|This was rounds 13 and
14 of the National Championships and rounds 6-7 of the King of Clubs
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Go-Star Racers in attendance were,
- Barry Lukehurst, GSXR 600 Clubman/Supersport 600's
- William Gabrielli, RS250-Rookie 400's
- David Daws - Suzuki SZ650 Minitwins
Go-Star Supporters in attendance were,
- Rodders (reporter),
I do apologise for the length of time sense my last
report gentleman and ladies of Go-Star. But work has kept me busy as is
peak season now and time off is precious.
Well this is the report for the French round of the
King Of Clubs Championship. In attendance were Barry Lukehurst, William
Gabbrielli, David Daws as the racers ,and Leigh, Becca and myself.
We took the 7:30am shuttle through Eurotunnel ,there
were no delays and it was a smooth crossing ,getting us there at just
gone 9:00am French local time. The journey to the track was uneventful,
as the directions on the Bemsee site were very clear and easy to
understand, there was only one toll as well which was quite a result.
The weather was absolutely scorching all weekend ,this made setting up
everything a little sweaty to say the least. But once it was done we
could relax under the gazebo, and watch the UK track day that was in
progress at the time ,the organiser's of the trick day were offering all
the afternoon sessions to Bemsee members for £50 ,which to me did not
seem to bad ,only a few took them up on the offer with about 4 or so
riders in the fast group, all afternoon.
Well Friday morning came round after a sweaty night in
the tent's .First out for practice was Barry .Unfortunately he only
managed one and a half sessions out on track before disaster struck, in
the form of an over zealous 600 rider (no shocks there really), who ran
straight in to the side of Barry, knocking him off and sending his
freshly painted bike into the gravel trap !!!The air was blue to say the
least on his return to the gazebo !!!So that was Barry's day over with
really ,as repairs took most of day, and he only made it back out for
the last sessions of the day.
William(Gab's) was next up for practise ,but
unfortunately his luck was no better than Barry's, with him pulling over
after the first few laps with the bike over heating badly. This was the
end of his day on Friday and Saturday, as it did not become apparent
until late Saturday that the newly plated barrel he had just put on was
warped. He made it out for Sunday's two races .
Saturday was the first day of racing ,and with only
Barry competing today, it was fairly relaxed round the gazebo. He went
out in Supersport 600's and it was a fierce field, actually every class
was exceptional to say the least with the track record in every class
being wasted at least once over the weekend !!!!He managed to get a 22nd
in the first race and 19th in the second race ,it was a good showing
from Barry in a very competitive field. He also competed in Clubman
600's as well ,where he managed to get 15th and a point in the bag for
Sunday arrived ,and like the last few day's was a
scorcher ,I don't think any day it dropped below 28 degree's, Barry was
out in Supersport 600,s and managed to get 20th and 19th respectively.
With the like's of a certain Mr Kenny Burns(the next King Kenny maybe)
in the race's it was an amazingly quick group all weekend .He then went
out in Clubman 600's as well ,where he gained a 14th and two point's ,so
all in all a good weekend .
Gab's was out in Rookie 400's ,after he had rectified
the earlier problems with his RS 250 Aprillia. He started from back of
the grid in the first race and managed to fight his way through the pack
to finish in 10th .In the next race he started in 10th position and
unfortunately went back a place to cross the finish line in 11th place
,so he has earned some valuable points towards his championship this
season .Lets hope that this is the last of his problems ,as he has been
plagued by engine problems over the last few rounds .
Unfortunately David has beaten me in reporting how his weekend went ,but
it took the pressure of me so thanks.
From now on I will do a report and accompanying
photo's for who ever is in the same garage as Barry and Gab's ,this
should not be a problem though as it seems we are getting more organised
in this area ,which can only benefit everyone, racers and spectators a
My next report will be from Cadwell Park ,on the 15th and 16th of
august. Hope to see some if not all of you there.