Snetterton 22 March 03


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 Snetterton 22nd & 23rd March

This was Bemsee King of Clubs Round 1 2003 being held at Snetterton.

Go star racers who were competing:

  • Barry Lukehurst Suzuki GSXR600

Go Star members supporting:

  • Rod Scantlebury

Well myself and Barry Lukehurst (racer #96) got back from Snetterton at about 11:30pm last night. It was a good weekend , the weather in the day time could not have been better!!! the evening was a different matter, with ice
covering the tent we were in !!!! we seemed to be the poor relations in our tent, as the rest of the paddock was from caravans up to articulated lorries, still it did not dampen our mood as this is what club racing is all about.

Barry had a good race day. He was participating in 600 clubman's, which was 1 race on its own. He managed to place a respectable 14th, which gained him 2 points. Barry also raced in the two 600 supersport races of the day, managing to get 23rd and a 9th respectively. Which considering his bike is at least 2 years older than the majority of the field and a large proportion of the grid was made up of MRO riders practising for the next days races, it was a good result over all. This is purely from a spectator and team helpers point of view, so I will not ramble on giving you a corner by corner account of the racing, that's what the riders forum is for.

After the winter break it was good to get track side again ,and enjoy  the friendly atmosphere of the pit lane and paddock. Unfortunately there seemed to be less familiar faces from last year, but it was the first round of the year and i expect as the season progresses we will have the chance to catch up with a few of them. It was a bit disappointing that we were the only people from Go Star ,but I understand that families and other commitments come into the equation. Lets hope that we can catch up with each other as the season progresses.

We had the pleasure of sharing our garage with Jon Barton a racer of 13 years, he has raced in European  championships and is a very respected Isle Of Man TT rider. The lap record is 128mph average, and his best last year
is 120mph. It was a real pleasure to sit and watch his mechanics tinkering and fettling with the bikes as he was testing. Jon was riding a 998 Ducati in super twins ,which I have to say he made the rest of the field look very ordinary, breaking the lap record for the RSV Mille class on his Ducati on the second lap of his race, he finished 1st in that race by  "a country mile !!!!!". He was also riding a 748 (in supersport 600) and an FZR 400 (in supersport 400).

On the FZR he placed a respectable 3rd place, as on the second lap of the 400 super sport race he developed a miss fire ,but held the position until the finish line. Keep an eye out for this name when MCN post their Island results !!!!!!!!A genuinely nice guy with time to talk and have a laugh with.

I would just like to send my deepest sympathies to the friends and family of the young lad, sadly i do not know his name, who died yesterday after an incident coming down the start/finish straight, in the first race of the day. I wish the other person involved a speedy recovery also. It brings home the fact that this is a dangerous sport, its easy to forget this when you get caught up in the atmosphere of the weekend, regrettably it takes something like this to bring it home to us again. Lets just hope and pray that this is the last we will see of this for the rest of the season!!!

I will sign of now, take care everyone and hope to see you all soon (the vodka is brewing!!! those that know me will know what that means).

Regards Rodders.

By Rod Scantlebury


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Pembrey 24-26 June 05
Croix en Ternois 11-12 June 05
Brands 30 April & 1 May 05
Lydden Hill 2-3 April 05
Snetterton 12-13 March 05
Brands GP 29-30 June 04
Lydden 15-16 May 04
Cadwell Park 17-18 April 04
Croft 3 April 04
Brands Hatch 5,6,7 March 04
Snetterton 27,28 September 03
Mallory 7 September 03
Snetterton 30-31 August 03
Cadwell Park 9 August 30
Cadwell Park 26-27 July 03
Croix en Ternois 13-12 July 03
Mallory Park 6 July 03
Mallory Park 26 May 03
Brands Hatch 24-26 May 03
Snetterton 3,4,5 May 03
Lydden Hill 4,5,6 April 03
Snetterton 29 March 03
Croft 28-30 March 03
Snetterton 22 March 03
Brands Hatch 8-9 March 03

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