Misano 4 hrs – 2nd open position for Atkinson, Brasher & Lindén.

Phase One Endurance returned with all guns blazing at Misano!

With Phil Atkinson second fastest on track, it was always going to be a great race. Qualifying was centred around getting Peter Linden comfortable on the bike as well as getting Hugh Brasher up to speed, both suffering from a two month lay-off. Conversely, Phil Atkinson was fresh from a period of seventeen consecutive weekends of racing, and mostly winning.

Team Force, event winners, fielded a strong team, Stephane Mertens being accompanied by Mathew Lagrive who replaced Greg Fastré for the event. As expected, they led qualifying with an impressive performance getting just inside the 2020 pace.

Phase One Endurance (Atkinson) started well and rose to 2nd at the end of stint one. From that moment the team didn’t drop out of the top five, despite some pretty average pit stops, none of which was perfect, but all were adequate and were a credit to what was a very inexperienced team (due to Covid).

Unusually for Peter Lindén, he played a very impressive supporting role, returning a performance like he hadn’t been away, despite his double knee replacement absence. Tucked in a couple of seconds behind Atkinson, he was returning to endurance with his head, and he delivered.

Hugh Brasher’s race strategy proved excellent and in optimising his and the others performance, it extracted the maximum possible out of all team riders.

The race itself was quite uneventful, with the only real disruption to the warm dry race being caused by a major oil spill and a twenty minute pace car period. there were no major incidents.

The Misano event certainly boosted the Covid fatigued team morale, and despite the ridiculously cramped pitboxes, the team go into the winter rejuvenated and already eager for March pre-season testing.

Thank you to all our sponsors for making our racing possible – see you in 2022.!!!

Misano 4 hrs – its been a long wait.!

We set off for Italy tomorrow, exactly one year since our last 4 hrs race.

Peter Lindén returns to make a 3-man team of Phil Atkinson, Peter Lindén and Hugh Brasher.

The pit team includes two new members, joining the old guard, Clive Chapman on fuel and Chris Halfknight helping with tyres.

Machinery remains the same as in 2020, with our pair of Suzuki XR69s, with just a few minor modifications.

A big part of the objective for this event is to simply restart endurance racing; its been too long and we will inevitably be a little rusty. That will need to change, as we need to hit the ground running to be competitive next season.

We are pleased to report that there are around 30 entries, so the worries about a post-covid collapse seem unfounded. It should be a great race. !

Thank you to all our valued sponsors for helping to make it happen, but especially Graham Marchant at Continental Tyres and Ian and Sharon at MC Electronics, who have been steadfast in their support through the pandemic.

The race starts at 18.00 hrs on Saturday 9th October.

Old ‘tin knees’ out at Assen !

Pete Lindén took to the track with the team last weekend at Assen. After 20 months and two titanium knees, Peter Lindén was back in style. It was supposed to be a low key, nice quiet start, not a race for the podium. However, that’s just what it turned out to be; yet again collecting cups for 2nd and 3rd places in the big 4 stroke races on the team’s XR69 Suzuki 1100.

There is still a bit of work to do before full flexibility is restored to both Peter’s knees, but he will be putting in maximum effort to be fit for Endurance later in the year. Fifty two laps around Assen was a fine start. We wish him luck.

Thanks to all our sponsors for helping to get us back on track – especially MC Electronics, Continental and Beringer for this one. We could not do it without you !

Chubby’s final send off

Well – spending an afternoon eating seemed appropriate, all things considered. ! Chub was remembered by the ‘old’ team in fine style at a BBQ on Sunday 27th June at the team HQ. The weather wasnt perfect but the company was! Furthest travelled we think was Dougie, coming down from Edinburgh way. About 40 team members, family and friends gathered to exchange stories and gossip centring around the big fella. Jilly and Wiggy travelled from Northampton, Christian from Farnham, Age up from Cornwall, Beth, Ben, Steve Rose, Layne, Prouty, Mrs B, Dave Martin, James Walker, Neil and Hel etc. were closer. Some of us had not met for 15 years – it really was a great do.

Uwe, Roy, Craig and Rox each called and wished to be remembered to all.

Cheerio old mate.

Chubby laid to rest last week

Chubby’s funeral was held on a lovely warm day last week when he was laid to rest in the company of Jilly, his parents, family and friends.

Because of Covid, numbers were limited to 30, but the ceremy was videod and can be seen using the link below.

For those who wish to attend a Phase One Chubby tribute picnic planned later this month, please contact Lida at lida@phaseone.co.uk for details

Website – https://www.obitus.com/

User Name – nuhe8248

Password – 635496

Chubby and Wiggy’s latest projects adorning Kettering crematorium for the occasion.

Chubby gets the last dance!