#82 – BMCRC – RND 4 – Brands Hatch GP

Race Report for #82 – Foo Hinnells

#82 – Foo HINNELLS travelled 100 miles to the UK’s world famous race circuit , Brands Hatch. Situated in West Kingsdown, Kent; it’s time for the longer Grand Prix (GP) Circuit and time for Rnd 4 with BMCRC (Bemsee) and the final round for the Season.

Wet Brands Hatch GP
Wet Brands Hatch GP

The weather was character building, with relentless rain but this did not stop the eagerness to set up. #50 – Fred McMULLAN was also on site and setting up. #82 – Foo HINNELLS was ready for the Team Manager, Ian Soilleux to arrive first thing in the morning.

Practice Day – Brands Hatch Indy

Ian Soilleux arrived with the two BD Racing UK CBR600’s prepped and ready to go. Tyre warmers were on, wets fitted and it was time to start the weekend.

Practice went well, albeit very wet and unpleasant but the bike felt good and it was great to be back.

Practice Day
Practice Day at Brands Hatch

Qualifying – Brands Hatch GP

Being first out, this was going to be interesting. The weather had not given up all night but enthusiasm was running high in Garage 30.

#82 – Foo HINNELLS headed to the collecting area for qualifying to start.

Each lap, #82 – Foo HINNELLS was setting a faster time and looked comfortable. On the last lap, #82 – Foo HINNELLS set a 1:57.349, qualifying #82 – Foo HINNELLS in P6. #12 – Cedric BLOCH took pole position with a lap time of 1:54.669; #86 – Paul WITHERINGTON in 2nd with a 1:55.038 and #710 – Craig HENSTOCK (Rookie) in 3rd with a 1:55.500.

Thunderbike Sport - Qualifying
Thunderbike Sport – Qualifying

Race 1 – Thunderbike Sport

The weather had not eased, so it was wets fitted still and after forming up on the grid; it was flags down, lights on and the race began.

After an incident on lap 2, the race was red flagged and restarted with a 3 lap race.

After the restart, #82 – Foo HINNELLS had moved up to 4th place, with #12 – Cedric BLOCH taking the lead; #351 – Sam DIGBY-BAKER in 2nd and #137 – Charlie CRAWT in 3rd.

After lap 2, #12 – Cedric BLOCH was still leading, with #22 – Matthew MAY moving up in to 2nd place. #82 – Foo HINNELLS had passed #137 – Charlie CRAWT moving up to 3rd.

Race 1 P3
Race 1 P3

With the chequered flag out, there was no change to the first 3 riders with #82 – Foo HINNELLS taking a podium place in 3rd.

Thunderbike Sport - Race 1
Thunderbike Sport – Race 1

Race 2 – Thunderbike Sport

Thankfully the weather had improved over the afternoon and the track had dried out nicely, so it was wets out – drys in and off to the collection area. #82 – Foo HINNELLS starting P5 on the grid.

After lap 1 it was #84 – Ricardo BRANCO in the lead, with #961 – Jack SIM in 2nd; #12 – Cedric BLOCH in 3rd and #82 – Foo HINNELLS in 4th.

Lap 2 saw no change in the first four, with the pack pulling away from #164 – Robert SALTMER in 5th place.

#961 – Jack SIM look the lead after lap 3, with #84 – Ricardo BRANCO now in 2nd; there was no change with #12 – Cedric BLOCH in 3rd and #82 – Foo HINNELLS in 4th.

With the last lap flag out, #961 – Jack SIM was still leading, #82 – Foo HINNELLS put in a great lap; moving up in to 2nd place. #12 – Cedric BLOCH remained in 3rd, with #84 – Ricardo BRANCO now in 4th.

With the top 5 riders encountering traffic on the last lap, #961 – Jack SIM took the chequered flag with #84 – Ricardo BRANCO moving up in to 2nd place; #82 – Foo HINNELLS claimed his second 3rd place of the weekend, with #164 – Robert SALTMER in 4th.

Happy Days
Not a bad days racing – 32 points in the bag

Happy with that !!!!!!!!!!!!

Thunderbike Sport Race 2
Thunderbike Sport – Race 2

Time now to be spoiled by Lesley’s Cafe (Flying Fox Race Team) and relax for the evening in preparation for tomorrow. Garage 30 has one happy Foo.

Happy Foo
Happy Foo

Race 3 – Thunderbike Sport

Well, perhaps we should have brought a speedboat to Brands Hatch, Sunday morning and the weather is very wet. Ah well; lets do what we came here for………… Race!

#82 – Foo HINNELLS starts race 3 on the grid at P4.

After the first lap, it was #164 – Robert SALTMER leading the race, with #82 – Foo HINNELLS in 2nd and #717 – James SHEEHAN in third.

At the end of lap 2, #82 – Foo HINNELLS had taken the lead, with #717 – James SHEEHAN in 2nd and #62 – James KING in third.

Lap 3 and #82 – Foo HINNELLS still led the race, with #717 – James SHEEHAN in 2nd abd #12 – Cedric BLOCH moving up into 3rd place.

The top three riders did not change places after the fourth lap, with #82 – Foo HINNELLS extending the gap to 2 seconds.

And #82 – Foo HINNELLS takes the chequered flag !!!!!! Get in Foo ! 3 seconds behind in 2nd place was #12 – Cedric BLOCH; with #717 – James SHEEHAN claiming 3rd.

Result - P1 Race 3
Result – P1 Race 3
Happy Days
Happy Days !!!!!!!!!

And it’s smiles all round !!!!

Thunderbike Sport Race 3
Thunderbike Sport – Race 3

Race 4 – Thunderbike Sport

With the weather not improving, in fact getting worse; with standing water on the track, #82 – Foo HINNELLS took the decision to step out of the final race of the weekend; and the Season.

Congratulations to #12 – Cedric BLOCH on taking the win; with #717 – James SHEEHAN in 2nd and #137 – Charlie CRAWT in 3rd place.

Well done #961 – Jack SIM on winning the inaugural Thunderbike Sport “Covid” Cup.

Thunderbike Sport Race 4
Thunderbike Sport – Race 4

Statement from Foo :

Well, after the highs of a win in race 3; and the weather taking a turn for the worst I have no axes to grind in the championship, I decide to quit while on top and sit the last race out. What an awesome weekend and made me realise that I’ve still got it.

Thanks to all the BD Racing UK fraternity, without them I would not be racing this year. They’ve deffo given me the will to continue racing. Huge thank you to Ian Soilleux who made this all happen. Ian works tirelessly and to whom I’ve trusted with everything. Thanks to all the lovely people who continue to follow me and believe in what I do. You all have a piece of my heart. Right, onto next season 💪🏻💪🏻

What a season, and a final round!

Celebrations
Celebrations
The Four Musketeers
The Four Musketeers

#50 – BMCRC – RND 4 – Brands Hatch GP

Race Report for #50 – Fred McMullan

Time for Rnd 4 with BMCRC (Bemsee) and the final round for the Season. We travelled 100 miles to the UK’s best loved race circuit , Brands Hatch. Situated in West Kingsdown, Kent it’s time for the longer Grand Prix (GP) Circuit.

Brands Hatch GP Circuit
Brands Hatch GP Circuit

Arriving Thursday night, the weather was relentless and the rain persistent; nevertheless we set up in Garage 30 in preparation for practice the following day (Friday). #82 – Foo Hinnells (also with BD Racing) was also setting up.

#50 – Fred McMullan with fellow Team Rider #82 – Foo Hinnells (BD Racing UK)

Practice Day – Brands Hatch Indy

Team Manager of BD Racing, Ian Soilleux arrived early and we helped unload Foo’s two CBR600’s and set up the garage ready for the start of the Practice Sessions.

Having never raced the GP Circuit, it was good to gain track time on the Indy Circuit but #50 – Fred McMULLAN had to study. This was the extra corners to be included in the GP Circuit ready for Race Day in the morning.

All went well during practice albeit the weather did not ease, Eddie Allen, Pit Crew arrived in the evening and all was in place for qualifying in the morning.

Qualifying – Brands Hatch GP

Well, time to face the GP Circuit; with a baptism of fire. Having studied the circuit a few more times it was time to see it for real. The weather was still bad, with a wet track.

As we all headed to the Collection Area, #50 – Fred McMULLAN was running the circuit layout in his head and then it was time to head out.

The first few laps, #50 – Fred McMULLAN was learning the ‘extended’ circuit and started to gain confidence. This allowed his riding to ‘flow’.

Each lap, #50 – Fred McMULLAN was setting a faster time and looked comfortable. On the last lap, #50 – Fred McMULLAN set a 1:59.716, qualifying #50 – Fred McMULLAN in P3. #55 – Harrison DESSOY took pole position with a lap time of 1:57.733; and #196 – Jack KIRSCH in 2nd with a 1:58.570.

Team Green Qualifying
Team Green Qualifying

Race 1 – Team Green

With Race 1 ready to start, the track was still wet and the riders formed up on the Grid.

Flags down, lights on and the race was underway. #50 – Fred McMULLAN didn’t have a good start dropping down to 8th place. #2 – Joe THOMAS took an early lead with #55 – Harrison DESSOY in second and #196 – Jack KIRSCH in third place.

After lap 2, #2 – Joe THOMAS had extended his lead. #196 – Jack KIRSCH had passed #55 – Harrison DESSOY moving up to second place; with Fred working his way through traffic into 6th place.

Lap 3 saw no change in the first three riders. #50 – Fred McMULLAN was riding well gaining another place, passing #113 – Mikey HARDY moving up to 5th place.

Photo Courtesy of Gavin Elliot

After the penultimate lap, #2 – Joe THOMAS lead with a 4.3 second gap, in front of #55 – Harrison DESSOY who had passed #196 – Jack KIRSCH. #50 – Fred McMULLAN had gained another place moving up to 4th place.

With the chequered flag out, #2 – Joe Thomas took the win for the seniors.

#55 – Harrison DESSOY won the Junior class, with #196 – Jack KIRSCH in second place, and #50 – Fred McMULLAN finishing 4th overall; and third in class.

Team Green - Race 1 Results
Team Green – Race 1 Results

Race 2 – Team Green

With race incidents impacting scheduled running of the races, Team Green Race 2 started late; but thankfully the track was now dry.

#50 – Fred McMULLAN had a much better start, positioned 5th on the grid moved up to fourth after the 1st lap. #2 – Joe THOMAS took the lead again, with #55 – Harrison DESSOY in second; and #196 – Jack KIRSCH in third.

After lap 2, #196 – Jack KIRSCH had took the lead, with #2 – Joe THOMAS in second, #55 – Harrison DESSOY in third; and #50 – Fred McMULLAN in fourth place.

Lap 3 saw #2 – Joe THOMAS retake the lead, with #55 – Harrison DESSOY in second. #196 – Jack KIRSCH was pushed back to third; with #50 – Fred McMULLAN holding fourth with a good gap between him and #47 – Joe FARRAGHER in fifth place.

After lap 4, the battle with the top 4 riders continued with #55 – Harrison DESSOY taking the lead. #2 – Joe THOMAS was now in second with #50 – Fred McMULLAN moving up to third place. #196 – Jack KIRSCH was pushed down to fourth place; with only 0.8 seconds between these 4 riders.

Photo Courtesy of Gavin Elliot

#2 – Joe THOMAS took the chequered flag for the Senior class, with #55 – Harrison DESSOY winning the Junior class. #196 – Jack KIRSCH took second place with #50 – Fred McMULLAN in third.

Team Green – Race 2 Results

What a day! Roll on tomorrow.

Race 3 – Team Green

With the rain not easing all night, it was a damp morning with a wet track. 3 Races had been rolled over from yesterday so time to focus on the penultimate race.

#50 – Fred McMULLAN was P3 on the grid, with #2 – Joe THOMAS on Pole and #196 – Jack KIRSCH in P2.

The race did not go as planned for #50 – Fred McMULLAN sliding out at Clark on the first lap.

The weather took its toll on 4 further riders, with 25 completing the race in very wet conditions.

#196 – Jack KIRSCH took the win in the race and also for the Juniors, with #55 – Harrison DESSOY in second place. #47 – Joe FARRAGHER finished third; with the first 3 crossing the line being Juniors.

Team Green – Race 3 Results

Race 4 – Team Green

#50 Ready for Race 4 after the off in Race 3

With the weather not improving and #50 – Fred McMULLAN securing 3rd place in the Junior Cup the team discussed Race 4.

It was a clear decision not to partake and consider damage limitation.

The Juniors lead the Seniors in horrendous conditions with #55 – Harrison DESSOY taking the win. #47 – Joe FARRAGHER finished second; with #17 – Charlotte MARCUZZO in third.

Team Green – Race 4 Results
Team Green Juniors

What a season, and a final round!

Smiles all Round

Statement from #50 – Fred McMullan

“What a Season, Firstly I would like to thank my family for supporting (and funding) me on my dream. I would also like to thank everyone at BD Racing UK, especially Ian Soilleux (Team Manager) for taking me under the Team Wing and achieving my first Pole Position and my first podium finish in 1st place.

Finishing the Team Green Junior Championship in 3rd is unbelievable and to be honest, I m still smiling from ear to ear.

Already looking forward to the next season on 2021.”