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Bemsee Championship Round One
Brands Hatch, 1st March 1997
Not an auspicious start to the 1997 Bemsee championship. Although I learnt
a lot, I never really got my race head on, and had to settle for basically
three mid-field positions.
In my defence, yer honour:
The competition was tough, as there are no beginners in the class, and some national boys had come out for shake-down
Brands has been almost completely resurfaced (not from the magnaminity
of Brands Hatch Leasure, but at the insistance of Flamini for the forthcoming
World Superbike round). Although the new surface was grippy, it had a sheen
to it that made it look oily or wet. I'm more affected by the psychological
"look" of a track than others.
My rear tyre was more shagged than I'd thought, and I didn't have time to
change it for the first race. The resulting slides round Clearways affected
my confidence, even after I'd changed the tyre.
- I'm still getting used to the upside-down "race" gearchange. At
the end of last season when I did really well on the TZ, I was riding
the RGV too, so I swapped the TZ to a road style change. The race gearchange
is clearly a better system, allowing you to change up whilst leant over
to the left, so I'm determined to get used to it. But all the attention
focussed on making sure I changed right took away from other aspects
(Keith Code's "$10 of attention to spend").
The good news is that I acquitted myself well against the "new boys" on
250s. I was only consistently beaten by Darren Thomas - my nemesis
from the Formula Junior class last year. Darren is very fast - hopefully
he'll be concentrating on national racing this year.
As the 250s are riding in Open 1300 class this year, I got to race against
my friend Gareth Piggott on his FireBlade - our 6-hour endurance bike.
We haven't raced together since we were both on KR-1S's. Gareth was
gleefull that he managed to beat me in the first two races, but things
finally started to come together for the last race, when I beat him and
the other CBR ridden by Blade Runners' Barry Watts.
I know that I wasn't anywhere near the bike's limits, and yet I managed to
get round Brands faster than ever before (at 51.34 seconds) and my fastest
lap in the final race was only one second off that of the winner.
I'm hoping that things will really come together for the MCN Pound day at
Brands on the 23rd March. The Pound Day is always a great meeting, with a
huge audience by club racing standards. I had my first ever trophy and
second ever win at Pound Days, so I've got some history to live up to.
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