our On Board Camera Authorisation forms, it turns out that we regularly have over 100 onboard cameras at any given meeting, that’s one in every three bikes on each grid. It should be no surprise then, that a lot of that footage is uploaded to the

internet within minutes of the race concerned finishing. That means that our creating programmes that simply show racing footage, that many people have already seen from a different angle, must change into a more creative, people based production if we want to move with the times. It doesn’t mean that pure race footage has no place in the new style package, but simply that we don’t want to show things that have already been seen when we have the freedom to show a race weekend, rather than simply a race, from a better perspective. It seems that the world has moved on again, and once again we need to move on with it. If we take a look at what we are trying to achieve with our media package, it helps to define the future direction we need to take. Some of the things we have been doing are great, but some of them have been overtaken by technology, so let’s just review what we are trying to accomplish. Sponsorship and Exposure:-

We want to get our sponsors products and services in front of an interested and relevant audience. This is key to making the relationship work for both of us. It doesn’t matter if 1,000,000 people, from all over the world, see their product if none of them are interested in that product or service, or perhaps don’t even live in countries where they are available. It is actually a much better sales prospect if just 100 people see it and are all converted into paying customers. Of course, nirvana is getting the combination of both of those figures and that is what we are always aiming for, we just have to understand how to get at that core audience. The bigger numbers obviously work for our riders individual sponsors, so we need to attempt to get to a position where we actually have two distinct sets of viewers. One set that are interested enough to invest as series or riders sponsors and another set that are interested in a different way and are likely to

We do already have a large fanbase, but to move forward we must try to expand that year on year


A Race Meeting is about far more than just what happens on track, it’s about sharing your free time with like minded friends and getting that message out is vital come along to future live events. We have to be very careful in this respect, because we want to show just enough race action to get viewers interested, without showing so much that they think it is pointless getting off their backsides to come and see it for real. And that comes back to the point of interest being the event, rather than just the race. We need them to view the footage and think “That looks like a cracking place to be, I’ll get myself along to the next event and meet those people!” Excitement, Fun and Atmosphere:You might think that whilst this is a ‘nice to have’ kind of thing, there is no financial angle on it. That couldn’t be further from the truth, as without these three elements nobody will be motivated to come along and become a part of our exciting world. You don’t need to become a rider or a sponsor in order to have a positive financial effect on the sport. Marshals, for example, have an extremely positive effect, as without their voluntary services the sport would simply become too expensive for around half of

the participants – so from that perspective they are de facto sponsors. Spectators also contribute via gate receipts. Although you might think that this is irrelevant, as the income goes to the circuit not the hiring club. It does go into the system somewhere and if there were no spectators, circuit hire would probably be even higher than it is now. (Wow, that would indeed be a BIG number, I think I need to go away for a lie down). All of the above really equates to us being able to convey that excitement, action and atmosphere to a viewing audience, some of whom may never have attended a race meeting. More than this though, we need to not only create that desire to become a part of our world, we need to make programmes that demonstrate how accessible our racing world is to ordinary people like us. The ONLY thing that any of our keyboard warrior enemies ever fall back on when trying to criticise the Thundersport GB package, is that our paddock is somehow unfriendly. We all know that is

about as far from the truth as it is possible to get, but a negative view like that is almost impossible to disprove without getting people to come along and see for themselves. This is one area that the new type of media coverage that Syd has planned for 2018 is set to address. We aim to create a window onto the racing world that showcases the personalities involved and their interaction with their friends, families and rivals. The trick is to show both how normal we all are and yet also to show how extraordinary you all are, at the same time. We want to inspire others to be like you. It will look very different from what has gone before and whilst the concept of showing every lap of every race has been great for the leading pack, it is time to move on to a better balanced and more punchy layout that showcases everyone involved. I am very excited about this new direction and I am confident that the entire paddock will support Syd in this new venture in every way possible.

Dave


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THUNDERSPORT GP1 THE BADDEST BULLETS ON THE BLOCK!

CLASS LAP RECORD 1.09.057 Jess Trayler

CAREFUL WITH THAT AXE EUGENE!

These bad boys are the most sophisticated and powerful bits of kit in the paddock. When you start racing, everyone secretly wants one, but the first time you ride one in anger reminds you very forcefully that they can bite! It is a reminder of how fast technology has advanced in just a few years when you consider that all of the bikes on this grid have more advanced electronics than even the most sophisticated Grand Prix machines had before the 4-stroke Moto-GP era started. It’s even more amazing to consider that if a decent standard club rider were on one of these machines in any Grand Prix before around 1991, he would probably have won! That is a little factoid that both astounds and offends people like me that grew up with Wayne Rainey and Eddie Lawson as their racing heroes (because NOBODY could have smoked the tyres like they did - could they?)................ This race has 2 categories within one race - all riders contest the main Thundersport GP1 Elite category and that can be won outright by a Sportsman rider if he is good enough. There is also a “Freshman” category (page 11) for riders who are yet to obtain their Full Clubman Licence. All categories of GP1 rider may use any No Rider Hometown Team Machine cc CL tyre, slick or treaded and even 16.5 inch rims if desired. There is an open tyre 2 Jordan Rushby Beverley Rushers Racing BMW 1000 E policy in most classes at Thundersport 3 Colin Parker Letchworth Global Robots Yamaha 1000 E GB and Michelin, Dunlop, Avon, 5 George Stanley Stapleton IN Competition Aprilia 1000 E Continental and the other brands all put 6 Nick Williamson Southampton RBM Racing Suzuki 1000 E a lot of effort into getting their men onto the podium. If one brand dominates the 7 Gary Johnson Brigg Briggs Equipment Kawasaki 1000 E podium, the rest of the riders very swiftly 9 Paul Charman Accrington Seton Tuning Yamaha 1000 E switch to that brand. 11 Will Harper Desborough MSG Racing Suzuki Suzuki 1000 S This is a VERY big marketing exercise, 12 Jamie Coward Midgley Scott Motorcycles Aprilia 1000 E because over 1,200 tyres will be used at pretty much every Thundersport GB 14 Stephen Parsons Milnthorpe Giraffe Racing Kawasaki 1000 E meeting. 18 Joe Faragher Onchan IOM Faragher Racing BMW 1000 E That’s well over £1,000,000 worth of 27 Brian Fuidge Poole RNRMRRT Suzuki 1000 S tyres each season without even counting 28 Gary Hutchinson Ripon Red's True Barbeque Kawasaki 1000 S tyres used for out of season testing!

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Stuart Goodson Steven Patterson Andrew Pollard Jack Gover Paul McClung Steve Heneghan John Ingram Ash Stone Nick Edgeley Michael Brown Andrew Day Philip Crowe Dean Hipwell Jamie Tibble Anthony Van Looy Rory Parker Lee Williams David Allingham Callum O'Shea Steven Bentley Sonny Martin Sam McFarlane Terry Merritt Charlie Morris Matt Stevenson

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Lee Williams Paul McClung Dave Brook Billy Mellor Phil Crowe Ben Crowe Mark Sykes Ben Scranage Jonathan Lodge Michael Neeves

439 240 234 157 155 145 116 115 110 96

Thundersport GP1 Sportsman Points 1 Ben Crowe 512 2 Jamie Tibble 337 3 Sonny Martin 279 4 Gary Woodward 273 5 Gary Hutchinson 273 6 Sam McFarlane 242 7 Ash Stone 115 8 Jack Gover 108 9 Jonathan Panter 94 10 Sam Osborne 81


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THUNDERSPORT 500 WHERE THE RIDER COUNTS! THE BIGGEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK!

The Thundersport 500 and Thundersport 500 Seniors championships are the absolute cheapest possible way to go road racing on this planet. A whole race package can be picked up for less than the price of a top of the range helmet & gloves. That said, the racing is hard and close - bordering on the frantic at times. The talent of a racer needn’t be judged by the value of the bike he/she happens to be sitting on, some of the most gifted riders in the country ride these humble parallel twins. The predominant choice of bike here is the Honda CB500, but once you’ve watched a couple of these races you’ll never look at one of these staid commuter bikes in quite the same way again. The 500 Seniors championship caters for riders of 40 years of age or older on 1st March of any given racing season. Some of these lads are fulfilling a long term ambition to race that they simply didn’t have the resources to satisfy when they were younger. When you see the level of skill displayed by some of them, you have to think that they could have made a pretty good living at it if circumstances had been different. No 2 5 14 15 17 18 21 25 27 28 34 38 49 54 60 65 66 71 73 79 87 92 97 101 105 111 117 119 120 121 122 129 133 135 162 167 175 191 194 222 333 380

Rider Elliott Humphrey Daniel Capper Andy Leivers Tony Waistnage Angus Gough Richie Connole James Lee Ben Martin John O'Toole Jonathan Hunt Adrian Teasdale Mick Marshall Steve Waring Brett Haley Liam Kirk Jeff Dobson Chris Jones Roddy Taylor Daniel Swift Lee Silvain Jodie Chalk Gary Cutts Lee Howarth Colin Mooney Scott Gregg Paul Anyon George Davies Nick Redfearn Sean Whitaker Josh Leaning Paul Leonard Neil Attenborough John Wilson Tim Hawkins Daniel Otter Chris Cooper Nick Anderson Graeme Frear Jordan Ashington Peter Bardell Sam Palfreyman Martin Radford

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Elite 500 Points

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

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

Seniors 500 Points

588 437 435 284 283 268 207 196 196 143 586 357 345 325 298 250 237 200 190 174

CLASS LAP RECORD 1.20.848 Jonathan Perry


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

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PRE-NATIONAL 600 PASSION PUT INTO ACTION!

CLASS LAP RECORDS

Sport 1.12.153 - Dean Mulcahy F/man 1.15.101 - Alex Laureys INTO THE FIRE

The world of motorcycle racing can be an intimidating place for newcomers. If you want to start on a 600cc machine, you’ll quickly discover that everyone else on the grid is a budding Axe-Murderer in the making. In order to ease the transition into this fiercely competitive category, we created the “Pre-National Sport 600” class for riders who have yet to gain a National Licence. It was originally made up of a mix of pure novices and riders who are generally in their second season of racing. It tends to work slightly better than a pure “Novice” or “Rookie” grid because the new riders have some slightly more experienced riders around them that they can learn from - rather than the fastest newcomer being left to his own devices. This is hugely beneficial when it comes to things like lapping slower riders, or dealing with No Rider Hometown Team Machine cc CL temporary course changes such as lack 3 Shaun Bailiff Chester SAB Racing Yamaha 600 F of adhesion flags being utilised on parts 6 Paul McDonald Bracknell Mac Racing Triumph 675 S of the track. Of course those things can 9 Nathan Salkeld Pewsey British Army Race Team Suzuki 600 S be learnt by trial and error, but having 10 Jonathan Atkinson Wigginton RNRMRRT Honda 600 F someone who has done it before just 11 Will Harper Desborough MSG Racing Suzuki Suzuki 600 S ahead of you takes the guesswork out of 12 Rory Bamford Cardiff RB13 Yamaha 600 S it. We also have a “Freshman” category 13 Peter Nelson Runcorn Lord Nelson Tattoos Kawasaki 600 S within this race, which is for riders on a 15 Joseph Addy Gilberdyke Addy Racing Yamaha 600 F Novice licence with very little experience. 21 Stephen Thomas Salisbury British Army Race Team Triumph 675 F The bikes themselves are pretty much 23 Andrew Evans Carnforth AE Racing Yamaha 600 S the same specification machines as 24 Lee McLaughlin Leeds Lee McRacing Yamaha 600 F those on the Sportsman Elite grid, but 28 Michael Coxon Stockton British Army Race Team Triumph 675 F at this learning stage of the process any 29 William Griffin Falkirk RNRMRRT Yamaha 600 F small differences are immaterial. As with 37 Richard Dudley Manchester RD Racing Suzuki 600 S all 600cc production based formulae, 38 Jeremy Watson Hemel Hempsted JW Racing Yamaha 600 S the Pre-National 600 Sport & Freshman 42 Martin Farrelly Hinckley FAF Racing Triumph 675 F classes races on “Road-Legal” treaded 43 Jane Nixon Sleaford Nixon Racing Triumph 675 S tyres unless a “Wet Race” is declared, 45 Chris Curtis Stoulton MSG Racing Suzuki Suzuki 600 S in which case tyre choice is free. There 48 Martin Palmer Liphook Martin Farrier Services Triumph 675 S are no restrictions on the brand of tyre 49 AJ McDaniel Huntingdon RS Racing Honda 600 F used and all major manufacturers are 52 Samuel Mousley Swansea UWTSD Orthrus Racing Yamaha 600 S represented. 54 Callum Scott Canterbury RNRMRRT Suzuki 600 F Pre-National 600 Sport Points 56 Lewis Roberts Newport RNRMRRT Yamaha 600 S 1 Zac Oultram 521 58 Liam Warren Spalding South Lincs Leisure Triumph 675 S 59 Ben Wales Knottingly Wales Racing Yamaha 600 S 2 Pete Riches 323 62 Sam Cartwright Corsham British Army Race Team Honda 600 F 3 Lee McLaughlin 305 63 Thomas Holmes Walsall Holmes Racing Yamaha 600 S 4 Will Harper 298 64 Pete Riches Gosport PR Racing Triumph 675 F 5 Alun Brooks 295 66 Tom Johnson Newport Satellite Finance Yamaha 600 S 68 Kieran Forbes Leeds FB Racing Suzuki 600 S 6 Paul McDonald 285 69 Sebastian Spiers Port Erin IOM Spiers Motorsport Triumph 675 F 7 Liam Warren 279 78 Karl Seaton Bury KSR Kawasaki 600 F 8 Jeremy Watson 218 79 Nick Barnes Peterborough Park Electric Yamaha 600 S 9 Neil Goodson 184 80 Stephen Kimmings Orsett SK Racing Yamaha 600 S 83 Jonathan Pilling Abergavenny RAF MSA Yamaha 600 F 10 Luke Turner 167 85 Neil Goodson High Wycombe BDR Yamaha Yamaha 600 S Pre-National 600 FreshmanPoints 88 Ryan Farrell Runcorn RAF MSA Honda 600 F 89 Liam Dale Bradford Barrett Steel Racing Yamaha 600 S 1 Lee McLoughlin 523 91 Ian Norris Holmer Green Nozza Racing Suzuki 600 F 2 Pete Riches 425 96 Cemal Oram Bristol RNRMRRT Suzuki 600 S 3 AJ McDaniel 392 99 Chris Moffitt Douglas IOM Moffitt Racing Kawasaki 600 S 4 Michael Coxon 344 101 Rich Baker Crewe Bakers Cabinets Triumph 675 S 113 Nige Pitt Bury Apadmi Racing Triumph 675 S 5 Stephen Thomas 316 119 Alun Brooks Welshpool Brooks Boyz Racing Honda 600 S 6 Joe Addy 206 145 Daniel Forbes Leeds FB Racing Suzuki 600 S 7 Ian Norris 205 156 Paul Goodwin Blackpool Goodwin Racing Suzuki 600 S 8 Martin Farrelly 159 157 Robert Gawthorpe Dublin ROI SRG Racing Yamaha 600 S 173 Andrew Cullum Ashton u Lyme AC Racing Yamaha 600 S 9 Karl Seaton 136 300 Kingsan Ho Nantwich UK Racehomes Honda 600 S 10 William Griffin 110


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Modern Superstock 600 specification bikes are now so good that what was almost unthinkable 10 years ago is now true. In the right hands, a Superstock bike could set a lap time good enough for a front row start in British Supersport. Bearing in mind the ÂŁ25,000 price gap between the two bikes, that is an amazing testament to how closely the manufacturers are able to replicate what their race departments are learning from racing and putting it into their production lines. With lap times so close, it seems mildly pointless creating two different races and therefore splitting up the pool of talent, so we combine the two different machine specifications into one (very exciting) race. We now run two classes in this race, but they are no longer split on machine specification, they are divided based on rider experience and licence grade. This reflects the lesser experience of some riders who contest the Sportsman class, rather than the Elite. This is our first season using this format, which was introduced because we felt that some riders moving up from the Pre-National classes would like to be able to contest a championship against riders with a similar level of experience. The Elite class is the main championship and it is the fastest 600 racing class anywhere outside of the BSB paddock itself. If you can cut the mustard in this tremendously competitive class, you can acquit yourself well anywhere! Whatever happens the action will be as frantic as only 600cc racing can be. No 6 3 12 14 18 19 22 23 24 32 34 36 38 39 41 43 44 47 48 50 52 55 62 64 65 69 72 81 84 89 94 99 121 122 126 133 164 808

Rider Brendan Mallinder Ryan Redman Jordan Gill Will Hodgson John Dieterman Lloyd Shelley Zak Corderoy Sean Montgomery Joe Ward Ben Bailey Arnie Shelton Daniel Frear Steven Proctor Thomas Burnett Zac Oultram Alex Platt Dean Fishbourne William White Alex Laureys Lewis Barnes Kelan Smith Des Mackessey Kevin Silvain Danny Booth Ashley Milburn Caolan Irwin Max Wadsworth James Hind Ben Wotton Sam Munro Joe Miller Stephen Kaplan Eoin Collins Tom Collinge Luke Hopkins Ben Tolliday Matt Stevenson Robert Varey

Hometown Rotherham Blackpool Broxburn Wigan Preston Burntwood Blewbury Preston Nottingham Bourne Bourne Scunthorpe Wakefield Ramsey IOM Manchester Lincoln Dublin ROI Watford Balham Swindon Celbridge ROI Dublin ROI Kedington Preston Newhall Letterkenny ROI Halifax Nettleton Sleaford Insch Hull Wallingford Lisdoonvarna ROI Halifax Sittingbourne Scarborough Ripon Preston

Team Team Mally British Army Race Team Gill Racing Ron Hodgson Cars Team Baxi JLS Access Bookings.com Zak Racing Preston Power Steering JW Racing Ben Bailey Racing Shelton Racing NL Components Rigsby Racing TRU Racing Konect Racing B&B Motorcycles Fish Motorsport Get Low Racing APL Racing Barnes Haulage KS Racing Mackesssey Racing KS Autos DB Racing Cotton Rotary Racing Oasis Bar Letterkenny Specialised Group North Lincs Components Wotton Racing Munro Racing M-Tec Racing RAF MSA Collins Racing Tom Collinge Racing Hopkins Racing Team Tolly Racing PSFR Racing Colin Sanderson Racing

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

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

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

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

366 324 235 220 214 164 158 157 140 119

Thundersport 600 Sportsman Points 1 Robert Varey 370 2 Lloyd Shelley 343 3 Ashley Milburn 294 4 Aaron Bradley 221 5 Alex Laureys 200 6 Sam Holme 194 7 Ben Wotton 184 8 Ryan Cooper 143 9 Tom Collinge 117 10 Tony Waistnage 76

CLASS LAP RECORD 1.10.027 James Rose


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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. Cost control was always designed to be a core principal of Stocktwins and the rules are designed to allow most things that are NOT performance enhancing.

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No 1 2 3 7 8 9 11 17 19 21 26 33 34 35 36 38 41 42 45 55 58 60 62 68 69 70 71 76 77 84 86 90 92 93 94 96 111 121 133 191

Rider Alex Platt Stephen Taylor Ryan Redman Joey Thompson Richie Connole Alex Taylor Mark Leaning Jonny Towers Neil Schofield Nicole Lynch Daniel Taylor John Hacker Ian McGann Tim Hawkins Darryl Hodder Joshua Crew Craig Cameron Jonathan Perry Andrew Castle Ben Rainbow Ben Russell Greg Madero Robert Chisholm Oliver Dean Wayne Bridges Paul Williams Robert Kirk Mark Kirkby Lawrence Barry Kenneth Thirlwall Thomas Jennings Rishon Hickey Richard Childs William Holland Lee Williams Jason Markham Greg Maden Josh Leaning Ben Tolliday Graeme Frear

Hometown Lincoln Oakham Blackpool Selby Scotton Southwater Winterton Coton in Elms Barnsley Clondalkin ROI Kirton Lindsey Leicester Hounslow Minehead Basingstoke Northfleet Stoke Winsford Lincoln Plymouth Collyweston Towcester Wallingford Wakefield Long Eaton Beaworthy Lincoln Hexham Abridge Haddington Hinckley Burntisland Warrington Bristol Bootle Salisbury Swansea Scunthorpe Scarborough Winterton

Team B&B Motorcycles STR Racing Team #2 British Army Race Team Trickbits SLR JLR Scott Racing M/cycles Steptoe Racing Team Edge RST Schofield Racing Medlar Racing S Brocklehurst Transport Hacker Racing British Army Race Team Hawkins Racing British Army Race Team Flying Monkey CC Racing Jonathan Perry Racing RAF MSA RAF MSA Ben Russell Racing Madero Racing British Army Race Team OC Graphics Rob Miles Racing Ace M/cycles Bude Kendal Chase Racing MK Racing LMB Recycling Kenneth Thirlwall Racing TJ Racing RK Racing JRC Racing JHS Racing Team Willo/ Hi-Tech British Army Race Team Allied Mobility Leaning Racing Team Tolly Racing Frears Wheels

Machine Suzuki Suzuki Suzuki Suzuki Kawasaki Aprilia Kawasaki Kawasaki Suzuki Suzuki Suzuki Suzuki Suzuki Suzuki Suzuki Suzuki Suzuki Kawasaki Suzuki Suzuki Suzuki Suzuki Kawasaki Kawasaki Suzuki Suzuki Suzuki Kawasaki MuZ Kawasaki Aprilia WK Suzuki Suzuki MuZ Suzuki Aprilia Kawasaki Suzuki Kawasaki

cc 650 650 650 650 400 550 400 650 650 650 650 650 650 650 650 650 650 650 650 650 650 650 650 650 650 650 650 650 690 650 450 650 650 650 690 650 450 400 650 400

CL S S S T T T T T S T T S S S T S S T S S S S T T S S S T T T RRV T S T T S RRV T T T

CLASS LAP RECORDS Supertwins - 1.14.097 Sam Wilford Stocktwins - 1.15.903 Matt Truelove Aprilia RRV450 - 1.14.638 George Stanley

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Jonny Towers Greg Madero Dan Taylor Ben Tolliday Alex Platt Alex Taylor Jonathan Perry Neil Schofield Alex Wood Jason Markham

721 479 380 341 283 277 184 158 113 112

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

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

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

706 443 327 320 252 242 206 177 165 148

Alex Taylor Rhys Irwin Thomas Jennings Alex Wood Kade Verwey Ben Ashcroft Marc Harrison Kasey Wyatt Luke Verwey Laurence Edgeley

559 403 394 279 189 180 121 115 95 50

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CLASS LAP RECORD Golden Era Superbike 1.11.799 Chris Martin

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 8 9 15 16 19 20 31 34 37 39 48 55 57 64 65 71 88 89 95 96 97 98 114 181 182 221 775

Rider Gareth Skinner Ross Dunning Ian Smith Sam Cox Paul Stonebanks Andy Challis Mateasz Dankowski James Cottrell Vince Carlton Rick Allman Aaron Collins Kirt Powell Ryan Strafford Neal Champion Andrew Meachen Ritchie Thornton Kevin Liddle Chris Ganley Jordan Watling Kieran Smith Donatas Balciunas Darren North Jon Wright John Earnshaw Andrew Barling Ryan Leadbitter Robert Smith

Hometown Etchingham East Grinstead Wakefield Maldon New Romney Peterborough Crewe Fareham Market Rasen Crewe Milton Keynes Spalding Mirfield Reading Barnsley Surbiton Stainton Clevedon Mexborough Scunthorpe Milton Keynes Worksop Shrewsbury Leighton Buzzard Allenton Ash Reading

Team British Army Race Team RD Racing Uncivil Engineering Sam Cox Racing Tagg Racing Team CT Racing MD Racing RNRMRRT Moto 46 / VCR Dennis Racing Precision Racing Powell Racing Strafford Racing NC Racing RS Racing Team 71 KLM Motorsport G-Rex Racing JWR Corkie Racing Donis Racing Darren North Racing Jon Wright Racing Road Race Performance Racing Lines Derby Rideworx TDM Racing RJS Racing

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

cc 1000 750 916 1000 1000 750 750 750 996 750 1000 1000 1000 250 1000 750 750 1000 750 750 1000 750 750 1000 1000 1000 1000

CL SBK GP1C SBK GP1C GP1C SBK SBK GP1C SBK SBK FM FM SBK SBK SBK SBK SBK FM SBK SBK FM SBK GP1C FM SBK FM FM

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

Ritchie Thornton Ryan Strafford Andy Challis Mark Biswell Jordan Watling Andy Meachen Jason Dixon Kieran Smith Rick Allman

Matt Dankowski

699 681 375 325 253 200 149 142 125 109

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

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

687 381 360 288 233 211 200 138 115 114

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

Robert Smith Ryan Leadbitter Kirt Powell Chris Ganley Roman Grendel Aaron Collins Donatas Balciunas Sam Cartwright Luca Licheri Jake Owen

660 482 336 194 164 96 94 88 81 80


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INNOVATION IN ACTION THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT

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

No 8 16 18 21 22 23 24 26 35 46 53 58 63 74 84 88 91 102 124 178 179 261 292

Rider Cameron Hall James Bailey Jodie Fieldhouse Franco Bourne Oliver Johnson Joe Ellis Max Lofthouse Ruben Hopkins Jeremy Knight Joshua Hipwell Simon Burgess Matthew Postlethwaite Tom Parry Jake Aldridge Patrick Burlton Harry Leigh Osian Jones Charlie Farrer Lewis Booth Steven Shrubsall Billy Perkins Liam Silvain Ryan Meaden

Hometown Barnsley Asfordby Worle Crook Lincoln Hannington Burnley Teynham Newbury Doncaster Lincoln Carlisle Earls Barton Chelmsford Ferndown Hathern Mold Easington Sale St Leonards Tenterden Bury St Edmunds Sandford

Team FIS Racing JB Racing Go Pink Racing Franco Bourne Racing Oliver Johnson Racing JP23 Racing Love Racing Hopkins Racing Jeremy Knight Racing JJH Racing Fifty 3 Racing PCL Racing PPP Racing JA Racing RNRMRRT Double 8 Racing Jones Brothers Racing Farrer Racing LRB Racing Bexhill Gearboxes Bexhill Gearboxes That'll Do Racing RD Racing

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

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

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

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

Adam Campion Steve Shrubsall Ryan Meaden Andrew Batner Daniel Swift Simon Burgess Karl Finch Matthew Postlethwaite

Lee Wharton Dave West

585 446 380 268 208 207 173 169 154 148

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

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

507 463 367 294 271 261 253 210 200 189

CLASS LAP RECORDS Superteens 1.23.971 - Rory Skinner Thundersport 500 1.20.848 - Jon Perry


SPARKLIGHT RACING GOLDEN ERA SUPERSPORT & STEELSPORT

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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 2 3 4 5 7 11 12 13 14 16 31 43 45 53 55 57 64 65 66 68 73 74 75 95 96 97 114 141 315

Rider Sam Nicholson Adrian Bridges Richard Harrison Robert Goodall Dave Grace Gary Lawton Ian Lawton Adam Charlesworth Brad Davey Luke MacRae Steve Chadwick Rob Vickerman Daniel Wright Rob Mawbey Darren Kay Alan Curtis Chris Hellewell David Langley Liam Vella Clive Mindham Oliver MacRae Nick Turner Max Wilmot David White Ian Evans David Williams Jon Wright Andrew Batner Ashley Thompson

Hometown Nottingham Solihull Cleasby Chichester Derby Lincoln Blyth Huddersfield Abingdon Billingshurst Milnthorpe Hull Swadlincote Allestree Middlesborough Helston Rotherham Dereham Lincoln Kettering Billingshurst Kettering Gosport Barnstaple Chepstow Louth Shrewsbury Swindon Market Rasen

Team Motorpoint of Derby Sparklight Racing RAP Racing/P&C Pavers Goodall Racing Smartfits UK RAF MSA Ian Lawton Racing West Yorkshire Racing Motovation MacRae Racing SC Racing RAF MSA Wright Racing Racing Lines Tyres Tornado Kaydo RNRMRRT Sparklight Racing RAF MSA / Ashtons Team Vella Fermac Racing MacRae Racing Fermac Racing RNRMRRT RNRMRRT British Army Race Team Biz Racing Jon Wright Racing Batner Racing Moto46

Machine Yamaha Yamaha Yamaha Yamaha Yamaha Yamaha Yamaha Honda Ducati Yamaha Yamaha Yamaha Honda Yamaha Suzuki Yamaha Yamaha Honda Yamaha Honda Yamaha Honda Yamaha Yamaha Honda Honda Honda Yamaha Yamaha

cc 600 600 600 600 600 600 600 600 748 600 600 600 600 600 600 600 600 600 600 600 600 600 600 600 600 600 600 600 600

CL SS SS SS SS SS SS SS SS SF SS SS SS SF SS SS SS SS SF SS SF SS SF SS SS SF SS SF SS SS

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

Richie Harrison Rob Goodall Luke MacRae Rob Mawbey Andy Scanlon Andrew Windsor Oliver MacRae Adam Darnell Steve Chadwick Rob Vickerman

483 469 466 304 242 176 174 160 153 150

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

Jon Wright Dave Langley Nick Turner Brad Davey Mark Biswell Ian Evans Paul Debnam Robert Dodd Scott Wakefield Julien Liguori

654 628 392 387 287 196 95 68 54 52

CLASS LAP RECORDS Supersport = 1.14.457 Mike Horberry Steelsport - 1.18.782 Dave Langley


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2018 CHAMPIONSHIP DATES & VENUES Premier Motorcycle Protection

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EVENT

FRIDAY

23RD FEBRUARY

DONINGTON PARK

ACU COURSE & TESTING

SUNDAY

4TH MARCH

CADWELL PARK

ACU COURSE & TESTING

FRIDAY

23RD MARCH

DONINGTON PARK

TESTING

SATURDAY 24TH MARCH

DONINGTON PARK

ROBERT FEARNALL TROPHY

SUNDAY

25TH MARCH

DONINGTON PARK

ROBERT FEARNALL TROPHY

FRIDAY

20TH APRIL

OULTON PARK

TESTING

SATURDAY 25TH MARCH

OULTON PARK

ADAM BOYLE TROPHY

SATURDAY 26TH MAY

CADWELL PARK

TESTING

SUNDAY

27TH MAY

CADWELL PARK

KING OF THE MOUNTAIN

MONDAY

28TH MAY

CADWELL PARK

KING OF THE MOUNTAIN

THURSDAY 21ST JUNE

MALLORY PARK

TESTING

SATURDAY 23RD JUNE

MALLORY PARK

MASTER OF MALLORY

SUNDAY

24TH JUNE

MALLORY PARK

MASTER OF MALLORY

FRIDAY

27TH JULY

BRANDS HATCH

TESTING

SATURDAY 28TH JULY

BRANDS HATCH

INVICTA CHALLENGE

SUNDAY

BRANDS HATCH

INVICTA CHALLENGE

SATURDAY 25TH AUGUST

29TH JULY

ANGLESEY COASTAL

TESTING

SUNDAY

26TH AUGUST

ANGLESEY COASTAL

COPPER ISLAND TROPHY

SUNDAY

27TH AUGUST

ANGLESEY COASTAL

COPPER ISLAND TROPHY

FRIDAY

21ST SEPTEMBER

CADWELL PARK

TESTING

SATURDAY 22ND SEPTEMBER CADWELL PARK

THUNDER ON THE WOLDS

SUNDAY

23RD SEPTEMBER CADWELL PARK

THUNDER ON THE WOLDS

FRIDAY

19TH OCTOBER

SNETTERTON 200

TESTING

SATURDAY 20TH OCTOBER

SNETTERTON 200

CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS

SUNDAY

SNETTERTON 200

CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS

21ST OCTOBER

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No 3 8 9 10 11 21 27 28 29 34 36 43 45 54 55 56 57 62 65 70 75 77 83 84 88 95 96 97 99 128 134 136 162 196 961

Rider Ryan Redman Gareth Skinner Nathan Salkeld Jonathan Atkinson Gary Lawton Stephen Thomas Brian Fuidge Michael Coxon William Griffin Ian McGann Stuart Goodson Rob Vickerman Andrew Castle Callum Scott Ben Rainbow Lewis Roberts Alan Curtis Sam Cartwright David Langley Andrew Day Max Wilmot Anthony Van Looy Jonathan Pilling Patrick Burlton Ryan Farrell David White Cemal Oram Lee Howarth Stephen Kaplan Jonathan Hunt James Cottrell Darryl Hodder Robert Chisholm Jason Markham Ian Evans

Hometown Blackpool Etchingham Pewsey Wigginton Lincoln Salisbury Poole Stockton Falkirk Hounslow Southsea Hull Lincoln Canterbury Plymouth Newport Helston Corsham Dereham Chippenham Gosport Corsham Abergavenny Ferndown Runcorn Barnstaple Bristol Westbourne Wallingford Portsmouth Fareham Basingstoke Wallingford Salisbury Chepstow

Team British Army Race Team British Army Race Team British Army Race Team RNRMRRT RAF MSA British Army Race Team RNRMRRT British Army Race Team RNRMRRT British Army Race Team RNRMRRT RAF MSA RAF MSA RNRMRRT RAF MSA RNRMRRT RNRMRRT British Army Race Team RAF MSA British Army Race Team RNRMRRT RAF MSA RAF MSA RNRMRRT RAF MSA RNRMRRT RNRMRRT RNRMRRT RAF MSA RNRMRRT RNRMRRT British Army Race Team British Army Race Team British Army Race Team British Army Race Team

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

cc 600 1000 600 600 600 675 1000 675 600 650 1000 600 650 600 650 600 600 600 675 1000 600 600 600 500 600 600 600 500 600 500 750 650 650 650 600

CL Army Army Army Navy RAF Army Navy Army Navy Army Navy RAF RAF Navy RAF Navy Navy Army RAF Army Navy RAF RAF Navy RAF Navy Navy Navy RAF Navy Navy Army Army Army Army

Rounds:Brands Hatch (March) Snetterton (May) Mallory Park (June) Rockingham (July) Donington Park (August) Donington Park (October)

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Stephen Kaplan (RAF) Antony Van Looy (RAF) Ryan Redman (Army) Dave Langley (RAF) Jason Markham (Army) Brian Fuidge (Navy) Rob Vickerman (RAF) Stuart Goodson (Navy) Adam Sanders (Army) Wayne Morgan (Army)

161 151 126 122 116 104 101 95 91 88

Overall Team Points 1 RAF MSA 2 British Army Race Team 3 Royal Navy / Marines

730 720 566


TEN YEARS AFTER.. THUNDERSPORT GB was born on 18th March 2008

Ten years later, we are in many ways the industry standard for quality track time Just over the page is our Provisional Calendar for 2018 and going into our 11th season it marks a slight change from our last 7 or 8 seasons. The first thing you might notice is that we won’t be starting our season in early March at Brands Hatch, but the change actually goes deeper than that.

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Many race organisations struggle to gain access to the venues they want through lack of availability or lack of affordability. Obviously the venues really want to prioritise their date allocation to the events that are going to attract the most people and also show their circuit in a positive light. We are in the fortunate position of being offered far more dates and venues than we want or need, but this can be a double-edged sword. In trying to work with our many long standing friends at venues up and down the country, we always seem to end up doing more than the ideal of one event per month. For us that isn’t actually too much of a problem, as a matter of fact if we looked at it from a purely selfish business point of view, more events equates to more income, but that isn’t how we roll. We are acutely aware that it causes

issues for a large number of riders who simply have to budget for one event per pay packet. Given that this forces those riders to miss out on at least 1 championship round, it inevitably affects the equality and accessibility of the series. Our ethos has always been to try and make the championship as fair and open as possible. In previous seasons this has forced us to begin the series on the first weekend of March in order to squeeze 9 meetings into the March-October window and at the same time maintain a 4 week gap between events. So this year we started with a clean sheet of paper and wrote down what we thought would be best for our riders, teams and volunteers. Our starting point was that 8 events was the ideal and therefore that was going to be a rigid requirement. We reviewed the performance of each


of the venues we currently use as well as a raft of offers from other venues. Yes, we even looked at Croft, Knockhill, Castle Combe, Thruxton, Pembrey and Silverstone as well, but none of them ticked all the boxes we were interested in. Some had issues with a lack of pre-event testing, others had time restraints that were too restrictive to suit our programme and others simply weren’t good enough on a number of levels ranging from infrastructure to staff attitudes. We examined all venues and took into account all possibilities, including two very financially favourable offers from Bishopscourt and Mondello Park in Ireland. Whilst both of those had merit for our sizable Irish contingent, organising mass ferry bookings across one of the most expensive pieces of water in Europe made it an untenable prospect at the moment. Having organised many events in France in the past we know that getting a rock bottom ferry deal is the key to making any such event a success, so we don’t rule this out in future seasons if the deal for the riders is right. The championship finals in October were a straight choice between Brands Hatch & Snetterton, but it’s so long since we had a summer event at Brands Hatch that it ended

Variety both in racing classes and venues is our trademark up being decided by default. Having the final round down south was influenced by the weather and available daylight in October, plus we had already predetermined that an October event needed to be at a venue with plenty of tarmac paddock just in case the British weather decided to play a part. We also reviewed our class structure to make sure that it had the diversity we needed and the correct entry level criteria for each type of machine. The structure largely works very well, but we will be making a subtle change to the Thundersport GP1 Freshman class designed to allow us to accommodate riders with low experience levels of racing who may

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not meet the current criteria – this class will become the Thundersport GP1 Cup for 2018. The remainder of our classes seem to work very well as they are and the intention is to retain them in their current format for the new season. The final round at Snetterton will be a double points round in order to retain our traditional 900 / 750 points total possibility, which enables us to compare one season with another on an equal basis. You will note that the double points will not apply to riders outside the top ten in any championship, but will include any rider who has entered every round. The reason for this is to prevent a freak occurrence that could result in a genuine championship contender losing out hugely to a one or two event rider. Whilst the spread of events may look different from previous seasons, the changes have been made to benefit the people at the core of the business, rather than the bank balance of the business itself. We think that this represents a few small but positive changes to our championship structure and we look forward to another great year of Thundersport GB racing as we pass into our 11th season. We hope you like it.


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Donington park national 2017 complete programme  
Donington park national 2017 complete programme  

Race Day Programme for Thundersport GB Championship Finals

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