Last weekend’s Classic Bol was just as it should have been. With 68 starters, a highly competitive field and a race full of drama, it was the the best Classic Bol for years. Our race was never going to be special; after a light crash and then a gearbox failure on the XR69, we were forced to use the spare bike, which slowed us by approx 4 seconds per lap. Nevertheless, we pushed hard and despite a unplanned battery stop in leg one achieved a 13th combined race finish.
For us race two, with no problems, was the better leg. Linden started, hobbling across the track to slot into 8th place at the end of lap one. Peter then had a fun 45 minutes, swopping more than 10 times between 8th and 10th, with old friend and team mate Stephane Mertens watching the drama from 11th on the team bike Honda RC 30. Hugh Brasher rode well, consolidating the position and allowing Peter Linden, in his second stint, to springboard to 7th at the end of Saturday’s race. Team Bike (Mertens/Sinclair) finished leading Brits in 5th, Phase One 7th, Team Parts Europe (White/Crampton) were 8th and Neate Racing (Neate/Towers) were 12th, after suffering an oil seal failure in the late stages.
The team will be back on the No.1 bike at Misano in 3 weeks for the final race of 2019.
Thanks to all, team and sponsors alike, it was another fine Bol d’Or Classic. !!
Enduring start to the 2019 Classic Bol d’Or!
Peter Linden and Hugh Brasher had a testing day one at this year’s event.
During the first session, Hugh Brasher was cruelly brought down by another rider (Team 88), whose ambition clearly outweighed his talent.
The team replaced the damaged components only to suffer a first gear failure in the first Qualifying session.
Despite those setbacks, the team managed to get a top ten position in the changeable track conditions.
At the time of writing the crew are aiming to do a gearbox transfer from the spare engine in an effort to get the bike ready for qualifying 2 tomorrow morning.
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