Brands TD 07-11-2001


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7 November 2001

Brands Hatch track day November 2001
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We went for another track day at Brands Hatch, but due to the time of the year only Ian Porter,  Matt Turner and myself (Sean Onipede) made it. Ian wanted to give the Yamaha YZF R1 its second outing, Matt wanted to see how good his new Suzuki GSXR600 would be and I was trying to start my Honda CBR400RR after it has sat outside my house for 3 months.

The day was overcast and damp but by the time we got to Brands Hatch, it started to rain hard. Ian had to change his wheels to "wets" which cost him a session while Matt and myself waited to be called by the track organisers because we had not pre-booked to get on the track.

Ian 1 Brands 7-11-01.jpg (60862 bytes)Ian managed to get in 2 sessions before lunch and he seemed to be enjoying himself, which was good as it was his first time on the bike in the wet. His lap times were respectable but his emphasis was on getting used to the bike under the conditions. Matt and myself looked on enviously until we were told that we could get out on the track after lunch.

sean Brands 7-11-01.jpg (44808 bytes)I was in the first group out after lunch and I had to come back into the paddock after only 4 laps because I was very frightened. The track was still wet and but the biggest problem was that my tyres were bald, I only had 25 psi (stupid boy) in the tyres and in my rush to get the bike ready in the morning I had chain lube all over the back wheel (idiot). 

I lost complete confidence in the bike and myself. Ian noticed the problems with the bike and I had two further sessions with my confidence fully restored (Phew). Consequently we have added a  Pre race checklist to our website.

matt Brands 7-11-01.jpg (66202 bytes)Matt went out next and he got into a groove immediately. Matt like myself had not done any track days at Brands (too expensive) and the track was dying out. He seemed very comfortable and was certainly nailing the Suzuki GSXR 600 K1 around mclaren and clearways. He had three sessions in total but on the second session he nearly high sided at clearways so he took it easy on the last session.

Ian was upset because the track had started to dry out which meant that he had to change back to dry tyres. He lapped consistently in the 56ís without trying and in traffic and damp conditions. He looked very good.

At these track days we seem to bump into characters. In fact we may have to start a regular feature on the people we meet at these track days.

bsa back.jpg (51291 bytes)We met Roy and Norma Wilson (??) who own a 1967 830cc BSA. They race the antique at classic races and were second and first for the year. 

I cannot remember the name of the series but Mike (their son) that rode the bike was very fast. It was a sight watching this antique going past the best of Japanesebsa front.jpg (43858 bytes) bikes. We at Go-Star believe that bikes are to be ridden and if they crash, shit happens. We raise our hats off to them and shame on all those exotic replaceable bikes parked in garages till next summer.


This is the second time someone that has shared our paddock has crashed. This time it was Ian Burgess who crashed his lovely Honda CBR 900 (or 600) track monster. It was the last session of the day and now it would be his last session of the year. No one like to crash, but especially not when your missus is watching, as his was. Anyway she seemed fine about it especially since he was OK and in good spirit about it too. 




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