Thursday, 29 October 2015
Due to unforeseen circumstances Hugh cannot race at this weekend's final ECS round at Aragon. Mike Dickinson has been drafted in to accompany Peter Lindén on the number 1 entry. The number 4 bike will be raced by Stéphane Mertens and Ian Simpson, in an all out effort to win.
Wednesday, 21 October 2015
The event started well with dry cold qualifying in which both riders topped their groups. The grid comprised a wide cross section of machinery, not strictly in class, but all underpinned by a great enthusiasm for being there. Technically, qualifying was straightforward, but the opportunity to test a set up which coped best with the very cold track was impossible due to deteriorating weather conditions.
Hearty congratulations to Steve Boam and Steve Clark for their fantastic win at Snetterton on the SCERT Suzuki. After years of trying the team thoroughly deserve this result.The team are now en-route to Spain where one of seven teams can win the series. Sweatshop Phase One are pulling out all the stops to win, with a double entry of Mertens/Simpson and Brasher/Linden.
The team wishes to thank Rob and Darin for their efforts in getting the Snetterton race off the ground and hopefully set for a great future. Thanks are also due to Ray Marchant for entering the team and to Graham Matcham for the superb Continental tyres.
Aragon race is on 31st October.
Finally, thank you to Martin Gelder of Race24.com for the superb coverage of Snetterton and we look forward to the resurrection of in depth articles on the exciting sport of Classic Endurance.
Thursday, 15 October 2015
During 4 hrs of torrential rain Peter Linden and Mike Dickinson fought off a serious challenge from the Austrian Team Horvath Guzzi to secure the team’s first win at Misano.
Free practice had gone well, in lovely sunny conditions, but the heavens opened for qualifying and the race. Although the thirty or so competitors were soaked, competition was fierce, with sweatshop Phase One eventually scoring pole, with Horvath Guzzi 2nd , Segale 3rd (Kawasaki) and Wobker 4th on another Kawasaki.
The race conditions were truly appalling, with the risk of aquaplaning high from mid-race onwards. At one stage it was thought that conditions were bad enough for the race to be stopped. However, with great skill and supreme judgement
Linden and Dickinson guided the 100%
reliable bike to its wet win.
It’s been a long time since the team raced with the ECU in a sealed polythene bag…..but it was worth it.
See you at Snetterton for the inaugural Snetterton classic 4 hrs this Sunday (18th) afternoon.
Monday, 5 October 2015
Misano 18.00 (Italian time), Saturday 10th of October.
We are pleased to welcome ‘Dicko’ back to join Peter Lindén for another classic 4 hrs adventure at this weekend’s Misano event. Hugh is once again away on
Marathon duties and Mike has
kindly agreed to stand in.! And what a stand-in he was at the Classic Bol,
returning excellent lap times and coming home with a win.
Misano is a Saturday evening race, starting in the light and racing into darkness. It is the final event in the Italian 4 round championship for classic bikes of pre-82. The previous rounds have been at Imola, Mugello and Vallelunga, so it could be a great one to do in the future, if there are no date clashes. Peter is on great form and with Mike and a new engine (to be run-in on Friday), expectations are high….
The track is just over an hour from
Bologna and I checked Ryanair prices the
other day. Under £50….what’s YOUR excuse.?!
Snetterton 13.00, Sunday 19th October
The Snetterton 4 hrs race is a significant event as it is the first classic 4 hrs race in the
UK. We are used to having the sport
in all our neighbouring countries and it is difficult to understand why it’s
not been here sooner. Anyway, it is now and the Team are very pleased to
support this inaugural event and salute the organisers for taking the plunge.
Already, a bigger and better event is being spoken about next year, but right
now there is a race to win. First free practice is at 10.20 on Saturday morning
with a single qualifying session, per rider, later on Saturday. Warm up is late
morning on Sunday. The race is at 1.00. Please come and visit us.
Thanks to MES and Ray Marchant for entering the Team for this Snetterton race.
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