Monday, 19 March 2018

Off we go to Paul Ricard !

Round One of the new mini-series, the European Endurance Legends Cup (EELC) is being held over the weekend of 24th /25th March.

The team will be contesting all three rounds on its brand new P&M GSXR1100 Suzuki, which has just been finished in the nick of time - see the debut photos below.

We are all excited and intrigued about just how well it will go; so far there has been no easy comparison with any known reference. All we know so far is that it has better brakes and is a darn sight lighter.

Perhaps our best experience will be to welcome back our old team rider, Graham Gowland, at Paul Ricard. We all met up again at our Valencia test and it seemed just like he had never been away. It will be great to have his friendly face and good humour around the classic endurance paddock.

Peter Lindén, Hugh Brasher and Graeme Gowland will make a superb team.

This race is almost all in the dark, starting at 8.00 pm and finishing at mid-night. Just up our street.

Thanks to all the team members and sponsors who have helped to build the new lets see how it goes......

Friday, 2 February 2018

2018 - The Plan !

I will just give a short summary for now, with more details later.

We have the race dates decided. See below for the list.

The technical specification for the new bikes is also in place - now it's just a matter of building something!

Hugh and Peter will be fronting up the team with a third rider TBA.

Main sponsor Sweatshop has reconfirmed and we are delighted to have the full backing of Conti once again - and this year on the brand new spec tyres!

The first test is at Valencia on the 9th - 11th of March, just 5 weeks away.

A brief summary of what's been going on:

  • As predicted, the European Classic Series has finally self-destructed, with just Spa left as a stand alone event.
  • A new unofficial championship has been launched, called the European Endurance Legends Cup (EELC). This will run over 3 races, Paul Ricard, Donington and Oschersleben.
  • The Classic Bol is alive and well, again in September.
  • The Italians are running an enticing 4 race series, but they currently haven't any decent classes to race in.
  • We are building a new P&M for 2018, with more powerful engine, less weight and improved Beringer brakes.
Our race plan is:

Paul Ricard 4 hours, 24th/25th March,
Donington  4 hours, 13th May,
Oschersleben 4 hours, 8th/9th June,
Spa 2 x 2 hours, 30th June
Classic Bol 2 x 2 hours 14th/15th September

In addition, the team will do some ICGP racing on the new BSR Yamaha TZ350s, running Peter Lindén at least at Hockenheim on 7th/8th September, and at Interlagos in early December.

As a result on embarking on our new projects, we will sell another of our 2017 Peckett & McNab Suzukis. This bike is the machine that won at Imola last year. It is on Ebay and Racebike bits.

European Classic Series winning machine, ridden by Ian Simpson and Peter Lindén. Fresh from winning the Imola 4 hrs in 2017.

The motorcycle can be sold in whatever specification the purchaser requires (EELC, ECS, CRMC, Endurance or Sprint), with an 1170cc or 1230cc engine.

The present specification is for 2017 ECS;

Frame: P&M frame 148, owned from new. Built to Phase One specification in 2015, with alterations to rake and swinging arm pivot height, painted black, not powder coated.

Engine: Wiseco pistons, Megacycle cams, APE valves and springs, Salter head, Nova gearbox, reinforced clutch, high ration oil pump, etc,

Rolling Chassic: Ohlins worked Thundercat 41mm forks, Koni rear units, Moto Sachses ignition, Dymag magnesium wheels, 18 x 2.75 and 18 x 3.75. 300mm Beringer brakes with 14mm master cylinder and 34mm calipers. Lithium ion battery with total loss system, Ragged Edge bodywork, Racefit titanium exhaust system, 33/35mm Keihin RS carbs, single ATL quick filler, 22L BSR tank, etc,
The motorcycle has been refreshed ready for the 2018 season and can be raced immediately with no additional work.

The motorcycle can be supplied with additional engines and spares at cost. 

(that 'Kawasaki' tank can be re stickered 'Suzuki' if required!)

More details will follow soon.


Wednesday, 8 November 2017

3rd position in FIM ECS series

Third position in the 2017 European Classic Series was just a reward for a mixed season of results.
Congratulations to all invloved, team, riders and sponsors alike.
The highlights were certainly high! It's hard enough to win a race, let alone get a 1-2 and at Imola to boot!
The corresponding lows were equally low! In summary though - Great job everyone, well done!!

At Aragon, after leading 1-2 from the start, both bikes suffered engine component failures at mid-distance, one cracked crankcase and one broken rocker arm; both bikes were retired.

Going forward, we are now determined to move onto more reliable machinery (all engine problems have been component failures - each 35 years old) and a return to a higher percentage of race finishes and great results lie ahead.

Whether the EVO 750 category happens in 2018 or not, we are moving onto later machines, almost certainly a return to ZXR 750 Kawasakis, similar to those which the team had so much success with in the 1990s. Two machines will be built for either the ECS or other European (and UK) events. The first will be based on one of the team's 1991 spec bikes.

The team will run a single bike entry in 2018.

Alongside that project will sit the building of two Bill Simpson framed TZ350s for next year's ICGP races. The build budget is already in place, but currently the running costs for 2018 are not covered. We have blank fairings just waiting to be painted in somebodies colours!

This year we have been proud to work again alongside Hugh Brasher, Peter Lindén, Ian Simpson and Mike Dickinson. Our appreciation and congratulations to them all.

Thanks to everyone else for your contributions, work and support, roll on 2018!


Monday, 16 October 2017

Aragon Saturday 28th Oct

We leave on Tuesday 17th for Spain. The truck is crammed full - six enduro bikes, three race bikes, one parade bike and a moped! Not to mention a whole host of superb Continental tyres.!

The first leg to Santander is always enjoyable: 24hrs of relaxation and a few whale sightings if we are lucky.! Then the drive to Ainsa via Pamplona, Jaca and Fiscal, thats great fun too. Then, that's followed by a week with our mates, (14 this year) with the offroaders in the Pyrenean foothills. Blimey its going to be a great ten days, capped by the final race of the year at Aragon.

The proceedings start on Friday with practice and qualifying sessions, further quaifying on Sat and the race on Saturday night. The teams remain unchanged with Mike and Hugh paired together and Ian and Peter sharing a bike. 

I would like to have announced some big developments on the bikes, but the spec remains the same as Imola, but with some general freshening up - new rings, cylinders, stem seals, wheel bearings electrical connectors, etc - basically all the routine stuff that wears out. So no big performance improvements, sorry !

The race is held as part of a big classic meeting and one of the highlights is the 'big top' style tent packed with classic bike parts sellers, a real treat for the Sunday after packing up.!

The 'championship ' is currently led by Taurus Suzuki - a lovely team who have been knocking on the door of championship success for a few years. I wonder if they will consolidate or not ?

For those who have not been to Aragon before; its worth it.......and its 23deg C right now.

See you there  RB

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Imola 4 hrs ECS - First & Second

Hugh Brasher and Mike Dickinson won a straight forward 4hrs race at Imola, the third round of the ECS championship held on Sunday 3rd September. Team mates, Peter Linden and Ian Simpson were a superb second. Congratulations to the whole team and thanks to our loyal sponsors. A fine third place went to Henk Van der Mark and Dirk Brand on the fast and reliable Bakker Roadrunner Suzuki. Top job.!

The race was conducted in warm dry conditions with not so much as a pacecar to break the monotony.! Not to say that the race was boring; entertainment was provided aplenty; firstly by the Banfield/Conroy pairing, struggling with a loose oil pipe on their P&M Kawasaki on the warm up, followed by Alf's  guys breaking another superfast Kawasaki engine, then Force and Banfield/Conroy following suit. At least the Neates added a bit of interest with push ins and electrical problems, but the final and saddest failure was SCERTs with a broken crank within the last 30 mins.
It's called endurance racing.

The ECS obsession with the destruction of Europe's whole stock of Kawasaki and Suzuki parts continues apace, with absolutely no word on modernising the regulations for 2018. We think that it's almost too late now to prepare for an EVO750 entry, or anything new for 2018.

This Italian round of the ECS was another of these hotch potch races with bikes from all sorts of more recent classes mingling with the ECS entrants and distorting the results. For instance an Italian bike raced with two young guns, one a factory test rider (not allowed by ECS regs) on a recent Moto Guzzi - (also not allowed by the ECS regs), inevitable finishing ahead of all the ECS entries. Other recent bike, non-classified teams were scattered through the results.

Whilst the ECS stick to the current out of date formula, all non-Belgian races will be like this; with separate organisers forging ahead with new categories, leaving the ECS in antique land, even more depleted.
Steve Bateman helped prepare the rostrum bikes. 

Following the race the team headed for the Ferrari museums at Modena and Maranello. Monday was spent transfixed by the blend of engineering with art and the life story and vision of Enzo Ferrari.
Ferrari Museum Modena

Last weekend was a great chance to dip our toes into the ICGP water (literally). The Rijeka round of the series gave Peter Linden a chance to try out Andy Abram's Spondon TZ350. Over 30 laps were covered before Peter succumbed to Flu, but in that time he achieved second fastest time in the damp Sunday practice which followed seventh in his debut dry session. Mike Edwards dominated the weekend with wins in the wet and the dry on the superbly prepared BSR TZ350 of the Beale Roberts Team.
Anyway, enough of that; looking ahead we have a week in the Pyrenees and the Aragon 4hrs to look forward to. This year's Ainsa off road trip will pitch racers against sponsors and a world champ (albeit with a gammy foot|- Linden) against the rest. As always it will be sheer fun.!

Aragon will then follow at the end of October.

See you there.


Sunday, 27 August 2017

Imola and Rijeka double

The team head into the third round of the ECS in third place, behind the young, on form Neates and Team Taurus, both of whom have had a pair of top results.

As in the first two rounds , Hugh Brasher and Mike Dickinson will be on the no.3 bike with Peter Linden and newly married Ian Simpson on the no.4 bike.

Hugh and Mike have had two horrible races with a clutch failure at Donington whilst in a rostrum position, followed by a crash apiece at Spa. Things can only go better.....

Peter and Ian are both fit and well for the third round and determined to put another strong performance in to try to make an impression on this championship.

After Imola, Peter will try Andy Abraham's very nice TZ350F out for size at Reijka, after Ian gave the bike a thumbs -up after testing it briefly at a rain soaked Cadwell Park three weeks ago.

Other news;

Bill Simpson has completed the first BSR TZ350 frame for Peter to ride next year. The team will build this bike up over the winter for a test in March.
Long term team  member and ex-Shell Endurance Academy boss, Roy Hood has also commissioned Bill Simpson for a sister BSR frame. Currently we are looking for TZ 350 engines for both these bikes.

EVO750 Class at ECS. Disappointingly there has been no news of the alternative ECS class to take the series forward, as the numbers competing in the current categories continues to fall. At Spa the organisers made proposals for a class based upon the world championship rules ( 1984-1991) but there has been silence since.

More after Imola....


Wednesday, 19 July 2017

A short appreciation of Raph Chausee, team manager of R2CL, who died last week.


We didn't know Raph well, but will remember him as a 'do-er', someone who through his good nature, pleasantness and persuasive skills got many to follow him.
And what a journey he led them on,... his team were true giant killers.
Very shortly after bursting onto the EWC scene they were achieving results far above their station and that continued to the end. The high point must have been their magical second place at the Le Mans 24 hrs. Raph's Team were always respected along the pitlane and never underestimated.
Surely one of Raphael's greatest legacies will be the sheer pleasure and satisfaction that he brought to so many team members and supporters alike.
His enthusiasm was infectious, his character was massive and his achievements considerable.

The pit lane will miss him greatly.

Our thoughts are with his family, friends and team members at this sad time.

NB; Raph with arms folded at Suzuka last year.