Following an excellent two day test at Valencia, where all objectives were achieved and which involved Peter Lindén, Hugh Brasher and Ian Simpson, it all came to nought at Vallelunga!
Peter Lindén and Hugh Brasher qualified in third spot behind Team Taurus (44), with Giorgio Cantalupo and Sandro Caprara and the fast charging Team Scuderia Officine (333) with Samuele Sardi and Emiliano Bellucci.
|Long queues for the scrutineering|
After 25 minutes Peter Lindén led and built a 4 second lead by stop 1, at 43 minutes. Hugh Brasher returned to the track in an even better position, leading by 18 seconds.
At stop 2 and stop 3 the team held a steady 3rd position, well in touch with Scuderia Officine, who led.
A mid-race stoppage, due to a bike fire on track, turned into an Italian farce. No pace car, nor parc fermé were available and all bikes returned to their pits awaiting instructions.
These can in town crier fashion with the organisers making the rules up on the hoof, contradicting each other and making no coherent sense… poor Segale suffered a 1 minute penalty for wiping the screen!
Anyway, farce over, our race resumed… but not for long. Hugh Brasher pitted with 45 minutes remaining with a broken gearbox! It was a real shame, as Peter Lindén had scored the race fastest lap and absolute class record whilst chasing for the lead after the race stoppage and Hugh Brasher had delivered a 1 min. 54 sec lap and was displaying top form!
|Fastest lap trophee|
Next week off to Paul Ricard for round one of the FIM European Classic Series.
Ian Simpson and Peter Lindén will join forces on the Sweatshop Phase One bike… and this one really does count!
See you in the Provence next week.
|Golden memories, James Ellison on the No 3 Phase One bike|