ThundersportGB GP1 Elite - Rockingham
Race 1 - 7th
Race 2 -10th
Race 3 - 8th
After the disappointment over the collapse of my plans to race at BSB Superstock1000 again this season, it has all been very quiet. Funding constraints have meant I have not been able to get out on track, but it got to the point where I couldn't stand it any longer, and so with some help from my fantastic sponsors, I was able to finally get back out there for a ThundersportGB meeting.
I had entered the GP1 Elite, which was all I was eligible for, but did present its own challenges as nearly all the bikes were seemingly superbike spec and 95% of them were on slicks! No matter, I was up for a great weekend and that is what we got.
The Friday test day allowed me to remember what all the levers do, and also to get back to grips with the speed of the ZX10 :-) It didn't take too long, and before lunch we were tweaking setups to get the best out of it.
We still felt there was a fair bit to come when we got it all sorted, and I was having to relearn the track as it felt much tighter and twistier on a 1000cc bike, compared to my last visit which had been on a 600cc. Couple that with getting used to the new power delivery of the Race ECU we had installed for the Superstock season, there was a lot of learning going on! So, we ran qualifying on an old tyre, as this grid was only for the first race and Sunday's grids would be determined from Saturday's fastest race laps. I qualified 17th overall, which I was pretty pleased with, but knew there would be more to come.
I got a terrible start, as I discovered another 'feature' of the Race ECU - I've never been one for assistance off the line but it seemed this ECU was determined to give it. I made back up a few places over the first lap, then settled in to what was to be a fantastic battle that last all race. The place swapped many times, until, on the penultimate lap he missed a gear out the the fast banking section of the Rockingham circuit. I was very close as I was lining up to make a pass - I had to take a evasive action so as not to hit the rider ahead, which sent me way off line and out onto the dirty bits of the circuit. All this drama ended in me losing 3 places on the last lap. :-( !! Even so, I still managed 7th in class, so was pretty pleased.