After a very competitive season, which saw the team finish on the rostrum in 5 of the 6 races, the team finished 2nd to Belgian winners Team Force. Three pole positions and several fastest laps were not enough to beat the Moreno Suzuki of Team Force.
It all went to the wire at Aragon, Sweatshop Phase One and Team Force tying on points as the start flag dropped. After one hour Sweatshop were leading by 8 seconds and at hours two and three there was less than 50 seconds in it. But, with 45 mins to go, the challenge evaporated as new man Ian Simpson brought in a coughing and spluttering P&M, which due to electrical and mechanical ailments, could not be re-entered.
Nobody can remember the team's last DNF, and it was certainly some seasons ago, but the disappointment was tempered by the knowledge that the team had risen to Team Force's challenge and only one failure stood between retaining the title and losing it. The Team went faster everywhere in 2014, built and introduced a new bike, further developed the rider line-up and now stands perfectly to respond to the challenges of 2015.
|Ian Simpson in his debut race with Phase One|
Thanks to all our team members, sponsors and riders for a fantastic effort this year....we should all be very proud and pleased with our five out of six podiums. Lets do better still next year.!!!!!
The challenge now is to recruit sufficient additional team members to develop the Suzuki to win and build a spare bike plus parts.
People and money are always the key elements to win, and never more so than now.......if we all work hard to find the right people and the budget, I promise it will happen.
See you in the workshop.
The team Christmas meal is at the Lamb Inn at Four Forks, Bridgwater on Sat 13th December. Details to follow.
The above pictures have been taken by top ECS photographer, Jonathan Godin. Have a look on http://www.europeanclassicseries.eu/en/galerie to see them all. They are fantastic!