Monday, 11 October 2010

Phase One in the Pyrenees

Phase One's 9th Pyrenean green laning week was once again a great success. This year the trip took place straight after the Cartagena 6 hour race in late September. Participants in Ainsa were: Craig Reilly, Tim Smith, Simon Scott, Bruno the Belge and his lovely Maety, Stephane Mertens, Lida van Ham, Mike Wain, Denise Hart, Justin Horne and Russell Benney.

Highlights included daily rescue missions to recover Craig, a double mud submerging for Russell and Craig, and a conrod through the front of Justin's KTM engine. Next edition October 2011.

Monday, 4 October 2010

Open Class win at Cartagena 6 hours

Peter Linden and Hugh Brasher scored a great class win in last weekend´s 6 hour race. The team also finished in 2nd place overall. The Team were absolutely delighted with this rostrum result, it´s second on the classic bike this year.
The race was held in mid 20 degrees C and dry conditions. Linden qualified for the team in 4th place behind pole setters, the British/Belgian Honda team of Mark Smith Halvorson and his Belgian partner. Three times Cartagena winners, James Clark´s Team Glam were also ahead.

Phase One´s race was eventfull with a front tyre puncture in the second rota (Linden) costing some 4 minutes including the slow in lap. Further events included a rear wheel alignment problem (possibly a broken chain adjuster) causing heavy tyre wear and some anxiety amongst the crew. This necessitated an extra tyre change which cost another minutes lost time. Apart from these relatively minor events the Team had a great performance with no rider or pit crew errors.

The race was won overall by Team Glam from Cheltenham, in the capable hands of James Clark and Bob Collins, on their P&M Kawasaki, after what looked like a trouble free performance.

The team would like to thank Sweatshop, Dunlop, SBS, and France Equipement for helping to make this result possible.

The race was run between 17.00 and 23.00 with a paddock wide party/meal commencing at midnight. Both riders and team pronounced themselves happy with the weekend and confirmed their desire for another season of Classic Endurance in 2011.