Round 5 Race Report

National Endurance Championship – Cadwell Park – 30th August 2008

The leading National Endurance teams arrived in Lincolnshire with much to gain or lose, as the seven round UK Championship entered the second half of the season. Team GBmoto lead the National Championship by 18 points from Darkside Racing. However in the Pro-Superbike Championship, they still trail Sweatshop Moores by 8 points, due to a much smaller class entry and their Round 1 DNF.

All Ducks Cross’ best endeavors turned to dust as their chain broke on the warm up lap. They were to encounter a 20 minutes delay before the young John Railton ventured back into the fray. From the start it was TrackCraft, GBmoto and Sweatshop Moores who established themselves as top dogs, trading fastest lap times and positions at the front. Mick Godfrey’s job was made harder by consistently ‘getting the worst of the backmarkers’ as the high speed train flew round the tight and twisty turns of Cadwell Park. By the 40 minute mark only the leading trio was on the same lap. 7 minutes later TrackCraft who were leading the race, crashed at the chicane requiring the pace car to make an appearance. At the 1 hour mark, Sweatshop Moores had a 50 second lead over GBmoto, after a second pace car incident split the two on track and gave almost a whole lap’s advantage to them! Mick handed over to ‘Macca’ and during the 2nd hour Team GBmoto took the lead with the advantage being handed back their way after yet another pace car incident due to a crash. Asked about the CorporateFX Yamaha and his first stint, Mick Godfrey said “It’s going great, get me some water”.

The half distance report showed that GBmoto (using only two riders for this 'short' 4 hour race) enjoyed a two lap advantage over rivals Sweatshop Moores who were themselves two laps ahead of a trio of fit and fast 600cc machines; Darkside Racing, Team Viking, and Moores Racing. The ever helpful Fraser Greenroyd was able to turn his speed gun away from the pit lane for a few moments and recorded some random speeds across the start/finish line showing Sweatshop Moores @ 129mph, GBmoto @ 127mph and TrackCraft @ 128mph. So it’s not outright power that makes Team GBmoto fast, just the time and attention that the guys spend at and away from the track, in making the Yamaha R1 usable, reliable and effective.

At the conclusion of this fantastic race; GBmoto took a well deserved win with three laps over nearest championship rivals, Sweatshop Moores, with Darkside Racing in third. With an eye on the championship points and the remaining two rounds – it’s looking really good for the West Sussex based team in the National Series, where they now hold a 23 point advantage over Sweatshop Moores, with Darkside Racing only 1 point further back. In the Pro-Superbike Class they have now closed Sweatshop’s lead to just 3 points and will be doing everything they can to regain the advantage.

The Team are now facing an exciting 6 hour race at Mallory in two weeks time and doing everything in their power to maintain their pace, reliability and results before the season finale at Silverstone.

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.

RESULT

1 GBmoto 138 laps
2 Sweatshop Moores Racing 2 135 laps
3 Darkside Endurance 132 laps
4 Moores Racing 131 laps
5 TM72 Racing 131 laps
6 Team Viking 130 laps
7 SMF Racing 130 laps
8 White Tiger Racing 129 laps
9 Paul Gaskin Racing 129 laps
10 Team Throttle Monkey 128 laps

Fastest Lap: GBmoto 1m 36.367s