Donington Park 27th /28th July – what a wash out. ! The final round of what in the end was just a four race series, was held over a weekend of torrential rain. Peter did what he needed to do, finishing 3rd (350), behind Phil Atkinson and Ant Hart to secure second in the championship, but it was far from fun.
Jean Paul Lecointe finished a creditable fourth to consolidate his status as 2019 ICGP champion, a position he thoroughly deserved, after a faultless series long performance.
In summary, the team aimed to treat 2019 as a learning year and then have a crack at being competitive in 2020, so second in the championship was definitely beyond expectations. However, in terms of motorcycle development and set-up we still have an awful long way to go……..the Ant Harts and Ian Simpsons are well ahead, but in sight!
A big thank you to Eric Saul for his efforts in creating and running this series, to our lead sponsor Roy Hood, our trade sponsors and our dedicated team. Well done to all.
Classic Bol d’Or is next, 20/21st September. Round 1 Friday night, round 2 Saturday morning.
The final 2019 ICGP round will be held at Donington Park this weekend, 27th/28th July. Peter Lindén lies 2nd on the Team’s BSR 350TZ Yamahas, with an aim to close the gap on series leader and certain champion Jean Paul Lecointe. (Peter Lindén has 89 points and Jean Paul Lecointe 127, with Ian Simpson third with 70 points).
With very little track time (Saturday and Sunday only) the circuit knowledge that Peter has may give a slight advantage.
One of the most interesting aspects of this meeting will be to compare ICGP with the GP Originals Series and to meet some like minded competitors on similar machinery.
After the conclusion of the ICGP Series, the Team is aiming to contest the final Italian round which will be held at the same meeting as the 4 hour Endurance at Misano in October.
Two hard fought third places, one in the wet and one in the dry, strengthened Peter Lindén’ s second place in the 2019 ICGP standings (tbc).
Leg one, held in wet but not pouring conditions proved Peter’s competitiveness, leading for much of the race and swopping places with arch rival Jean Paul Lecointe and Stefan Tennstadt.
On the final lap Peter lay second to Lecointe but was robbed of the chance for a win by fuel starvation due to unexpected fuel surging after slowing for a series of bends. Despite 1.5 litres remaining at the end of race one and 2 litres remaining at the end of race two, it was not enough to prevent the momentary blip that prevented the top result.
Race two was a desperate battle for second and third places. Ian Simpson, a non-starter in race one due to a recovering collar bone injury, simply romped away to a 15 second lead. Ian was simply in a class of his own. Peter and Jean Paul Lecointe swapped positions at least 4 times with the latter taking the second place honours at the flag.
Round 4 of the series takes place at Donington Park on the weekend of 27th July.
See you there.
Thank you to all our sponsors for their enthusiastic support and well dome team ! RB
Congratulations to Team Taurus for their deserved win at Oschersleben and Roadrunner for their championship lead. For us, the race ended on lap two when Jari went down with six others, on fluid dropped by another competitor on the opening lap. Jari was hospitalised with a broken vertebrae and has been kept in for a few days for rest and observation. he is expected to make a complete recovery.
The meeting until that point had gone well, qualifying fourth on aggregate, with Hugh Brasher showing his best performance of the year, mixing it with Dirk Brand, and finishing qualifying sixth in his session. Peter Linden continued to do what he does so well with Jari, still learning the circuit, tucked in just behind.
Within the team, we know this bike and rider line-up is the most competitive we have had for a while…..the problem is to prove it.!
The team depart for Finland this afternoon for the third round of the ICGP series being held at Imatra this weekend.
The Oschersleben 4 hrs race will support the WEC event on the weekend of 8/9th June. The race will actually be held on the Friday afternoon and into the evening on the 7th. The team will keep its very successful Paul Ricard line-up and with some further machinery modifications hopes to improve on the 4th class position achieved at Paul Ricard.
Looking forward once again to seeing you all there.
Thanks to Continental tyres, MC Electronics and all our other sponsors for their dedicated support.
New man Jari Tuovinen (Swe) stamped his mark with the fastest race lap at Paul Ricard. It was a great start with the new bike and the team were jubilant. As a first effort, Jari capitalised on the team’s 2nd position in qualifying and rode a great first stint. His record time was 2 mins 19.006 secs, helping him to first place, followed by Team Force at the first changeover. Hugh Brasher and Peter Lindén consolidated until a blocked fuel filter (always a possibility with new tanks despite the cleaning) and a broken gear lever necessitated two unplanned stops, dropping the team to 13th overall (4th Open) at the flag.
Congratulations to Continental Tyres on their fastest race lap. !
Thanks to all our sponsors for making this great start possible; this year the team is as keen as ever to give the bike its first race win….. Oschersleben is next , on June 7th .
See you there. RB
ICGP 350 Yamaha
Peter Lindén, still battling back to full fitness, scored another fine 4th place in race one at Paul Ricard, trailing race winner Ian Simpson, 2018 champion Ant Hart and series leader Jean Paul Lecointe.
The team did not take part in race two due to an gearbox oil issue (exiting from the breather) which made it unsafe to contest the race. After 4 races (2 x Valencia and 2 x Paul Ricard) Peter still lies 2nd (TBC) in the championship. The next round is at Imatra on 15th June.
Paul Ricard is the first round of a four race European series for classic bikes up to 1986. The races are at Paul Ricard, Oschersleben in June, Spa in July and Misano in October. Then there is the big race of the year, the Classic Bol in September.
Peter Linden , Hugh Brasher and new boy, Jari Tuovinen all fly south on Thursday to try the Mk2 version of the team’s XR69 Suzuki at Paul Ricard. Since testing, extensive improvements have been made, mostly in detail but also with weight distribution, having found the bike a little front weight biased. All up weight for qualifying is a satisfying 169.5 kgs.
Thanks to all our sponsors for making it happen.
The new bike is a credit to the team, lets hope it goes as well as it looks.! See you down there.! RB
Peter Linden will also be contesting round two of the ICGP series, in which he lies second at the moment, on the team’s Bill Simpson TZ350s. Good luck to Peter.