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Cadwell Park Race Reports

13th -14th June 2015 

Thunderbike Extreme 

Qualifying - Track Conditions Rain / Wet

Position 24th Overall 15th in class Best Lap 2:04.718

 

Race 1 - Track Conditions Rain / Wet

Position DNF Best Lap 2:00.291

Gear lever broke at the end of lap 5 while running 15th Overall and 9th in class

 

Race 2 - Track Conditions Cloudy / Wet 

Position DNF Best Lap 2:15.026

Went out on Intermediate tyres and it rained during warm up lap

 

Race 3 Track Conditions Cloudy / Wet

Position 22nd Overall 15th in class Best Lap 1:59.562

 

Race 4 Track Conditions Cloudy / Damp

Position 12th Overall 10th in class Best Lap 1:48.403

 

 

Oulton Park Race Reports

29th -30th May2015 

Thunderbike Extreme (Primary Class)

Qualifying - Track Conditions Bright / Dry

Position 19th Best Lap 2:02.000

 

Race 1 - Track Conditions Cloudy / Dry

Position 12th Best Lap 1:58.934

 

Race 2 - Track Conditions Cloudy / Dry 

Position 13th Best Lap 1:56.796

 

Clubman Powerbikes (Secondary Class)

Qualifying- Track Conditions Bright / Dry

Position 35th 15th in class Best Lap 2:02.138

 

Race 1 Track Conditions Bright / Wet

Position 28th 11th in class Best Lap 2:05.468

 

Race 2 Track Conditions Bright / Dry

Position 29th 9th in class Best Lap 1:58.312

 

 

Silverstone Race Report

9th -10th May2015 

Qualifying- Track Conditions Cloudy / Dry

Position 22nd Best lap 1:21.547

 

Race 1 - Track Conditions Cloudy / Dry

Position DNF Best lap 1:22.744

 

Race 2 - Track Conditions Cloudy / Dry

Position 18th Best lap 1:21.533

 

Race 3 - Track Conditions Cloudy / Dry 

Position 20th Best Lap 1:20.527

Snetterton Race Report

25th -26th April 2015 

Qualifying- Track Conditions Rain  / Wet

Position 19th  Best Lap 2:44.010

 

Race 1 - Track Conditions Cloudy / Drying 

Position 17th Best Lap 2:20.082

 

Race 2 - Track Conditions Cloudy / Dry

Position 20th Best Lap 2:17.434

 

Race 3 - Track Conditions Cloudy / Dry

Position 17th Best Lap 2:17.553

 

Race 4 - Track Conditions Cloudy / Dry

Position 18th Best Lap 2:16.787

 

Brands Hatch Indy Race Results

4th -5th October 2014

Qualifying- Track Conditions Cloudy / Damp patches

 

Position 21st

 

Best time 56.577 on lap 11 of 12

Race 1 - Track Conditions Cloudy / Dry

 

Overall Finish Position 22nd

Class Finish Position    14th

 

Best time 54.138 on lap 7 of 10

Race time 9:14.255

Race 3 - Track Conditions Cloudy / Damp

 

Overall Finish Position 27th

Class Finish Position    16th

 

Best time 56.905 on lap 8 of 9

Race time 8:54.240

Race 2 - Track Conditions Raining/ Wet

 

Overall Finish Position DNF

Class Finish Position    

 

Best time 1:05.430 on lap 2 

Race time 

Race 4 - Track Conditions Cloudy / Dry

 

Overall Finish Position 22nd

Class Finish Position    14th

 

Best time 55.296 on lap 10 of 10

Race time 9:27.405

Snetterton 300 Race Results

6th -7th September 2014

Qualifying- Track Conditions Cloudy / Dry

 

Position 23rd

 

Best time 2:11.884on lap 5 of 6

Race 1 - Track Conditions Cloudy / Dry

 

Overall Finish Position 20th

Class Finish Position    14th

 

Best time 2:12:972 on lap 2 of 5

Race time 11:18.797

Race 3 - Track Conditions Cloudy / Damp

 

Overall Finish Position 25th

Class Finish Position    14th

 

Best time 2:14.461 on lap 6 of 7

Race time 16:00.779

Race 2 - Track Conditions Cloudy / Dry

 

Overall Finish Position 23rd

Class Finish Position    16th

 

Best time 2:13.713 on lap 3 of 5

Race time 11:18.662

Race 4 - Track Conditions Cloudy / Dry

 

Overall Finish Position 15th

Class Finish Position    8th

 

Best time 2:11.875 on lap 7 of 7

Race time 15:43.609

Brands Hatch GP Race Results

9th -10th August 2014

Qualifying- Track Conditions Cloudy / Dry

 

Position 32nd

 

Best time 1:50.237 on lap 3 of 6

Race 1 - Track Conditions Cloudy / Dry

 

Overall Finish Position 29th

Class Finish Position    15th

 

Best time 1:48:316 on lap 6 of 6

Race time 11:05.8199

Race 3 - Track Conditions Cloudy / Damp

 

Overall Finish Position 18th

Class Finish Position    11th

 

Best time 1:51.470 on lap 4 of 5

Race time 9:33.449

Race 2 - Track Conditions Cloudy / Dry

 

Overall Finish Position 29th

Class Finish Position    16th

 

Best time 1:45.758 on lap 5 of 5

Race time 9:05.441

Race 4 - Track Conditions Cloudy / Dry

 

Overall Finish Position 21st

Class Finish Position    15th

 

Best time 1:46.045 on lap 4 of 5

Race time 9:03.147

Cadwell Park Race Results

19th -20th July 2014

Qualifying- Track Conditions Cloudy / Dry

 

Position 26th

 

Best time 1:53.812 on lap 6 of 6

Race 1 - Track Conditions Cloudy / Wet

 

Overall Finish Position 18th

Class Finish Position    8th

 

Best time 2:01:108 on lap 7 of 7

Race time 14:19.881

Race 3 - Track Conditions Cloudy / Dry

 

Overall Finish Position 22nd

Class Finish Position    11th

 

Best time 1:50.977 on lap 2 of 8

Race time 13:09.086

Race 2 - Track Conditions Cloudy / Dry

 

Overall Finish Position 22nd

Class Finish Position    10th

 

Best time 1:51.604 on lap 7 of 7

Race time 13:18.948

Race 4 - Track Conditions Cloudy / Dry

 

Overall Finish Position 19th

Class Finish Position    12th

 

Best time 1:49.293 on lap 7 of 7

Race time 12:55.944

Oulton Park Report

23rd -26th May 2014

This week we do not have race results to post for the Oulton Park Weekend.

 

As you read the report the reason for this will become apparent.

The weekend did not get off to the best start when we awoke Friday morning to Heavy rain. The wet wheels were put onto the bike and as Paul left the garage the brake lever can back to the bar.

Returning to the garage the brake system was bled and found to have air in the fluid.

On checking before the second session the same thing occured. 

The master cylinder and the brakes lines were replaced, new fluid was run through the system and was bled again. 

The bike was ready to go on the first session after lunch and there was pressure in the system

The session was completed and the bike was feeling good over the lumps and bumps of Oulton.

Paul was feeling confident of a good weekend and maybe a move up into the top ten.

At the very end of the second session heading into the fast double apex Druids corner Paul suffered brake failure, Initially the lever came back to the bar again then the second pump of the brakes led to the front wheel locking.

The damage to the bike was extensive and there were some key components that the team don't carry as spares. It was not possible to source the parts and therefore Paul could not race the bike.

Analysis of the root cause has been carried out. A seal in one of the calipers had failed, this was allowing air and moisture into the system, this lead to one of the pistons sticking on. This lead to the pads dragging on the brake disc which in turn led to the brake fluid boiling causing the catasrophic failure.

 

Paul will be at the CVM event "The Gathering" in June and will return to racing in July at Cadwell Park

Silverstone Race Results

10th -11th May 2014

Qualifying- Track Conditions Cloudy / Wet

 

Position 13th

 

Best time 1:29.945 on lap 4 of 5

Race 1 - Track Conditions Cloudy / Dry

 

Overall Finish Position 11th

Class Finish Position    7th

 

Best time 1:19.863 on lap 5 of 6

Race 3 - Track Conditions Cloudy / Dry

 

Overall Finish Position 16th

Class Finish Position    10th

 

Best time 1:19.547 on lap 7 of 8

Race 2 - Track Conditions Cloudy / Dry

 

Overall Finish Position 16th

Class Finish Position    10th

 

Best time 1:20.215 on lap 2 of 5

Race 4 - Track Conditions Cloudy / Dry

 

Overall Finish Position 19th

Class Finish Position    10th

 

Best time 1:19.628 on lap 5 of 7

Snetterton 300 Race Results 26th -27th April 2014

Qualifying- Track Conditions Cloudy / Wet

 

Position 33rd

 

Best time 2:50.282 on lap 4 of 4

Race 1 - Track Conditions Cloudy / Dry

 

Overall Finish Position 20th

Class Finish Position    15th

 

Best time 2:24.639 on lap 3 of 5

Race 3 - Track Conditions Cloudy / Dry

 

Overall Finish Position 23rd

Class Finish Position    14th

 

Best time 2:18.414 on lap 4 of 5

Race 2 - Track Conditions Cloudy / Dry

 

Overall Finish Position 19th

Class Finish Position    12th

 

Best time 2:18.578.639 on lap 3 of 5

Race 4 - Track Conditions Cloudy / Dry

 

Overall Finish Position 18th

Class Finish Position    14th

 

Best time 2:17.383 on lap 5 of 5

The Chequered Flag

Pre-Season Angst

Welcome to the first of the articles by the rider Paul Bryant

After spending many years doing track-days with his mates in 2010 one of them suggested that it would be fun to try racing.

After a round or two of "I will if you will", Paul joined the British Motorcycle Racing Club (BEMSEE) and attended Rookie race school in February 2011.

Paul didn’t have a mountain of spare cash or a mega-rich title sponsor and being 45 he couldn’t exactly rely on Daddy to stump up the cash.

With this in mind his old Honda CBR600RR was converted from everyday road and occasional track-day use to full blown race machine.

 

The transformation took place in January 2011 in the living room of the house that he shares with his family.

For 4 weeks the sofa was pushed back, tarpaulin laid on the floor and a faint whiff of oil perfumed the air..

Braided brake lines were fitted, the front suspension had new progressive springs fitted and had new fork oil, the rear shock was replaced with a newer Showa unit, the coolant was removed and replaced with distilled water, the oil was changed, a shark fin was fitted to the swing arm, the sump drain plug, oil filler cap and oil filter were all lock-wired in place, a steering damper was fitted, a race fairing was fitted, numbers applied and a logo for the team was designed and stuck on, the side stand was removed finally the motorcycle was ready for rookie scrutineering.

Day two with BEMSEE are the rider ability sessions, small groups are given an instructor and over the course of the day they are assessed on their riding.

The instructors give advice on line and speed and gears, rest assured you may think you are the next Valentino Rossi but when you are going flat out, tucked in, eyes bulging they will come past you one handed, looking back at you indicating the line you should be on and gesticulating that you should be twisting the throttle not braking as you cross the start finish on the way into Paddock Hill (thanks Parks).

 

The final thing that you do as a large group is a practice start. You are allocated a grid position, and form up in the assembly area. Then you are flagged onto the grid.

At this point the nerves really start to build; it feels like a field full of butterflies have taken up residence in your stomach.

You stop on the grid and once everyone is formed up you are flagged away on the green flag form up lap.

At least when you are riding at 80% max you have something else to think about.

 

60 seconds or so later you are back on your grid slot, the tension builds again. It’s around now you think that your mate's idea to go racing is looking like a pretty poor one.

The marshal lowers the red flag and points at the lights……..The red lights come on……you build the revs to 10,000, make sure you are in gear one final time……..red lights off…let the clutch out as fast as you can without the front wheel swapping places with the back…change up….change up…phew….

 

OMG HERE COMES PADDOCK HILL WITH 28 OTHER GUYS THERES NO ROOM AAAAAGGGGGGGGHHH!

The first day of Rookie school was spent in the classroom being filled with information, vital not only for your own protection but for the safety of fellow racers and the hundreds of volunteers that come together to staff a race meeting with BEMSEE.

More on those unsung heroes in orange boiler suits in the future.

 

The briefings are given by racers and ex racers with tales that will fill you with dread, make you laugh, make you cry but above all teach you all you need to know to stay alive in what is, let’s face it, the hostile environment of a race track.

 

Admittedly the sport on the surface doesn’t appear as dangerous as it may have been in the early days, or even in the days in the 50’s 60’s and 70’s with hay bales the only thing between you and the abyss.

But on any given race weekend there is the potential for some very nasty things to happen.

Ask one of Paul’s mates who in trying to get off to a good start and get up the inside of him at Brands Hatch one weekend, flipped his bike and managed to run over his own foot.

Everyone who witnessed it said it was an incredible sight as his Triumph tried to make like a Saturn five.

Luckily Adam survived to race another day and the rogue machine did no more than leave its mark on the grid in a patch of oil that would shame Saudi Arabia.

 

Having completed all the briefings there is the fear of the ACU test, don’t worry though all the information you needed was supplied  in such memorable ways you will remember all and ultimately pass.

Faith Fueled Racing Launch

The 12th of February 2014 saw the launch of Faith Fueled Racing.

The team was started in 2011 as 2 Wheels Racing. Having taken a break from racing in 2013 to assess their priorities and goals the team will return in 2014 as a full time Thunderbike Extreme Competitor.

The team will run a 1995 Honda Fireblade with Paul Bryant as the rider.

Lindsey Bryant will continue as race engineer, catering manager, general dogsbody and saint.

First Race News

The first event for the Thunderbike Extreme Class will be at Snetterton in Norfolk on the 26th and  27th of April.

The configuration of this circuit changed in 2011 and the new long 300 layout is popular with riders and spectators alike.

The Bentley straight is one of the fastest in the country and there are  other challenging pieces of track.

The elevated viewing areas give fantastic sightlines enabling spectators to see lots of the action.

Lets hope the meeting isn't snowed off this year