“Team”. A group of people with a full set of complementary skills required to complete a task, job or project.
A “Team” becomes more than just a collection of people when a strong sense of mutual commitment creates synergy, thus generating performance greater than the sum of the performance of its individual members.
Ian SoilleuxTeam Manager
Ian started Racing in 1993 firstly with North Gloucester Road Racing Club and subsequently New Era Motorcycle Club, National Superteen Championship and East Midland Racing Association.
Ian took a break between 1997 until 2002 returning with Derby Phoenix in the F400/KR1 Cup and with Team Sparrow (Steve Jordon) in 2003.
Following another short break. Ian returned to NGRRC in 2005 and in 2006 joined BMCRC (Bemsee) racing in the Minitwin Class.
In 2009 Ian took a step back from racing in order to support his Brother, Jason during his Rookie year and until 2012 Ian continued to spanner and coach riders. Also becoming a Marshall but racing was still in his blood.
In 2014 Ian become one of the first club instructors with Bemsee.
In 2015 and 2016 Ian competed in the Manx GP and Jurby
Returning to Bemsee Ian continued instructing and mentoring up and coming riders and in 2019 BD Racing UK was formed with the Team’s Rider, Dan Singleton winning the Thunderbike Sport Class on the Teams CBR 600.
2020 brings new challenges and dreams with 2 riders in the BD Racing UK Stable.
#137 - Charlie CrawtSponsored Rider
Charlie started his racing career in 2018 with BMCRC (Bemsee) where he took on the MRO Rookie Minitwin Championship.
Charlie obtained a total of 23 podium finishes (15 first’s, 7 second’s and 1 third); and with two rounds in hand, he managed to secure the Championship Title racing at Brands Hatch GP; with Christopher Evans finishing second and Robert Franklin finishing third.
These three riders first met at the Rookie Day in Ian Soilleux’s garage at Brands Hatch where Ian was assigned as their mentor and Club Instructor
In the following years Charlie continued to race in the MRO Minitwin class as well as exploring other classes such as the British Endurance series, Thunderbike Sport and British Mini Bikes.
Building the Team spirit, Charlie joined Christopher Evans and Ian Soilleux at the first round of the No Limits Endurance series at Donnington Park in 2019.
Charlie is looking forward to competing in the Thunderbike Sport Class in 2020 riding the BD Racing 2002 CBR600F Sport.
#36 - Leo SoilleuxSponsored Rider
Welcome to the youngest member of the BD Racing UK Team.
Leo Soilleux has had the passion for motorcycle racing ever since he was taken to his first race by his father, Jason.
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#82 - Matt 'Foo' HinnellsSupported Rider
Matt Hinnells, or "Foo" as he is known in and around the paddock has been riding motorbikes since he was 11 on anything he could throw his leg over. In 2005 Foo brought his 1st track bike (Suzuki GSXR K2) as his friend had brought one also, and thought he would give riding on track ago.
After doing many track days, Foo’s friend thought he'd have a go at getting his race licence and race his bike. Needless to say, Foo followed. In 2006 Foo competed in his 1st ever race, in the Rookie 600's. Foo was 100% hooked and couldn't get enough. 14 years on Foo is still doing it and loving every minute of it, meeting new friends and new challenges along the way.
Foo raced in the Thunder Bike Extreme class on a 02 Aprilia Mille, since 2015, and proudly finished 2nd in the Championship for 2 seasons. Foo is also the Thunderbikes Extreme and Ultra’s rider’s rep. Previous to that Foo was competing in the Minitwins class for 6 years.
After taking a small sabbatical away from competing a full season last year, Foo is now back competing in the new Thunderbike Ultra class in 2020, that Foo was involved with creating. Foo has the fire back and ready to ruffle some feathers.
Foo will be competing in the Thunderbike Ultra class on a 2008 Yamaha R1 4c8.
#50 - Fred McMullanSupported Rider
After cutting his teeth at Motocross, aged 6 in 2013; Fred discovered his passion for motorcycles. This was encouraged by his parents and family.
His little 40cc ‘twist and go’ gave Fred the confidence to push himself further; to the point, whilst attempting a jump he broke the forks.
This did not deter Fred.
With the fire in Fred’s belly and oil running in his veins, he entered the British Minibike Championships aged 9 in 2017, competing in the standard class of Mini GP 140. With instant confidence, Fred took to the manual gearbox but lacked track experience.
With assistance from Charlie Hall, Head Coach of Racecraft Rider Development ; Fred was a sponge for knowledge and Charlie informed his family that Fred had the ability to put into action what he was being taught.
Continuing with BMB, Fred entered the Winter Series of 2017/2018 and all the hard effort paid off with Fred winning 2nd in class. During the 2018 Summer Series, Fred enjoyed many ‘battles’ and with each race his confidence and experience grew. Although not achieving a finishing place higher than 3rd on the podium; Fred ended the series in 4th place overall. What next? 1 week before his 12th birthday, Fred passed his ACU with ThundersportGB. Looking to compete in the Superteens Class during 2019, his Grandfather brought him an Aprilia RS125. It was an interesting season for Fred both gaining experience on a larger track and realising it is an expensive sport – going through 3 engines in 5 rounds!
Fred and his family persevered through the season and finished the season 3rd out of the Aprillas in the Superteens class .Fred ended the season on a restricted (because of his age) Kawasaki 300 and loved every minute of it. In 2020, Fred moved to the British Motorcycle Racing Club (BMCRC – Bemsee) to compete in the ACU Team Green Junior Cup and Team Green Championship on the ‘now’ de-restricted Ninja 300. His first round was at Brands Hatch on the Indy Circuit. Fred qualified, in the Junior Series in 4th place and gainied two 4th places and a 6th finishing place with a DNF in Race 3.
Then Covid struck, blighting motorsport; and everything across the world. After a 5-month period, Racing returned to the stunning Cadwell Park and Fred qualified 7th in the Junior Series of the ACU Team Green Cup.
Throughout the weekend, Fred gained his first podium finish with Bemsee finishing 3rd on the 1st race of the Sunday. Additionally, accumulating further championship points with two 4th places and a 5th.
Fred was spotted by Ian Soilleux (Team Manager) after being introduced by Foo Hinnells and discussions took place with regards Fred joining the BD Racing UK Team in order to further his development and racing experience within a structured Team dedicated to supporting club riders.
We look forward to working with Fred at the Final two Rounds of the Bemsee season and certainly next year
Eddie AllenPit Crew
Eddie certainly is the ‘character’ of the team.
We first met Eddie in 2016 when he was logistics and pit crew for Dan Singleton; who won the Rookie Minitwin Championship in 2016 and subsequently the MRO Minitwin Championship in 2018.
Eddie joined BD Racing in 2019 and continued to support Dan in achieving winning the MRO Thunderbike Sport Championship and 3rd in the Minitwin Class
Eddie is well liked in the Paddock, Pits and Pit Lane and is often found during the day with a cup of Tea stuck to his hand when not:
- Changing wheels and tyres,
- De-glazing brake pads,
- Re-fuelling the bike or,
- Waving a pit board at the team rider
However, in the evening Eddie is usually found relaxing with a can of Fosters or in the bar with the other teams, networking.
Dona FennellTeam Support
Its not just a case of looking after the bike but the team.
Dona plays a key part in the team, providing both moral support and sustenance in the form of International renowned:
- Bacon Sandwiches,
- Flapjacks and,
- Copious mugs of Tea and Coffee.
The famous saying is true: “Behind every successful Man; is a fantastic Woman”
Another one of Dona’s greatest attributes is how Dona remains so calm whilst the team is under great pressure.
Brook FennellSocial Media Support
Well, what can we say?
Us aging Dinosaurs have no idea about modern technology and social media, so let’s introduce the ‘next generation’.
Brooke is an avid supporter of BD Racing UK and attends whenever is possible; next to her studies.
The majority of photographs posted and race results are thanks to Brooke.
When Brooke is not on her laptop or Phone, she is often seen helping Dona in boosting the team with cups of tea or coffee and flapjacks.