We are pleased to welcome The Anchor (Hungry Horse) Public House as a Team Sponsor for 2022.
397 Goldington Road, Bedford MK41 0DS
The Anchor is famous for their Big Plate Specials, their fantastic range of drinks and their warm welcome. There’s always something going on, they have great food deals throughout the week, regular entertainment and offer free wi-fi in all their Hungry Horse pubs, so you can stay connected.
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On behalf of the Team, Eddie(Pit Crew) proudly presented Pub Manager, Jay with a Frame of the Team Riders for the Pubs Sports Bar.
If you are ever in the area, pop in and say hello.
#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 “
In mutual agreement, Charlie has decided to step away from the BD Racing Team.
We, at BD Racing have enjoyed working with Charlie through this estranged season (due to COVID). Charlie has decided to allow the opportunity for another rider to experience working with BD Racing.
At the final round with Bemsee at Brands Hatch GP, Charlie is bringing his beloved Minitwin out for a play and also running his NEW R6 in Thunderbike Sports.
We wish Charlie all the best for next season and look forward to catching up in the paddock in 2021.
Charlie Crawt’s Statement
It has been a strange year, with the suspension of Racing due to Covid. It’s also been an absolute pleasure working with BD Racing UK.
In a mutual agreement, I have decided to step away from the Team to run my own R6 within the Thunderbike Sport Class; and also my Minitwin within the MRO’s.
This gives the Team space to embrace and mentor another Rider within the BD Racing Stable during the 2021 Season.
Ian and the Team work hard and their passion for Motorcycle Racing is extraordinary. It has been an absolute pleasure being part of BD Racing and I thank the Team for all their support, both on and off the Track.
See you all at Brands for the final round and I would like to wish Ian, and the Team all the best for the Future.
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.