Round 4 Race Report

National Endurance Championship – Snetterton 6 hours – 3rd August 2008

Visiting BSB Superbike team Co-Ordit Racing grabbed pole by over a second from current series leaders Sweatshop Moores Racing 2, with last years champions GBmoto (Mark Smith-H/Mick Godfrey/Mike Dickenson - CorporateFX Yamaha R1) rounding off the top three. Form from practice and qualifying suggested that the strength and depth of the Team Co-Ordit and the pace of their bike and riders, would pose a serious threat to the established Endurance teams, as the race start at noon approached.

With Sweatshop Moores & GBmoto battling away behind the leaders, BSB Supersport warrior Ben Wylie dumped the Sweatshop R1 at Russell’s necessitating a trip to hospital with a dislocated shoulder. At the 1 hour mark, GBmoto had reduced Co-Ordit’s lead to less than 2 seconds by using their vast pitlane experience during the first rider change, as well as “very effective” lapping of slower riders on track. Mark Smith-Halvorsen was on board for GBmoto during the 2nd hour, as all of the teams battled with light rain at a variety of times and places on the fast Norfolk circuit. He caught and passed Pete Bradshaw on the Co-Ordit bike, lost the lead seven laps later and then regained the lead in drying conditions to really make a good fight at the front – pushing ahead by six seconds. That was to change however in the next pit stops as the CorporateFX Yamaha threatened to ‘lose its throttle’ and the team lost 2 minutes repairing the twist-grip!

As the rider changes and fuel stop strategies varied, Co-Ordit built a three lap advantage over GBmoto by the 3 hour mark, with Ducks X Racing a solid third, from Moores Racing R6 and Darkside Racing. The championship leading Sweatshop Moores R1 was a regular visitor to the pits, as the gear selector was flexing making gear selection difficult. The trick here was for the team to complete at least 75% of the winning distance, to score some valuable points going into the final three races of the season?

Co-Ordit kept their 3 lap lead going into the final third of the race, with the GBmoto riders really pushing to close the gap in their second riding stints. As the final ½ hour approached, they had unbelievably clawed their way back onto the same lap. Co-Ordit were starting to slow as a worn front tyre strangled their pace; but GBmoto had one more stop to make, which saw Mike Dickinson finish a good stint and hand over to Mark S-H for the final 20 minute charge. Main sponsors CorporateFX Limited, had laid on a staff trip to see the team in action at Snetterton, with most of its employees amazed at the pace and ferocity of the sport. Richard Kennedy, Senior Account Executive for the City based FX brokers said “This is thrilling to watch – the boys are really pushing hard and little by little they have worked themselves back into the race. Watching the whole team focus and work together under so much pressure is amazing”.

With orders to ‘only push to the limit’ if Co-Ordit were to make another stop, ‘Macca’ stayed fast and solid to the end and took the chequered flag for GBmoto, for a close and credible second place. GBmoto has now swept convincingly to the top of the overall standings, with a 15 point lead over Darkside Racing and a further two point lead over main rivals Sweatshop Moores Racing. With three rounds left to compete in, it’s off to the challenges of Cadwell Park for the next round of the UK’s most challenging road race series.

Team GBmoto would like to thank their sponsors, for their help and support:
Corporate FX Ltd, Martin Williams & Co., Dunlop Motorsport, YPE Power, FW Developments, Bodyscience, Race By Design, PFM Brakes, Performance Friction, B&C Express, Hideout Leathers, Primus Coatings, Kapital Moto and the GBmoto Supporters Club.