|Peter Lindén and Ian Simpson at Paul Ricard|
The most competitive race of the FIM European Classic Series is the Spa 4hrs. This year will be no exception with 60 entries lining up to take their chances. Favourites must be Kaiser Kawasaki, who were last year's winners and who also won in 2013. The on-form Neates, this time entering two teams, one including top TT star John McGuinness, must also be up there. And yet Team Force, with Richard Hubin and Greg Fastré must consider themselves top dogs at their home circuit. Not to mention Alf's Kawasaki, with Mike Edwards and Roadrunner Suzuki - honestly, any one of seven or eight teams could win.
Sweatshop Phase One finished second in 2015, (Lindén /Brasher) and is determined to go one step higher this year. The two bike entry for the Saturday night race this weekend will be Stéphane Mertens / Mike Dickinson (last years Classic Bol and Misano winner), plus Peter Linden / Hugh Brasher.
Currently, the team lie in third position in the championship but have their tails very much up after last months Mettet ( non-championship) win.
Free practice is Friday AM, Qualifying and night practice Friday PM and the race starts at 20.00 on Saturday night.
All the team wish Bill Simpson ( Ian's father) a swift and complete recovery after his horrific crash at East Fortune ten days ago. Ian is understandably sitting out of Spa this year.
Lets do it for Bill !
See you there.