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THUNDERSPORT GB

CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 ROUND 5 24th & 25th June 2017

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TIMETABLE OF EVENTS - SATURDAY

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9.30am

15 Minutes Qualifying

Supertwins/Stocktwins & Aprilia RRV450GP

9.48am

15 Minutes Qualifying

Thundersport Superteens & Thundersport 500 Freshman

10.06am

15 Minutes Qualifying

Thundersport 500 Elite & Seniors

10.24am

15 Minutes Qualifying

Golden Era Superbike/Supersport/Steelsport & GP1FM

10.42am

15 Minutes Qualifying

Pre-National 600 Sport & Freshman

11.00am

15 Minutes Qualifying

Thundersport GP1 Elite/Sportsman & GP1 Classic

11.18am

15 Minutes Qualifying

Thundersport 600 Sportsman & Elite

11.40am

RACE 1

Golden Era Supersport & Steelsport

10 Laps (14 miles)

11.57am

RACE 2

Supertwins/Stocktwins & Aprilia RRV450GP

10 Laps (14 miles)

12.14pm

RACE 3

Thundersport 500 (Groups A & B)

10 Laps (14 miles)

12.31pm

RACE 4

Pre-National 600 Sport & Freshman (Groups A & B)

10 Laps (14 miles)

12.48pm

RACE 5

Golden Era Superbike & GP1 Classic/FM

10 Laps (14 miles)

LUNCH BREAK 2.00pm

RACE 6

Thundersport Superteen Challenge

10 Laps (14 miles)

2.20pm

RACE 7

Thundersport GP1 Sportsman & Elite

16 Laps (21 miles)

2.44pm

RACE 8

Thundersport 500 (Groups A & C)

10 Laps (14 miles)

3.04pm

RACE 9

Thundersport 600 Sportsman & Elite

16 Laps (21 miles)

3.28pm

RACE 10

Pre-National 600 Sport & Freshman (Groups A & C)

10 Laps (14 miles)

3.48pm

RACE 11

Golden Era Supersport & Steelsport

10 Laps (14 miles)

4.08pm

RACE 12

Supertwins/Stocktwins & Aprilia RRV450GP

10 Laps (14 miles)

4.28pm

RACE 13

Golden Era Superbike & GP1 Classic/FM

10 Laps (14 miles)

4.48pm

RACE 14

Thundersport 500 (Groups B & C)

10 Laps (14 miles)

5.08pm

RACE 15

Pre-National 600 Sport & Freshman (Groups B & C)

10 Laps (14 miles)

5.28pm

RACE 16

Thundersport Superteens

10 Laps (14 miles)

5.48pm

RACE 17

GB Racing British Military Inter Services

10 Laps (14 miles)


TIMETABLE OF EVENTS - SUNDAY 9.30am

8 Minutes Warm Up

Super/Stocktwins, Aprilia RRV450GP & Superteens

9.41am

8 Minutes Warm Up

Golden Era SBK, SS & Thundersport GP1 Classic & FM

9.52am

8 Minutes Warm Up

All Odd Number 600cc

10.03am

8 Minutes Warm Up

All Even Number 600cc

10.14am

8 Minutes Warm Up

Thundersport 500

10.25am

8 Minutes Warm Up

Thundersport GP1 & authorised extras

10.40am

RACE 1

Golden Era Supersport & Steelsport

10 Laps (14 miles)

11.00am

RACE 2

Supertwins/Stocktwins & Aprilia RRV450GP

10 Laps (14 miles)

11.20am

RACE 3

Pre-National 600 Sport & Freshman (Groups A & C)

10 Laps (14 miles)

11.40am

RACE 4

Thundersport 500 (Groups A & B)

10 Laps (14 miles)

12.00pm

RACE 5

Thundersport GP1 Sportsman & Elite

12 Laps (17 miles)

12.20pm

RACE 6

Golden Era Superbike & GP1 Classic/FM

10 Laps (14 miles)

12.40pm

RACE 7

Thundersport 600 Elite & Sportsman

12 Laps (17 miles)

LUNCH BREAK 1.50pm

RACE 8

Thundersport Superteens

10 Laps (14 miles)

2.10pm

RACE 9

Golden Era Supersport & Steelsport

10 Laps (14 miles)

2.30pm

RACE 10

Supertwins/Stocktwins & Aprilia RRV450GP

10 Laps (14 miles)

2.50pm

RACE 11

Pre-National 600 Sport & Freshman (Groups A & B)

10 Laps (14 miles)

3.10pm

RACE 12

Thundersport 500 (Groups A & C)

10 Laps (14 miles)

3.30pm

RACE 13

Thundersport GP1 Elite & Sportsman

12 Laps (17 miles)

3.50pm

RACE 14

Golden Era Superbike & GP1 Classic/FM

10 Laps (14 miles)

4.10pm

RACE 15

Thundersport 600 Sportsman & Elite

12 Laps (17 miles)

4.30pm

RACE 16

Thundersport Superteens

10 Laps (14 miles)

4.50pm

RACE 17

Pre-National 600 Sport & Freshman (Groups B & C)

10 Laps (14 miles)

5.10pm

RACE 18

Thundersport 500 (Groups B & C)

10 Laps (14 miles)

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THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM What good is dreaming it, If you don’t actually do it? You may have seen the full length version of the Honda advert set to the above tune. (Just search “Honda Power of Dreams 2015 advert” on YouTube) It is an excellent piece of PR and in advertising land almost anything is possible. In the real world, dreams can also come true even ‘impossible’ ones. This isn’t usually a result of luck, but more a case of someone, somewhere putting in a lot of effort. When I came back from my gap year at the end of 2007 and set up Thundersport GB, I had a dream of creating a varied and diverse championship that didn’t look quite like anything else out there and that had its own following. I wanted something that wasn’t just that tired old cliché “a stepping stone to the next level” – although I did want that as well. More than anything, I wanted to create something that was an end product in itself, something that people aspired to be a part of. The Honda advert ends with the tag-line:- “What Two images from the Honda advert good is dreaming it, if you don’t actually do it?” (copyright belongs to Honda) Fair question and one that people often ignore. So, what did “The Dream” include in commitments. One event per that our youth championships are our case? month, one event per pay packet, the most successful anywhere. Firstly, I had a fairly strong was something that I considered to The Superteens has been the conviction that we needed to have a be the best framework. starting point for most of the British complete spread of championships At the same time I wanted to have Championship success stories and that appealed to almost every real budget classes that were given the new SSP300 format we have is budget. I understood that a lot of equal billing to those that catered now growing very well. I have said mainstream racing was increasingly for the best and fanciest modern many times before that the brand of catering for individuals who had machinery. Budget bikes don’t have machine the kids are riding is pretty large disposable incomes. Meetings to be tatty, but if you treat riders much irrelevant, the important were being constructed around of those machines as second class thing is to get them all in the same what the most affluent could afford, citizens, it is difficult to instil any place and at the same time. We rather than looking at what the pride of presentation into them. are seeing that happening now for majority could keep up with. Take a look at the turnout of most the first time ever in a multi-brand Organisers were more intent on of the CB500 racers here and you championship. getting more and more dates from will see that they are in far better At the same time it is important to the venues in order to maximise condition than when they left the cater for older riders. Many of our their incomes. I thought that showrooms 20 years ago. Senior championship contenders policy was leaving behind the Secondly, or probably joint firstly, I might well once have had average working man, or those wanted to make sure that we had an aspirations of becoming professional that had other important family ageless policy. It is well documented racers in their younger days, but


perhaps they were thwarted by lack of money, time or opportunity. Allowing them to tick off the thrill of racing creates a lot of positives, as many of them then go on to support younger riders in their own quest for stardom. There are so many positives to be taken from having as wide a range of participants as possible, all being given equal opportunities, that it almost obtains a life of its own and that is why it has grown so big, so quickly. The whole thing has developed in certain ways that I didn’t expect, but that is mainly because the world has changed. For instance, instead of us having to go to the TV companies cap in hand to obtain coverage, they are now asking us if they can have some of our content back, but we have developed beyond that now. The coverage and flexibility we have by using the i-player cannot be matched by any of the sports channels and even the mighty BBC have realised that direct to download is what a large proportion of viewers now prefer. Why would anyone tailor their social life around a TV schedule, when they can watch almost any programme at a time of their own choosing? I always wanted Thundersport GB to take up that vacant space in the marketplace below BSB and above

Golden Era Supersport is low cost and very competitive Club Racing, which in 4 wheeled motorsport is occupied by Formula 3 / British GT racing. That is to say:not having as big a following as Touring Cars, but with much more interesting racing, better youth opportunities and with a bigger variety of classes. Everyone within the sport pretty much knows that we now sit firmly in that slot. There is still no real acknowledgement out there though that Thundersport GB is in all but title the “British National Cup” for bikes. We don’t actually need to change that, as we are now quite comfortable with our current position and the equation of who needs who sits very much in our favour. We’re not BSB and we don’t want to be, but already well over

Sportsman Racing is a lifestyle choice as well as career progression

half the riders in the BSB paddock have made their way through our series, which is a situation we are very content with - although they may be less comfortable with such a dependence. Where venues are willing to work with us, we can already generate far bigger audiences than the F3/ GT package, if there is an incentive for us to do so. In 2015 & 2016 the second largest spectator attendance behind British Touring Cars at Rockingham was….. Thundersport GB. At Anglesey, the biggest spectator event of the year is ...... Thundersport GB. Many other venues have just a couple of “Double A” promoted events and the next most important event on their calendar is invariably.... Thundersport GB. You might well ask why more is not done by the venues to promote that, but the answer is not as simple as you might think. The answer lies in the marketing strategy of each venue, or group of venues and whilst it might appear to be an odd choice, the venues don’t actually have the time or resources to promote every event. Venues that are lucky enough to host many major events, like Brands Hatch, Oulton Park, Donington Park and Silverstone


WSB 2009 grid shot - no less than 18 of these youngsters are now professional riders have to concentrate their efforts on making the best return on their investment in those meetings. That is why you get website information on their sites about pretty much all non-promoted events that just says “Club Bike Championships” or “Clubmans Cars” making absolutely no distinction between the vast difference in quality between progressive organisers like us and the real Sunday league stuff. This is perhaps why we have come to think of a crowd of 2,000 spectators being an excellent turnout. This figure is something that any 4th division football team owner would be crying in his beer at the post match dinner about if his crowd fell that low. It does seem as though Football is the sport to which all others are compared, from Formula 1 right through to Wednesday night pub darts. Have you ever thought about why that might be? I don’t think it’s a case of mass participation, because most of the salad dodgers that populate the terraces look to me to be pretty unlikely to take part in any sport that requires any movement more

complex than lifting a pie at half time. More people probably go to the gym than actively play football, yet gymnastics is not a sport that generates over 2 million paying spectators every Saturday of the season. Football is all about marketing and money. They are very good at it too and they have a set ladder of progression that the big teams all invest heavily in. They know that the better the structure is below the Premier League, the better quality players it will produce and those players will pretty soon be wearing their shirts and playing in front of their grandstands. They invest in it, rather than trying to suffocate it, because it makes financial sense to do so. It’s easy to understand the structure and the progression in football and that is one of its major strengths. Motorcycle racing is a minority sport, with a minority following in comparison to football. If we get a genuine paying crowd of 60,000 people to the British Moto-GP, we are ecstatic almost beyond measure. The fact that this only

just covers the cost of putting the event on, seems to be a minor point that we don’t really want to talk about. The key thing is that we think it has widened the appeal and reach of our sport to a bigger audience. How do you actually generate a greater following though? If you ask 20 people that same question, you’ll get 20 different answers. They’ll inevitably include advertising, bike shows, trade stands, leaflet drops, mail shots, Twitter and Facebook. The truth is, it isn’t easy and you have to target not only the right audience, but also the right events. It might be better to ask what the optimum number of spectators might be for any particular event. A really successful event, is one that the staff managed to cope with – but only just. If everyone gets the job done and no one notices that the place is stretching just a little at the edges, that is a great event. Most venues are set up and staffed to be able to cope with around 3,000 people on site for a normal event, any more than that and more staff


are required (in some instances more facilities too). An event like a Thundersport GB meeting already soaks up almost half of that capacity just with the riders, mechanics, teams and paddock support. So in theory we hit a glass ceiling at around 1,750 spectators per event dependant on the venue, unless extra staff / facilities are budgeted for. No venue wants to budget for those extra things, only to find that nobody actually turns up. The larger and better organised venues do have more scope than the small independent venues in this respect, but it’s not an unlimited amount of elbow room. Therefore if you do manage to get an unexpected crowd of 3,000 spectators turning up at an event where the venue just isn’t prepared for it, you could easily have a PR disaster on your hands. Nobody wants to strive to get all those people along to finally see what it’s all about, only to be disappointed with the service and facilities they get presented with. If that happens, you’ll never see them again and that completely defeats the object of the exercise. Events are much better if they are built year on year in an incremental fashion and that is what we have been trying to achieve with our five targeted meetings over the past three seasons. Cadwell Park has got better and better for us each

600cc racing may be suffering elsewhere, but it’s still thriving here year and the venue staff there are extremely flexible as they only really have BSB as a major headline event and are keen to build around other regular events such as ours. Anyone who was at Cadwell Park with us last month will know what a great meeting it was despite the weather on the Monday and the number of spectators who have contacted us since then has been amazing. We think that by targeting just five of our regular meetings each season as Super-weekenders, we can build up a following not only for us, but also for the venues, the competitors and local business. All of our supporters can help us to do this by spreading the positive word about the good things that are going on here. I actually spoke to a gentleman at Cadwell Park last year who had in

his hand a programme from one of my old events at Mallory Park on 19th March 2000. He had 5 signatures in that programme, one was Peter Goddard, one was John McGuiness and the other three were what he thought were talents for the future who were racing in the Aprilia Superteen Challenge – Chaz Davis – Cal Crutchlow – Casey Stoner. That man had an eye for talent! The competitors here are racing in the most progressive championship in the land and they should be proud of their achievements. The spectators should be proud that they saw them here first – and should maybe start collecting a few signatures…... Thundersport GB – proud to be The Home of Sportsman Racing

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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 1 2 3 4 5 11 12 14 16 17 21 24 26 32 43 50 53 55 56 65 66 73 74 75 95 96 114 315

Rider Mark Biswell Sam Nicholson Adrian Bridges Richard Harrison Robert Goodall Gary Lawton Ian Lawton Brad Davey Luke MacRae David Jeff Dave Evans Andy Scanlon Dan Millner Chris Froggatt Rob Vickerman Robert Tucker Rob Mawbey Darren Kay Sam Cox David Langley Liam Vella Oliver MacRae Nick Turner Max Wilmot David White Ian Evans Jon Wright Ashley Thompson

Hometown Aylesbury Nottingham Solihull Cleasby Chichester Lincoln Blyth Abingdon Billingshurst Barnsley Nottingham Thatcham Castleton Chichester Willerby Radstock Derby Middlesborough Maldon Dereham Lincoln Billingshurst Kettering Gosport Barnstaple Chepstow Shrewsbury Market Rasen

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Richie Harrison Rob Goodall Luke MacRae Andy Scanlon Adam Darnell Rob Mawbey Chris Hellewell Sam Cox Rob Vickerman Oliver MacRae

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

Jon Wright Dave Langley Brad Davey Nick Turner Ian Evans Mark Biswell Robert Dodd Adam Charlesworth Julian Liguori Danny Wright

376 309 196 156 124 91 68 46 42 28

CLASS LAP RECORDS Supersport = 56.01 Mike Horberry Steelsport - not set TBE


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AVON TYRES SUPERTWINS

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

CLASS LAP RECORDS Supertwins - 54.868 David Allingham Stocktwins - 55.965 Curtis Rothwell Aprilia RRV450 - 54.758 Ben Gautrey WHAT’S SUPER ABOUT SUPERTWINS?

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

STOCKTWINS ARE SUPERTWINS ON A BUDGET

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

APRILIA RRV450GP

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

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Rider Stephen Taylor Alex Taylor Alan Ellis Jonny Towers Matt Powell Neil Schofield Joseph Thomas Daniel Taylor Ben Ashcroft John Hacker Tim Hawkins Mark Hanna Joshua Crew Thomas Burnett Alex Platt Ash Bryant Ben Rainbow Greg Madero Daniel Capper Rhys Irwin Paul Williams Robert Kirk Thomas Jennings Rishon Hickey Emma Field Jason Markham Chris Asquith Richard Molnar Alex Wood Ben Tolliday

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

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

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

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Aprilia RRV450GP Points


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

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CLASS LAP RECORD

Sport 54.361 Lee Williams

PRE-NATIONAL 600 PASSION PUT INTO ACTION!

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

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Rider Paul McDonald Tom Hill Will Harper Joseph Addy Leon Wilton Daniel Richardson Stephen Thomas Lee McLaughlin Brian Fuidge Michael Coxon William Griffin Ben Bailey Chris Lavisher Daniel Greenwood Jeremy Watson Martin Farrelly Jane Nixon Chris Curtis Zac Oultram Martin Palmer AJ McDaniel Kurtis Jeffs Samuel Mousley Callum Scott Lewis Roberts Steven Dickinson Liam Warren Thomas Holmes Pete Riches Tom Johnson Jonathan Dwyer Luke Penny Sean Kenyon Luke Verwey Karl Seaton Nick Barnes Stephen Kimmings Neil Goodson Liam Dale Ian Norris Cemal Oram Alun Brooks Adam Palmer Kingsan Ho

Hometown Bracknell Chesham Desborough Gilberdyke Haslemere Blackpool Salisbury Leeds Poole Stockton Falkirk Bourne Newbury Plymouth Hemel Hempsted Hinckley Sleaford Stoulton Manchester Liphook Huntingdon Birmingham Swansea Canterbury Caldicot Rothwell Spalding Walsall Gosport Newport Plymouth Bristol Sheffield Silverstone Bury Peterborough Orsett High Wycombe Bradford Holmer Green Bristol Welshpool Worcester Nantwich

Team Mac Racing BDR Yamaha MSG Racing Suzuki Addy Racing British Army Race Team British Army Race Team British Army Race Team Lee Mc Racing RNRMRRT British Army Race Team RNRMRRT Ben Bailey Racing LBR Racing RNRMRRT JW Racing FAF Racing Nixon Racing MSG Racing Suzuki Konect Racing Martin Farrier Services RS Racing AD Painting & Decorating UWTSD Orthrus Racing RNRMRRT RNRMRRT KCW Racing South Lincs Leisure TH Racing PR Racing Satellite Finance Dwyer Power Racing Meala Racing Kenyon Racing Team XG Group KSR Park Electric SK Racing BDR Yamaha Barrett Steel Racing Nozza Racing RNRMRRT Brooks Boyz Racing British Army Race Team UK Racehomes

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

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CL S S S F S S F F S F F S S F S F S S S S F S S F S S S S F S F F S S F S S S S F S S F S

with temporary course changes such as lack of adhesion flags being utilised on parts of the track. Of course those things can be learnt by trial and error, but having someone who has done it before just ahead of you takes the guesswork out of it. We also have a “Freshman” category within this race, which is for riders on a Novice licence with very little experience. The bikes themselves are pretty much the same specification machines as those on the Sportsman Elite grid, but at this learning stage of the process any small differences are immaterial. As with all 600cc production based formulae, the Pre-National 600 Sport & Freshman classes races on “Road-Legal” treaded tyres unless a “Wet Race” is declared, in which case tyre choice is free. There are no restrictions on the brand of tyre used and all major manufacturers are represented.

Pre-National 600 Sport Points

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Zac Oultram Paul McDonald Jeremy Watson Liam Warren Will Harper Alun Brooks Ben Bailey Liam Dale Neil Goodson Chris Lavisher

312 236 160 134 130 116 104 88 80 71

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

Michael Coxon AJ McDaniel Lee McLoughlin Stephen Thomas Joseph Addy Karl Seaton Ian Norris Pete Riches Mathew Ascroft Jonathan Pilling

285 201 201 163 101 93 91 88 77 62


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THUNDERSPORT 500 WHERE THE RIDER COUNTS!

CLASS LAP RECORD 59.162 - Adam Shelton

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 No Rider Hometown Team Machine cc CL some of them, you have to think that 2 Elliott Humphrey Scunthorpe Rat Out Racing Honda 500 E they could have made a pretty good 11 Mark Leaning Scunthorpe Leaning Racing Honda 500 S living at it if circumstances had been 17 Angus Gough St Neots Satchwell Racing Honda 500 E 21 James Lee Stockton Fibrelyte Honda Honda 500 E different. 22 25 27 29 34 38 43 46 49 51 53 54 58 60 64 68 69 70 71 72 79 87 89 92 97 117 121 125 129 133 135 142 162 167 178 187 191 194 222 292 344 414 444

Martin Campion Kieran Gilbertson John O'Toole Will Leaning Adrian Teasdale Mick Marshall Ian Fairgrieve Joshua Hipwell Steve Waring Adam Campion Simon Burgess Brett Haley Matthew Postlethwaite Liam Kirk Jim Gaughan Clive Mindham Dave West Matthew Snow Roddy Taylor Bobby Campbell Lee Silvain Jodie Chalk Ellis Hadley Gary Cutts Lee Howarth George Davies Josh Leaning Richard Molnar Neil Attenborough John Wilson Tim Hawkins John Bolsover Daniel Otter Chris Cooper Steven Shrubsall Craig Goodall Graeme Frear Jordan Ashington Peter Bardell Ryan Meaden James Hale Stuart Burgess Karl Finch

Hucknall Leeds Derby Scunthorpe Carlisle Rawmarsh Nottingham Doncaster Chester Hucknall Lincoln Halifax Carlisle Doncaster Lincoln Kettering Lincoln Brigg Aldershot Coningsby Bury St Edmunds Rosyth Tamworth Mansfield Westbourne Shirley Scunthorpe Newport Pagnell Derby Sheffield Minehead Chesterfield Lincoln Rawmarsh St Leonards Walsall Winterton Bradford Shefford Sandford Lincoln Lincoln Lincoln

Campion Racing KG Racing Clip'n Climb Racing Leaning Racing Van-Glass.co.uk Rare Fast Racing IF Racing Hipwell Racing R-Kid Racing Campion Racing Fifty3 Racing Brett Haley (Wood) Racing Wasp Racing Team Kirks Racing Full Tilt Boogie Fermac Racing West Racing Rat Out Racing Taylor Racing RAF MSA That'll Do Racing Chalky Moto Thunder Chickens GC Racing RNRMRRT Crazy Painter Racing Leaning Racing The #25 Club Nang Racing Machado Racing Hawkins Racing Black & White Bikes Otters Racing Motoz Racing Bexhill Gearboxes Goodall Racing Frears Wheels Jordz Racing RP Motorsport RD Racing JH Racing SB Racing KF Racing

Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda

500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500

S F E E S S S F E F F S F E F S F E S S E E S S E E E E S S S S E S F F E E E F F F F

Elite 500 Points 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Peter Bardell Josh Leaning Will Leaning Graeme Frear Alan Tanton John O’Toole James Lee Adrian Teasdale Jodie Chalk Lee Howarth

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Alan Tanton John Bolsover Adrian Teasdale Clive Mindham Richie Connole Brett Haley Roddy Taylor John Wilson Ian Fairgrieve Bobby Campbell

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Adam Campion Daniel Swift Steven Shrubsall Andrew Batner Ryan Meaden Lee Wharton Simon Burgess Preston Cooper Karl Finch Daniel Black

Seniors 500 Points

340 232 209 159 136 117 104 94 88 86 357 262 231 129 118 116 111 89 89 89

Freshman 500 Points

310 208 182 167 150 125 103 95 84 80


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MICHELIN TYRES THUNDERSPORT GP1 ELITE & MONEX GP1 SPORTSMAN

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THUNDERSPORT GP1 THE BADDEST BULLETS ON THE BLOCK!

CLASS LAP RECORD 51.527 Sam Lowes CAREFUL WITH THAT AXE EUGENE!

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

No 5 6 7 9 10 12 17 18 28 33 36 40 47 49 55 56 61 62 71 73 75 77 87 88 90 92 94 96 99 111 115 128 188

Rider Michael Russell Nick Williamson Barry Burrell Paul Charman Ben Scranage Nico Mawhinney Gary Woodward Joe Faragher Gary Hutchinson Michael Neeves Stuart Goodson Jack Gover Richard Cooper Paul McClung Jonathan Panter John Ingram Ben Handley Nick Edgeley Phil Crowe David Brook Jamie Tibble Anthony Van Looy Billy Mellor Rob Heritage Rory Parker Mark Sykes Lee Williams Callum O'Shea Ben Crowe Sonny Martin Sam McFarlane Andy Hoare Scott Billingham

Hometown Salisbury Southampton Huncote Accrington Bolton Derry NI Burton on Trent Onchan IOM Ripon Peterborough Southsea Southampton Hucknall Haddington Leicester Wigan Elvington Bolney Lincoln Bradford Southampton Corsham Barnsley Rushden Ramsey IOM Grimsby Bootle Port Soderick IOM Carnforth Wirral Wellingborough Churchdown Kingswinford

Team RAF MSA RBM Motorsport East Midlands Alloys Seton Tuning Scranage Racing Scott Racing M/cycles Team Able Faragher Racing Red's True Barbeque Prime Factors Racing RNRMRRT TH Racing Hawk Racing McClung Racing J Panter Racing Fleetwood Grab Services B-OK Racing Team Edge RST Racing Phil Crowe Racing Team Arkoni Racing Team Tibble RAF MSA Team Able Car Shop Layson Racing Mark Sykes Racing Team Willo/ Hi-Tech Monarch Honda Team 99 Racing Guildford Audio MSG Racing Suzuki Meala Racing SB Racing

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

cc 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 600 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 600 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000

CL E E E E E E S E S E S S E E S E E E E E S S E S E E E E S S S S S

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

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

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

193 170 126 103 103 79 79 66 66 48

Thundersport GP1 Sportsman Points 1 Ben Crowe 226 2 Jamie Tibble 161 3 Gary Woodward 144 4 Ash Stone 115 5 Sony Martin 111 6 Gary Hutchinson 106 7 Sam McFarlane 104 8 Sam Osborne 81 9 Richard White 77 10 Terry Merritt 52


We Play a Sweeper System! If you’re not into football, that joke probably went over your head........

This oil spill (on an already wet track) went from the exit of Barn Corner to the middle of Coppice. A distance of some 480 metres.... The Stuff of Nightmares!

One of the most difficult things to deal with as a Clerk of the Course is an extensive oil spillage in the wet - it is the stuff of nightmares! Rider & Marshal Safety are always paramount, but never more so than when dealing with oil. Such things have brought about the complete cancellation of even the highest profile meetings in the past. BSB at Brands Hatch in 2012 lost 80% of the programme due to an oil spill in these conditions and even Moto-GP at Assen lost an entire day after a Moto-2 machine dropped oil on a wet track. So a 480 x 8 metre spillage at Cadwell Park could have been a disaster - and here is the football reference:- that is 3,840 square metres which is slightly LARGER THAN A FULL SIZED FOOTBALL PITCH! - That’s a lot of oil to clean up. So how do you deal with that when the clock is ticking and you have 300+ eager riders in the paddock wanting to race their bikes? - It is vital to get all the cleaning kit on scene as fast as possible. To aid that process we carry Detergents, Neutralisers, extra brushes and fluids on both of our recovery vans - and of course we have a loyal band of well trained and willing marshals to put these supplies to good use. When the going gets tough, the tough get going and we have proved that many times over. The Cadwell Park spill pictured above took 48 minutes to completely clean and we used 2 tonnes of fresh water, 68 litres of detergent, 24 litres of neutraliser, 42 brooms and one pressure washer to do the job. When the job is done it is the responsibility of the Clerk of the Course to satisfy himself/herself that the circuit is 100% safe to begin racing again. The diligent work of our marshals, recovery crews, startline officials and circuit staff made that a very easy call - I don’t think that section of track has ever been so clean, or smelt so fresh (one of our secret ingredients is Bold liquid....) Of course the patience of all of our competitors is very much appreciated in incidents like this and that bond of two way trust that exists between us is very much valued by all of the Officials & Marshals.

Please remember to thank the Team!

We have an extensive team of volunteers at Thundersport GB, the best team I have worked with in 23 years of organising events, but what is it that keeps them coming back again and again, even on wet and miserable days? A large part of it is the great racing that the riders provide and their visible appreciation of the hard work that goes on trackside. Every meeting sees dozens of riders (often more) visit Race Administration after their last race of the weekend to offer their thanks to everyone for yet another great event and we do our best to pass on those sentiments to the team. Here at Cadwell Park though YOU ALL have the opportunity to give most posts a wave, thumbs up or simply a nod of ackowledgement on the slow down lap after the chequered flag. Many of you are completely unaware that some of your biggest fans are out on post wearing orange, or in the other areas wearing our trademark Black & Orange. We are all one big team and I think that is what makes us so successful.

Thank you one and all

Dave COME & JOIN THE A-TEAM!

The sense of achievement at the end of a busy weekend is on a par with that experienced by even the most ardent adrenaline-junky rider. If you’d like to find out more about becoming part of the team, just contact our Chief Marshal John Pedersen or our Chief Technical Officer - Stuart Bailey 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.


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

Golden Era Superbike Points

No

Rider

Hometown

Team

Machine

cc

CL

1

Mark Biswell

Aylesbury

Bizzle Bikesport

Triumph

955

SBK

4

Steven Brittain

Rushden

Double 4 Racing

Yamaha

1000

GP1C

8

Gareth Skinner

Croydon

British Army Race Team

Aprilia

1000

SBK

10

Jason Dixon

Grantham

Team Dixon

Yamaha

750

SBK

14

Brad Davey

Abingdon

Moto 14

Ducati

998

GP1C

20

Andy Challis

Peterborough

Team CT Racing

Suzuki

750

SBK

25

Ben Webster

Southampton

Team Hopeless

Yamaha

1000

GP1C

33

Roman Grendel

Kettering

RG Sport Racing

Honda

1000

FM*

35

Shane Pearson

Borrowash

TWP Racing

Yamaha

1000

GP1C

39

Rick Allman

Crewe

Dennis Racing

Yamaha

750

SBK

40

Michael Gover

Southampton

TH Racing

Yamaha

1000

GP1C

41

Adrian Ottewell

Derby

AJ Plumbing

Suzuki

750

GP1C

45

Neal Champion

Reading

NC Racing

Kawasaki

750

SBK

55

Kirt Powell

Spalding

Powell Racing

Kawasaki

1000

FM

57

Ryan Strafford

Mirfield

Strafford Racing

Honda

1000

SBK

65

Andrew Meachen

Barnsley

RS Racing

Honda

1000

SBK

71

Ritchie Thornton

Surbiton

Team 71

Kawasaki

750

SBK

77

Julyan Pilloy

Reading

JP Racing

Suzuki

750

GP1C

85

Sam Cartwright

Corsham

British Army Race Team

Suzuki

750

FM

89

Chris Ganley

Clevedon

G-Rex Racing

Yamaha

1000

FM

95

Jordan Watling

Mexborough

JWR

Kawasaki

750

SBK

97

Donatas Balciunas

Milton Keynes

Donis Racing

Kawasaki

1000

FM

101

Colin Mooney

Stockton on Tees

KLM / Triple S

Yamaha

750

SBK

114

Jon Wright

Shrewsbury

Controls & Safety Ltd

Suzuki

750

GP1C

121

Martin Stanier

Stoke

MS Racing

Yamaha

1000

GP1C

135

John Goulding

Templegate

Wincanton Transport

Yamaha

1000

GP1C

221

Ryan Leadbitter

Ash

Rideworx TDM Racing

BMW

1000

FM

333

Jack Yorke

Leicester

Hilltop Motorcycles

Yamaha

1000

GP1C

775

Robert Smith

Reading

RJS Racing

BMW

1000

FM

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

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

Aaron Hay

356 324 221 194 124 88 74 73 64 60

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

Shane Pearson Jon Wright Martin Stanier Michael Gover Brad Davey Ross Dunning Ben Webster Jack Yorke Julyan Pilloy Ian Feeley

315 244 174 170 149 138 132 104 73 64

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

Ryan Leadbitter Robert Smith Roman Grendel Kirt Powell Luca Licheri Sam Cartwright Chris Ganley Nikolai Lakovic

291 275 109 81 81 50 38 35

CLASS LAP RECORD Golden Era Superbike 54.943 Lee Reveley


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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 No Rider Hometown Team Machine cc CL the Pre-National classes would like to be able to contest a championship against 2 Jordan Rushby Beverley Rushers Racing Yamaha 600 E riders with a similar level of experience. 3 Jed Bird Nuneaton Jedi Racing Kawasaki 600 S The Elite class is the main championship and it is the fastest 600 racing class 5 Chris Hellewell Rotherham Phoenix CFS Kawasaki 600 E anywhere outside of the BSB paddock 6 Brendan Mallinder Rotherham Team Mally Yamaha 600 E itself. If you can cut the mustard in this tremendously competitive class, you can 10 Sam Holme Elvington CMB Motorsport Kawasaki 600 S acquit yourself well anywhere! Whatever 13 Mark Pennington Coventry MP Racing Triumph 675 E happens the action will be as frantic as only 600cc racing can be. 19 Lloyd Shelley Burntwood JLS Access Bookings.com Triumph 675 S

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Zak Corderoy

Blewbury

Zak Racing

Kawasaki

600

E

26

Ryan Cooper

Leeds

Coops Racing

Yamaha

600

S

34

Arnie Shelton

Bourne

Shelton Racing

Kawasaki

600

E

44

Robert Cresswell

Basildon

Odd Job Rob Racing

Yamaha

600

S

45

Ed Pead

Northampton

Pead Racing

Yamaha

600

E

46

Ross Walker

Lincoln

Ross Walker Racing

Honda

600

E

47

William White

Watford

Get Low Racing

Triumph

675

E

48

Alex Laureys

Balham

APL Racing

Kawasaki

600

S

50

Lewis Barnes

Swindon

Barnes Haulage

Yamaha

600

E

58

Trystan Finocchiaro

Redditch

Transmec Group

Kawasaki

600

E

62

Nick Edgeley

Bolney

Team Edge RST Racing

Triumph

675

E

64

Danny Booth

Preston

DB Racing

Yamaha

600

E

65

Ashley Milburn

Newhall

Cotton Transport

Triumph

675

S

68

Tom Neave

Lincoln

Neave Twins

Kawasaki

600

E

69

Caolan Irwin

Letterkenny ROI

Oasis Bar Letterkenny

Yamaha

600

E

72

Max Wadsworth

Halifax

Specialised Group

Kawasaki

600

E

77

Kade Verwey

Silverstone

Team XG Group

Kawasaki

600

S

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

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

185 119 106 106 104 101 86 74 69 69

84

Ben Wotton

Sleaford

Wotton Racing

Triumph

675

S

99

Stephen Kaplan

Wallingford

RAF MSA

Kawasaki

600

E

Thundersport 600 Sportsman Points 1 Lloyd Shelley 170 2 Ben Wotton 146 3 Aaron Bradley 137 4 Ashley Milburn 136 5 Robert Varey 130 6 Sam Holme 106 7 Alex Laureys 101 8 Tony Waistnage 76 9 Ryan Cooper 67 10 Dan Parker 66

111

Aaron Bradley

Nottingham

GAB Racing

Kawasaki

600

S

808

Robert Varey

Preston

Colin Sanderson Racing

Yamaha

600

S

CLASS LAP RECORD 52.042 Luke Stapleford


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THE CHAMPIONS FACTORY INNOVATION IN ACTION THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT

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

No 6 7 8 13 18 19 21 23 24 44 64 67 74 78 87 88 97 98 99 102

Rider Luke Verwey Kade Verwey Cameron Hall Jake Clark Jodie Fieldhouse Scott Ogden Franco Bourne Joe Ellis Max Lofthouse Mitchell Searle Liam Bassett Jamie LeMasurier Jake Aldridge Matthew Bower Jake Hopper Harry Leigh Laurence Edgeley Brian Moffitt Chris Moffitt Charlie Farrer

Hometown Silverstone Silverstone Barnsley Bromsgrove Worle Doncaster Crook Hannington Burnley Greenhithe Durham Keston Chelmsford Sheffield Durham Hathern Bolney Douglas IOM Douglas IOM Easington

Team Team XG Group Team XG Group FIS Racing Jake Clark Racing Go Pink Racing DC Butler A18 M/cycles Franco Bourne Racing Ellis Racing Love Racing Mitchell Searle Racing Liam Bassett Racing Mazza Racing Jake Aldridge Racing MD Racing JH Racing Double 8 Racing Team Edge RST Moffitt Racing Moffitt Racing Farrer Racing

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

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

Class ST ST ST ST ST ST ST ST ST ST ST ST ST ST ST ST ST ST ST ST

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

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

261 257 244 189 166 145 134 116 95 83

CLASS LAP RECORD 1.00.795 Kurtis Drew


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TESTING

SATURDAY 25TH MARCH

DONINGTON PARK (GP)

ROBERT FEARNALL TROPHY

SUNDAY

DONINGTON PARK (GP)

ROBERT FEARNALL TROPHY

SATURDAY 29TH APRIL

SNETTERTON (200)

TESTING

SUNDAY

30TH APRIL

SNETTERTON (200)

ACE OF CLUBS

MONDAY

1ST MAY

SNETTERTON (200)

ACE OF CLUBS

SATURDAY 27TH MAY

CADWELL PARK

TESTING

SUNDAY

28TH MAY

CADWELL PARK

KING OF THE MOUNTAIN

MONDAY

29TH MAY

CADWELL PARK

KING OF THE MOUNTAIN

THURSDAY 22ND JUNE

MALLORY PARK

TESTING

SATURDAY 24TH JUNE

MALLORY PARK

MASTER OF MALLORY

SUNDAY

25TH JUNE

MALLORY PARK

MASTER OF MALLORY

FRIDAY

28TH JULY

ROCKINGHAM (INT)

TESTING

SATURDAY 29TH JULY

ROCKINGHAM (INT)

THUNDER AT THE ROCK

SUNDAY

26TH MARCH

ROCKINGHAM (INT)

THUNDER AT THE ROCK

SATURDAY 26TH AUGUST

ANGLESEY COASTAL

TESTING

SUNDAY

27TH AUGUST

ANGLESEY COASTAL

MOTO SUPER-PRIX OF WALES

MONDAY

28TH AUGUST

ANGLESEY COASTAL

MOTO SUPER-PRIX OF WALES

FRIDAY

22ND SEPTEMBER OULTON PARK

TESTING /QUALIFYING

SATURDAY 23RD SEPTEMBER OULTON PARK

ADAM BOYLE TROPHY

FRIDAY

30TH JULY

20TH OCTOBER

DONINGTON PARK (NAT) TESTING

SATURDAY 21ST OCTOBER

DONINGTON PARK (NAT) CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS

SUNDAY

DONINGTON PARK (NAT) CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS

22ND OCTOBER

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

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Premier Motorcycle Protection

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GB RACING SUPPORTING OUR ARMED FORCES No

Rider

Hometown

Team

Machine

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CL

5

Michael Russell

Salisbury

RAF MSA

Kawasaki

1000

M

8

Gareth Skinner

Croydon

British Army Race Team

Aprilia

1000

M

11

Gary Lawton

Lincoln

RAF MSA

Yamaha

600

M

16

Leon Wilton

Haslemere

British Army Race Team

Yamaha

600

M

17

Daniel Richardson

Blackpool

British Army Race Team

Yamaha

600

M

21

Stephen Thomas

Salisbury

British Army Race Team

Triumph

675

M

27

Brian Fuidge

Poole

RNRMRRT

Suzuki

600

M

28

Michael Coxon

Stockton

British Army Race Team

Suzuki

600

M

29

William Griffin

Falkirk

RNRMRRT

Yamaha

600

M

35

Daniel Greenwood

Plymouth

RNRMRRT

Honda

600

M

36

Stuart Goodson

Southsea

RNRMRRT

Suzuki

1000

M

43

Rob Vickerman

Willerby

RAF MSA

Yamaha

600

M

54

Callum Scott

Canterbury

RNRMRRT

Suzuki

600

M

55

Ben Rainbow

Plymouth

RAF MSA

Suzuki

650

M

56

Lewis Roberts

Caldicot

RNRMRRT

Yamaha

600

M

65

David Langley

Dereham

RAF MSA

Honda

600

M

72

Bobby Campbell

Coningsby

RAF MSA

Honda

500

M

75

Max Wilmot

Gosport

RNRMRRT

Yamaha

600

M

77

Anthony Van Looy

Corsham

RAF MSA

Yamaha

600

M

85

Sam Cartwright

Corsham

British Army Race Team

Suzuki

750

M

95

David White

Barnstaple

RNRMRRT

Yamaha

600

M

96

Jason Markham

Salisbury

British Army Race Team

Suzuki

650

M

97

Lee Howarth

Westbourne

RNRMRRT

Honda

500

M

99

Stephen Kaplan

Wallingford

RAF MSA

Kawasaki

600

M

196

Cemal Oram

Bristol

RNRMRRT

Suzuki

600

M

212

Adam Palmer

Worcester

British Army Race Team

Suzuki

600

M

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Ian Evans

Chepstow

British Army Race Team

Honda

600

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The GB Racing British Military Inter Services Championship enters its 6th season with Thundersport GB in 2017. In the current political climate, it is very difficult for any of our military personnel to plan out a full seasons racing. International conflicts flare up remarkably quickly in the modern world and these guys can find themselves posted to danger zones anywhere in the world with as little as 48 hours notice. Therefore we have attempted to design a very flexible championship that is both spread across a whole season, yet at the same time has events that can be opted out of without penalty or danger of rendering a normal championship challenge practically unviable. You don’t have to agree with decisions made by our armed services political masters in order to appreciate the risks that the personnel face in order to protect and preserve our way of life. These are just ordinary, real people who put themselves in harms way on a fairly regular basis on our behalf. This year, instead of riders scoring points in their own individual classes, they all come together on one grid for a spectacular shoot out race on five separate occasions during the course of the season. Points scoring for this race is based on 1 point for last place and an additional point for every place in front of that. There are bonus points for the podium places – 3 points for 1st, 2 points for 2nd and 1 point for 3rd – as well as an extra point for the fastest lap of the race. The teams are:Royal Navy Royal Marines Motorsport our current champions. British Army Race Team who were victorious in 2013 and 2014. Royal Air Force MSA who were champions back in 2012. Rounds:Brands Hatch (March) Snetterton (May) Mallory Park (June) Rockingham (July) Donington Park (August) Donington Park (October)

Individual Rider Points 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Anthony Van Looy (RAF) Michael Coxon (Army) Dave Langley (RAF) Brian Fuidge (Navy) Jason Markham (Army) Nathan Salkeld (Army) Cemal Oram (Navy) Mike Russell (RAF) James Field (RAF) Max Wilmot (Navy)

56 51 44 37 35 35 34 32 30 30

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

261 259 254


THRASH WITH ABANDON

or HANDLE WITH EXTREME CAUTION!

THE CHOICE IS YOURS - WE’VE GOT IT ALL COVERED!

Thundersport 500s really respond to a damn good thrashing! As the 2008 season was drawing to a close, the Honda CB500 Cup was on its knees and there seemed to be no way back from the brink for this most budget oriented of racing classes. The numbers as they stood just didn’t add up, but the reason that we thought it could be saved was because the bike racing market was crying out for a true budget class that wasn’t boring. If you watch this scintillating class now, you might wonder how anyone thought it might ever be boring – but that was exactly how it was described to me by the previous organiser! We took it on and promoted the class at the NEC Motorcycle Show and set to work on getting some pride of presentation into the machinery and it gathered momentum remarkably quickly. From the pitiful grid of

just 7 bikes at the end of 2008, we started the 2009 season with a full grid of 32 at Mallory Park and by the time we reached Donington Park at the end of that first season we had nearly 60 riders trying to compete for grid spots. That was impressive enough, but even I wasn’t quite prepared for the pure quality of the racing, not only at the front, but right through the field. After the first meeting I think we were all converted into Thundersport 500 fans and the cracking races just kept on coming. The racing has continued to forge new boundaries every season since too. To limit the story to what goes on actually on circuit doesn’t really convey the true essence of Thundersport 500 though. This

The bikes may be cheap, but these lads are limited by budget - not talent!

whole group of riders are an asset to any paddock and are a credit to themselves and the series. I have run and co-ordinated many different budget series before, but I have never come across such a fun loving, sportsmanlike, all inclusive bunch of people in all that time. No matter what happens to any machine on this grid, there is never a shortage of spare parts, offers of help or willing hands to twirl the spanners to get the unfortunate crasher back out on circuit for the next race. No one here goes home without a smile on their face or a virtual egg-timer in their head just counting down the minutes to the next meeting, where they can once again get that buzz going that Thundersport 500 racing generates. Strict limits on performance, cheap deals on quality Dunlop control tyres (£179 a pair), roadside fuel only and cheap and simple build conversions with ample help from experienced riders, makes this a championship for all ages that puts the emphasis on fun and rider skill equally. A standard spare engine can be bought for as little as £250 and because of the regulations it just needs bolting in – best of all it will run all season with no expensive rebuilds. When even an MZ250 engine alone costs £1200 in competitive trim and needs constant maintenance, is it any surprise that Thundersport 500 wins hands down in the budget racers market? Since 2009 we have had a number of really talented riders enter Thundersport 500 because it offered a way into racing – or even back into racing - at a price they could afford without loading themselves up with debt. This is one class that is within the reach of almost everyone who really wants to go racing. With a very competitive main championship, a Seniors championship and a Newcomers championship, there is something here for everyone. These may be 1990s commuter hacks, but the standard of preparation on a lot of them means they are better looking and in better condition than when they originally left the Honda factory. If you’ve ever come close to going racing and been put off by the expense, you may just find what you’re looking for in this great value and competitive class. The racing itself is awesome even from trackside, so imagine what it must be like seen from the thick of the track action!


Over 3,000 snarling horsepower in this shot- Handle with extreme care!

Like

an alluring, beautiful and sensuous mistress, a fully tuned and tweaked Superbike is something so demanding on both your wallet and your leisure time that you can really only afford to ride it a few days each month. The rest of your waking hours are spent working and waiting for your next chance to sling a leg over it again (the bike that is, not the mistress). The Thundersport GP1 machinery is the highest specification kit in the Thundersport GB paddock and running one of these machines is not to be taken lightly. The rules are just about as open as it’s possible to be, allowing those who like to fettle and tune an almost completely free hand. In common with any mistress, this can be demanding on the finances. The parallels are easy to see, the bike requires the latest data-logger, not diamonds. The bike craves a seamless shift system, not seamed stockings. The bike needs to be adorned with carbon fibre, not the latest designer creation from Paris. Whilst racing in any of the other classes can be just as much fun, with the racing being just as skilful, close and exhilarating. For some people there is simply no substitute for ponies. Horsepower - big, brash, noisy and lots of it, is the only thing that really gets the pulse racing for the dedicated GP1 rider. These bikes are just so expensive to run, that every one of the riders on the grid has to make huge sacrifices in order to be able to keep up with the costs. You can have just as much fun on a far more cost effective bike - So what is it about these particular machines that creates such a hold on the people who choose to ride them? I’ll try to explain, but it really is a VERY personal thing. The very first time you stand next to a real Superbike that’s warming up just waiting for you to sling a leg over it, waiting for you to cane it, growling and daring you to thrash it, is an exhilarating and semi-frightening experience. It’s not scary at all if you just intend to ride it, you know – wind it up in all the gears on the straights and just tickle it in the corners but that’s not the point, is it?

Nobody ever took a perfectly adequate machine that already boasts a power output fierce enough to tear the advertisements off of the roadside billboards at 50 paces and then tuned it, if they just wanted to ‘tickle it’ in the corners did they? No, this bike was tuned so that only a special rider could get the best out of it. On a highly tuned big bike with a surplus of power, every corner is a challenge waiting to catch you out, daring you to just get close enough to that precipice and trying to lure you over it. Every braking zone is an exercise in just how deep you are prepared to look into the abyss of fear, making the little beads of sweat break out on your forehead and the sinews in your arms tighten unbearably, because perhaps this time you might have overcooked it. Perhaps this time when the apex arrives you won’t be anywhere near ready to peel in and the tyre wall may be rushing towards you faster than you even want to think about - let alone accept. Every apex is there just teasing you into daring to crack the throttle on just a little bit sooner, so that you experience that lurid squirm from the back tyre that is only just under control - or is it even under control? Get it wrong and you’re going to need a parachute and a ticket to get back into the venue. Get it right and it’s absolute nirvana! If you’re circulating the place with a track

from “The Carpenters Greatest Hits” or “Enya” running through your head, you’re simply not on the money. The soundtrack to caning this kind of machinery lies somewhere between Motorhead and Metallica – real thrash metal stuff. Getting a reasonable lap time out of one of these bikes is easy, but you won’t experience any of those wild feelings whilst doing it. Some riders are happy with that, but they aren’t the ones riding on the razors edge. Getting a good lap time – a really good lap time – out of one of these beasts, is a challenge that at times feels like dancing with a hungry tiger and for some people – special people – absolutely nothing else will ever quite hit the spot. At the end of a hard race on a Superbike, if you’ve achieved your goals, it feels like you’ve confronted all of your deepest fears, quashed your most ardent adversary on his own turf and come away victorious. Your heart is beating at something like double its normal rate, your blood is singing in your ears. Your forearms feel as though you’ve just arm-wrestled a grizzly bear for the past 20 minutes. Your senses are heightened to such a degree that the whole world seems to have slowed down. Your eyes are like saucers and no one – absolutely no one – can fully appreciate just how you are feeling for the next few minutes. These machines go through tyres, brake pads, fuel and fluids like an overweight warthog through a bag of chocolate truffles. You have to be 100% dedicated in order to keep up with their insatiable appetite for consumables. That my friends, is the drug that even the most sophisticated chemist, or depraved New York drug dealer simply can’t compete with. It makes all the overtime, late nights in the garage, going without the latest gizmos and everything else you had to do to get there, worthwhile. Those are the two extremes of the fantastic Thundersport GB Championship portfolio. We have just about everything in between too, so if you want to be a motorcycle racer - look no further, this is THE PLACE to get your fix. Check out www.thundersportgb.com for the full details - “See you Trackside!”

Both of these beauties are expensive to run. What a blast though!


New - R.C.S. 352 321 285 - 16070237 - MICHELIN - R.C.S. 855 200 507 - Photo credits: Michelin, Gregory Favre, GettyImages - 11/2016

Mallory park programme complete  
Mallory park programme complete  

Full Race Day Programme for Mallory Park 24th & 25th June 2017

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