C.R.M.C Darley Moor April 2013
The beautiful Derbyshire sunshine shone for most of the weekend, but sadly not on us in the morning 10 minute qualifying race.
We messed up, made a mistake which stopped Lee on his out lap with a minor problem, unfortunately on the far side of the circuit. This promoted us to the back row of the grid for the entire weekend. We discussed this situation with the powers that be to no avail, but we as a team accept the C.R.M.C's rules and will always abide by them.
We feel that everyone concerned with this decision got out of jail free, as four back row starts from a wound up rider who was always going to be at the sharp end ASAP without someone getting hurt was always going to require a bit of luck. We accept the rules are the same for everyone, and would like to offer our thanks to john Davidson who sportingly tried his best to help us. Thoughts of a collision with a stalled bike do not bear thinking about.
Lee as ever rode his heart out and made the best of a bad job, securing three 3rd places and one 4th, eventually ending up with 2nd overall in the GP1 championship behind the dominant Michael Cooper, narrowly in front of the unlucky Alan Oversby who experienced major brake issues towards the end of the first race Saturday, causing him to miss the second, although after some midnight oil burning by evergreen sponsor Roger. T - all was fine by Sunday.
We know as a team that we still have a way to go to get to the level of our more experienced peers, so we congratulate Ted Woof, and our old mate Roger for their results (we also commiserate with the unlucky Tony Dunell and the fast as ever Andy Taylor). We are satisfied that we are at least going in the right direction. Lee had four very lonely rides this weekend, the upside for us is that he still continues to adapt to classic racing.
Kawasaki rider # 73 Richard Blunt deserves special mention, riding superbly in the classic superbike races all weekend, we also congratulate our old friend Graham Salter of "Diptune Racing" who prepared the super-fast motor.
Alex Sinclair proved once again that he is a top class rider on Bob Light's Goldies, being dominant on the 350 & 500 all weekend. We know Dad Ian is very proud of him.
Anglesey next. Looking forward to that.
More happy customers
Brands Hatch March 23rd-24th 2013
Comrade Leeski & crew chief Mick reflect that it would have been warmer back home in Mockba..
It was always going to be a risk running a race meeting so early in the season, last year was scorchio at this time and the weather had been lovely the week before down South, but fair play to the C.R.M.C they went for the last available winter date which was the only way realistically the club could ever have afforded to be at Brands - and it didn't work out.
But hey-ho, next!
At least Team Minnovation had a successful track day on the Friday with a few hours of dry track, which at least bedded the brakes and tyres in, and blew Lee's winter cobwebs away. Looking forward to a hot and sunny Darley Moor next month..
Barry Sheene Festival of Speed - Eastern Creek International Raceway Australia
Congratulations to Graham Roberts on his superb win in the feature Barry Sheene memorial trophy race, riding sponsor Malcolm Sullivan's Minnovation Racing G50 engine powered classic. Our thanks to Aussie G50 rider & top bloke Danny Ahern for the great photos.
Ready for Brands Hatch this weekend!
Peter Kingsnorth - North Island New Zealand, another satisfied customer.
Those Winter preparation for 2013 season blues..
As you can see both jockey and team manager are delighted to have all the works bikes in a thousand pieces.
We realise the coming season will be our most difficult and we know that our opposition will have been striving to improve their machines, but this is racing and it's why we do it.
We recently attended the C.R.M.C - AGM and dinner dance and would like to congratulate the club on putting on another superb event, it's always good to see old friends and have the time to chat in a non racing environment.
Our congratulations go to Steve Dobbie upon his appointment to the committee and to Lee for his 350 twins championship win. We congratulate also our good friends Bob & Wendy Light motorsport on their rider Alex Sinclair clinching both the 350cc & 500cc Goldstar championships. Alex is a good lad and we look forward to seeing him out on track again this season.
Lee has decided to concentrate on the 500 class this year and hopefully we can put a bike under him fit for purpose.
Roll on Brands Hatch end of March.