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Again, many thanks to Team Principal Miles Hutchins for the following report…
BSB Thruxton 13/14/15 April
Friday started fair and warm and Piers had his first experience of a lap at Thruxton – notorious for its unbelievably fast corners and abrasive surface. Taking the 600 Superstock practice to learn the circuit from scratch, he surprised us by learning it quite quickly and getting into the low 1.24s after only 20 mins.
Next came the T3R practice – with Piers now almost familiar with the circuit, it was Joe’s turn to be thrown in the deep end. Both riders came back in looking slightly bemused by the speed of the circuit with probably the fastest corners anywhere in theUK, and that are punctuated by two chicanes, many bumps and reverse cambers.We also realised that it was a very abrasive surface that tyres weren’t going to last long without a combination of Dave Carnell and Perry Leask’s magic!
Piers had 600 Superstock qualifying next and put in a very creditable performance after such a short learning curve to come in 23rd position. Following this both riders had another T3R practice and both improved their lap times dramatically and Piers was just dieing to get further up the grid the following day in the 600 Superstock with his faster lap times…
This was more like it – grinning faces – both from the sheer exhilaration and the delight of warm sunshine!
Oh but what bitter disappointment when we work up to cold drizzle Saturday morning.
First came the baptism of wet fire for Piers in his second 600 Superstock qualifying session. Not surprisingly no one changed grid position. Still it rained and so the same conditions continued again for both in the T3R qualifying.
Even though they were improving towards the end of qualifying all Piers could say was – he couldn’t get used to idea of going so fast in the wet… it just didn’t seem possible! But as the track dried late afternoon he made amends in the first T3R race ending up 6th and 2nd in the cup meant a trip to the podium at last.
Sunday dawned dry and sunny, but with a bitterly cold track and a strong wind down the back of the circuit. Piers ended up an exciting 11th in the 600 Superstock warm up. Come the T3r race, both riders did their best to combat the wind and cold tarmac ending with Piers on the podium again and Joe doing his fastest lap of the weekend.
Finally came the 600 Superstock 600 race. Piers managed to avoid a crash of 5 bikes in front of him at the complex, but then trying to make up for the delay it caused, he came off on probably the fastest bend of the circuit – so his race was over almost before it started.
Next up Oulton Park on May bank holiday 5/6/7th May.
Joe the son of HM Racing Dave Carnell, rode Vaughan McNealy’s Husky 450 moto to victory at Rockingham on the 17 October 2009. Joe rode superbly to record three wins from four starts. This was only Joe’s second road race meeting since switching from Supermoto racing. The Husqvarna 450 was built by HM Racing for Vaughan’s son Rob to compete in the Thundersport GB championship. After the meeting Joe said “ I’d like to thank Vern for the use of the bike, and my dad and my mechanic Mickey for all their help” Joe hopes to gain his Clubman racing licence as quickly as possible in order to compete in the 2010 Bemsee Mini Twins Championship, aged just fifteen.