New Season, New Circuits – lets Race!

The new Classic Endurance season looks to be the most exciting for years – five races, with four championship rounds and an Oschersleben Speedweek 4hrs event to top it off. The team’s racing year starts at Valencia with a 3-day test in March, followed by the Osch event in May. Here is the full calendar:

Valencia test 15th – 17th March. Oschersleben 4hrs May 20th -23rd Paul Ricard 4 hrs 10th June Spa Francorchamps 4hrs 2nd/3rd July Navarra ( ESP) 4 hrs 6th/7th August Most (CZ) 4 hrs 8th/9th October

Peter Lindén will again be the mainstay of the season, competing in all races, supported by Phil Atkinson and Hugh Brasher where work and other commitments allow.

Navarra and Most have never hosted classic, or world endurance events before, so those new races will be particularly enjoyable.

The main team members can’t wait to get cracking and this year we are keen to introduce some new starters to enjoy the experiences and invest in the future. If anyone has ever thought of joining the team – now is the time.! The season beckons.

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 !