Fred has been offered the opportunity to compete at this extremely competitive level on one of their Team Yamaha R3’s, by Ian Valleley, Team Manager of TeamVal-Tech Racing, Ian Valleley met Fred back in 2021 during his wild card debut at BSB at Donington Park.
Within the British Minibike Championships in the Mini GP 140 class, Fred finished 2nd in the 2017/2018 Winter Series and during the 2018 Summer Series finishing the season in 4th.
Moving up to the BMCRC (Bemsee) Paddock and competing in the ACU Team Green Junior Cup in 2020, Fred claimed 3rd place and followed this up in 2021 with another 3rd place and 2nd overall in the Team Green Championship. within the BMCRC ACU Team Green Junior Cup.
Additionally at the end of the 2021 Season with BMCRC, Fred was nominated and awarded the Ben Ball Trophy for ‘Tipped for the Top’. A total surprise to both Fred and the team but well deserved.
Team Manager, Ian Soilleux remarked “Fred has developed into an impressive talent that we all at BD Racing have been delighted to work with. It is hard to believe that he is only 14 years old; with such a responsible head on his shoulders. We shall continue to work with Fred within the 2022 season and support him through the next chapter of his racing career within BSB and TeamVal-Tech Racing. Good luck Fred”.
Fred commented “I am still buzzing; I think that this has to be the best Christmas present I have ever had. I am looking forward to be joining TeamVal-Tech Racing and competing in a full season at BSB on a Yamaha R3. I also cannot thank Ian Soilleux and all at BD Racing, who I have now worked with for the last 2 seasons within the BMCRC Paddock; and within whom none of this would have been possible. I won’t let you down and I am pleased that BD Racing shall still be supporting me through this next journey of my racing career.
David, Fred’s father responded “Fred has worked hard since the age of 6; starting off in Motocross. Everything Fred has done, he has thrown his heart and soul into; taking on board the highs and the lows, the praise and the criticism and seeking the rewards. Myself and Lesley wish Fred all the best in this next exciting venture and we are so pleased Fred has been giving this opportunity by TeamVal-Tech Racing. My last thank you goes to Ian Soilleux and all at BD Racing for all their help, assistance and support over the past 2 years and the forthcoming Season.
Q1 and Leo is in 14th (7th Novice) with a lap time of 59.50. If Leo can get a couple of seconds he’s in the top 10; and with 3 seconds in the top 7. Leo is only 9 off the top JSM 90 and 7sec off the second… so he is doing fantastic.
Leo is absolutely mustard through the new infield section much faster than most through it!
After qualifying 12 on the grid it wasn’t a good start for Leo. After lap 1 Leo Soilleux Racing – #36 had lost 4 places down to 16th.
As the race went on, Leo Soilleux Racing – #36 maintained his position setting a fastest lap time of 59.68 on his final lap and finishing 9th novice.
Starting 12th on the grid once again Leo Soilleux Racing – #36 was pipped as the race started, After lap 1 Leo Soilleux Racing – #36 was in 16th but with the bit between his teeth he past #111 Callum Maxwell moving up and finishing in 15th place (8th Novice) with a best lap of 56.96
Overall result of 12th in the JSM90 class walking away with 7 points.
#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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With the chequered flag out, there was no change to the first 3 riders with #82 – Foo HINNELLS taking a podium place in 3rd.
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 with that !!!!!!!!!!!!
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.
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!
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.
And it’s smiles all round !!!!
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.
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 “
We were first out on Saturday Morning for the Junior SM90 / Mini GP Practice 1. Leo settled down well, and whilst getting used to the circuit set a best lap time of 1:52.10.
Junior SM90 / Mini GP Practice 2 was conducted prior to lunch. Leo was looking great, shaving 19.31 seconds of the previous lap time; setting a 1:32.39.
After lunch saw qualifying sessions and things were getting better with Leo getting better and better. Q1 saw Leo set a 1:26.31 and gaining P19 (11th in Class) and in Q2 P16 1:23.27 (10th in Class).
Sunday morning arrived and a bit of a panic. A rubber bung had come out of the engine. We were able to resolve the issue with a tab washer to retain it and all ready for Warm up.
Warm Up saw Leo set a 1:27.09 on Lap 4 out of 6. The fastest lap time so far this weekend. Awesome weekend so far.
So its time for Race 1 at 3 Sisters.
Leo had a better start and only dropped 1 place down to 19th after starting P18 on the Grid. On lap 6, Leo regained P18 after passing Ollie Brooks #19. Leo finished P18 (15th in Class) and set an even better lap time of 1:22.75. The fastest lap during the weekend.
Sadly due to a serious incident in Race 1 of the Pit Bike Spares Stock 140 Group B Class; all 2nd Races were cancelled for the day. But it was good to here that Nathan Gardner #254 was airlifted to Hospital and is doing OK.
With Race 1 underway, 82 – Foo Hinnells had a great start and was in P10 after lap 1. 217 – Aaron Staniforth took the lead, with 36 – Jamie Coward in 2nd place and 961 – Jack Sim in 3rd.
After lap 2, 36 – Jamie Coward had taken the lead over 217 – Aaron Staniforth now in 2nd place. 961 – Jack Sim remained in 3rd.
36 – Jamie Coward continued to dominate the race with 217 – Aaron Staniforth only a few seconds behind in 2nd place. The gap to 961 – Jack Sim in 3rd was increasing. After lap 4 – 82 – Foo Hinnells remained in 10th place.
After lap 5, there was no change in the top 3 and 82 – Foo Hinnells had dropped 1 place to 11th.
During the final lap saw 217 – Aaron Staniforth crash out allowing 961 – Jack Sim to claim 2nd place with 14 – Chris Burrage in 3rd.
BMCRC restarts the Season at Cadwell Park with what should have been Round 7. Due to COVID-19 the ACU suspended all racing and 5 Rounds subsequently cancelled.
Due to restrictions this only saw Ian and Foo travelling to Lincolnshire. This left the remainder of the team at their homes either with specific roles to remotely play or to follow via TSL-Timing.
Practice went well despite the unpleasant high temperatures.
We’re pleased with the performance of the Continental Race Attack Comp tyres that we are running this year; and hopefully next year. With only a few ‘slides’ but we expected this due to the extremely high track temperature. Tyre pressures were experimented with adjustments accordingly.
Foo was happy with the bike set-up of the Team CBR #2 and with a set of fresh tyre’s for the morning roll on qualifying.
To give #36 – Leo Soilleux more Tracktime we went to Lockwell Hill Karting Circuit this evening.
Not only did Leo get used to the Track very quickly, setting some great times he also got to meet Richard Cooper (BSB Stock Champion) who nominated Leo as Junior Rider of the Day at Round 1 of BMB Championships at Ellough Park last weekend.