|Snetterton 29th March
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This was one of the rounds hosted by the new Era club and
Chris Martin’s return to competitive racing after ten year break.
Go Star racers who were competing:
- Chris Martin Honda CBR600 (steel frame)
Go Star members supporting:
- Ian P
- Sean O
- Clifford H
- Matt T
Other support crew:
- Alan Lansdell
- Dave Scantlebury and boys (no relation to Rod!)
acquiring shore leave passes from our various dearly beloved other
halves (it was Chris’s wife’s birthday on the 29th and he was still got
out !!) the team hit the road Friday night, the team scouts in the form
of Dave S and boys, were sent on ahead to find a suitable spot for the
team “hospitality suite” (a tent and a borrowed van) the rest of the
team in the form of Chris and the chief cook and bottle washer Alan L
(big Al) arrived shortly afterwards and the tent went up with military
precision, just in time to squeeze in a beer before closing.
serious stuff started on Saturday, scrutineering was a mere formality.
No great surprise as Chris’s bike was immaculately prepared (and painted
www.united-colours.co.uk). The track opened for practice and the
“classic” steel framed CBR600 roared off into the distance, ten minutes
later it rolled back to bas with a less than happy Chris at the helm.
Front-end patter through some of the corners, diagnosed as a shot front
tyre at a previous test day had not fully disappeared with the fitment
of a new Dunlop 208gp. Time was short as Chris was to appear in race
two, so the front end set up was hastily adjusted.
Chris started from sixteenth on the grid and it soon
became apparent that all was not well, he slowly slipped back down the
field to 22nd, it was clear from the way he was attacking the corners
that the handling problem was still there. As the chequers fell Chris
was still 22nd.
and the rest of the crew arrived back at the tent in time to bump into
Ian P, just arriving, quickly followed by Sean O, Matt T and Clifford H
They arrived in time to see some of race 1. Niceties were exchanged and
Sean O and Co set off in search of food leaving Ian P behind. A hasty
consultation and counselling session with Ian P led to much measuring of
the rear suspension sag, resetting of the compression and rebound
settings, along with some tweaking at the front end, followed by a short
trip up the service road which saw a much happier Chris waiting for his
second race saw Chris starting from 26th on the grid, he got away
steadily with Ian P performing stopwatch duties from the pit wall. It
was instantly apparent that Chris was happier this time with the first
lap time of 1min 30 from a standing start. Slowly Chris ate away at some
of those in front getting quicker every lap, lapping in the low 1min 22
(to bloody slow – Chris).
As fatigue set in (old, unfit and tired) towards the
end, a tussle with a novice saw Chris lose a place only to slingshot
past the less experienced rider coming out of the last corner before the
flag. A finish of sixteenth and a big smile (and lots of cheering from
Sean O and co at Russell’s) was just reward for the hard work between
the races. The 29th was always planned as part of the learning curve for
Chris’s return, and as such the exercise was a success leaving Chris
satisfied that there was a great deal more to come from tuning the bikes
suspension set-up as well as work on his fitness.
Chris extends his thanks to all who supported him on
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