Paul Ricard 4hrs

Peter Lindén and Tony Rees made a great retro-pairing, after last riding together at the Oschersleben 24hrs some 20 years ago.! It was fantastic to meet up with Tony, Vicki and Damon after all this time, and it clicked like it was yesterday.

The pair qualified in an excellent fifth position (amongst the new ‘Evo’ class bikes which are intended to be formally introduced in 2023) with Peter Lindén declaring himself fit to start. Peter’s recovery from his double knee replacement has been truly remarkable, allowing him to run across the track at quite a reasonable pace.

The start of the dry warm race (Team Force in Pole) was unremarkable with Lindén handing over to Rees in 4th position after 45 minutes. By now, Roadrunner had retired with a broken cylinder stud and Taurus had dropped to last. Rees went well (his first classic endurance event), staying out of trouble and riding steadily before handing over to Lindén, still in 4th position after 90 mins. By half-race distance the team were lapping at second position pace and were gaining steadily on 3rd. However, at 2 hrs and 10 mins it was all over when Peter Lindén stopped with a broken 4th driven gear. A shame about the result, with the rostrum a real prospect, but an absolutely super race meeting.

Congratulations to Team Force on another fine win.

Thanks to all our sponsors, team and supporters – sorry we couldn’t repeat the Mettet result !

Next up, Navarra in early August quickly followed by Peter on home turf on the XR69s and TZ350s in Sweden.

Pictures courtesy of Alain vande Craen

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