Before we get going I would just like to congratulate Dave Batcheler of Plumb Crazy Racing on the 1340cc Suzuki Bandit for running his first 7. Something that is difficult on any bike but Dave is one of only a handful of people to do it on a Suzuki Bandit. Well done Dave.
Also, a big SuperTwin welcome to new member Iain Baker of Adrenalin Motorcycles of Bognor Regis on his 883 Harley Davidson (I apologise if I have this wrong as like everyone knows I am a Suzuki man through and through). Iain came to the track for the first time with a new engine (built by himself) in the 883 Harley running it in on Saturday and hoping to run a 12.7 on Sunday. He finished the weekend a very happy bunny running a 12.6. Well done Iain and may the Gods of Speed make you go a bit faster next time out.
Anyway we arrived at the track expecting rain and boy did we get it. Torrential rain from about 6pm through to about 5am but the sun did make an appearance and the track was soon ready to go.
Not as many entered as we had hoped for. I think mainly due to the weather forecast. For team B&H Racing it was the NSA Championship so the ‘bikes could not be turned around fast enough for both competitions. Shame as Andy was sat in 3rd and Terry in 4th after the first two rounds so both were in with a chance of a trophy and some prize money.
Harley Davidson 1200 Sportster B&H Racing
Slick and Bar
Harley Davidson 1200 Sportster
I was looking forward to seeing if Duncan on the Team Elysion Yamaha TRX850 would go triple cherry but he was a no-show. Never mind, hope it was the weather and not the bike mate!
Pete Austin, long-term car and ‘bike racer, was back for a second time on the 1400cc ZZR. On his first outing this year, Turbo Tim had returned from the States and running the Dustbin Fairing Honda CX 650 Turbo.
Andy Haley, last year’s runner up in ACU 850 bike on the DSD Racing Turbo Suzuki Hayabusa was giving it a go for the first time. As was Rik Sawatzki, five time ACU 9.50 Champion.
Section 59 Racing
Nitrous Yamaha YZF1000 R1
Honda VTR1000 SP1
Slick and Bar
Turbo Suzuki Hayabusa
Dobbie & Mott
Repsol Honda VTR1000 Firestorm
Honda CX 650 Turbo
Qualifying Round 1
The track crew had done really well to get the track ready for the first round of qualifying. The 9.50 Champ, Rik had a nightmare with the fuse to the fuel pump going seconds before his run so was not able to qualify in the first round. What a shame as Deb had professionally decorated the, new to her, timing board and didn’t get to show it off.
Turbo Tim was the only one who managed to break out. No surprises to see Mr Consistent Andy Ball on the T2R250 goes straight into No 1 slot and the “King” trying to consolidate his position up top by getting a 0.000 reaction and claiming the 25 extra points.
List of Qualifying – Round 1
Pstn Entry Driver Dial-In ET
1 B1 A. Ball 13.48 13.53
2 125 R. Dobbie 10.30 10.43
3 11 P. Cordelle 10.80 10.95
4 59 L. Lester 9.20 9.40
5 398 P. Austin 9.50 9.84
6 33 D. Smart 9.20 9.58
7 SC2 A. Haley 8.72 9.23
8 12 C. Mott 11.40 12.27
9 21 T. Boutle 13.55 13.42
After Round 1 qualifying, we had rain, then we had more rain and even more rain. The day was called at 4pm because of – rain. What a shame. Then Jerry to the rescue – Plan B – qualifying to resume on Sunday. Hooray and thank you to Jerry and all the track personnel. Fantastic to get to finish the last round – weather permitting.
We were woken early by the very industrious Shakespeare County Raceway Track Crew drying and sledding the track. As it was to be a very busy day for them with a 32 bike field of Kawasaki triples, our 10 bike field of the SuperTwins Challenge and a lot of NSA riders. If you like ‘bikes this is an amazing event as the ‘bikes easily outnumber the cars. Talking cars, the jet car ran at 6.2 at over 250mph, fastest thing for a while I think.
So it was planned for us to have the two remaining qualifier’s and then go into elims. but due to the amount of rain overnight the water was oozing back up through the track near the finish so one more qualifier and then elims.
Qualifying – Round 2
The Hat pulls one out of the bag to go Number 1 with Leo not far behind to push Andy into 3rd. The King is sitting pretty in 5th and even with the best decorated ET board, Rik breaks out to go rock bottom.
PSN Entry Rider Dial-In ET
1 33 D. Smart 9.28 9.30
2 59 L. Lester 9.52 9.56
3 B1 A. Ball 13.48 13.53
4 125 R. Dobbie 10.30 10.43
5 11 P.Cordelle 10.80 10.95
6 398 P. Austin 9.50 9.84
7 SC2 A. Haley 8.72 9.23
8 12 C. Mott 11.40 12.27
9 21 T. Boutle 13.40 13.34
10 SB1 R Sawatzki 9.52 9.37
Elims – Round 1
The RI of Leo gets a no-show from Andy on the Turbo Hayabusa so goes through with a solo run.
The Hat on the supercharged 996cc Suzuki goes up against Pete on the 1400cc Krapazaki. What a race! The Hat’s 0.03 light against Pete’s 0.08 – great start from both a wheelie about 60ft out from The Hat and its neck and neck but the ZZR got a wheel in front and manages to take out the Suzuki by 0.02. Great race. The Hat is first round fodder.
Next Mr Consistent, Andy Ball up against Motty. Another no show so Andy gets a solo run and breaks out by a tenth, very unlike Mr Consistent.
Here’s the one everybody is watching. “The King” verses five times ACU 9.50 Champ, Rik. If Rik can knock out The King then the series is wide open. The King needs to go through this round to win the cup. Amazing reaction from Rik, but just a little bit the wrong side 0.004 red. It’s so close that Rik does not notice and blasts by The King to sit up at the end and not surprisingly runs a 9.50 (I am beginning to wonder whether it is the bike or Rik that runs the number). So King Cordelle goes through to the second round.
Robbie and Turbo Tim are up next and Robbie who has found a real good patch of form lately, since his move from Top Gas to ET Bike, makes short work of the Turbo CX650 by sitting up and shutting off at the end.
Round 2 – Eliminations
Leo’s R1 against Robbie’s SP1. Leo trees Robbie massively to drive by and sit up at the 1/8 mile. Looking like a comfortable win for Leo when the R1 decides to turn itself off at about the 1000ft mark. Robbie just squeezes by, by a gnat’s whisker, to take Leo out. Unlucky Leo. That’s racing.
Next The King against Mr Consistent. Looks like The King is going to take it but breaks out with a 10.897 on a 10.90 so Andy and the Little TZR250 take out The King and go through another round.
Pete Austin on the Krapasaki ZZR1400 gets the No 1 qualifiers bye into the semi’s.
At this point, I would like to point out (under pressure from a certain Krapazaki rider) that there are no Suzuki’s that made it to the semi-finals. A real rarity in drag racing.
Krapasaki v Yamaha. One of the great things about ET Bike, 1400cc ZZR against 249cc TZR.
Mr Consistent, Andy on the Yam against long term car and bike racer, Pete on the Kwack.
A cracking race, Pete is asleep on the line with a 0.336 light but Andy is three tenths off the dial-in. Pete nicks it right at the line. Andy cannot believe his ticket. For him it is massively off his dial-in. Unlucky for Andy but that is racing.
Robbie is on the lucky side of the ladder and gets a bye into the final.
So into the final and not a Suzuki in sight. 1400cc Kwack V 1000cc Honda. Pete pulls another 0.06 light to tree Robbie. A comfortable win for Mr Pete Austin on the ZZR1400 Kawasaki.
ET – 25 points – Dave Smart
Reaction – 25 points – P Cordelle
Name Previous Points Round 3 Points Final Points
Phil “King” Cordelle 1055 285 1340
Robbie Dobbie 755 470 1225
Andy Ball 735 380 1115
Leo Lester 510 290 800
Dave Smart 550 225 775
Pete Austin 200 550 750
Terry Boswell 665 – 665
Andrew Boswell 570 – 570
Carey Wadey 530 – 530
Fiona Moore 420 – 420
Duncan Barron 370 – 370
Chris Mott 230 130 360
Charlie Batsford 240 – 240
Gisselle Moore 190 – 190
Tim Boutle – 120 120
Mandy 110 – 110
Richard Sawatzki – 110 110
Andy Haley – 1 40 1 40
So after completion on the First National Association of SuperTwins Challenge Cup Series, I would like to congratulate Phil “King” Cordelle for winning and Robbie Dobbie runner-up. Well done chaps.
The trophy and the prize money will be awarded at the APIRA Ultimate Power Drag Racing Championship on Saturday 26th August.
A big thank you to Robbie and Jo for helping to organise the three events and to everybody who took part.
Finally, a special thank you to Jerry and all the staff and track crew at Shakespeare County Raceway for such a friendly and professional attitude. It has been a fantastic three weekends of racing as we get up Sunday morning and start again with the Shakespeare County Raceway Gamblers for Bikes. Just brilliant and thanks a lot.
National Association of SuperTwins
26th July 2017
This weekend sees the third and final round of the SuperTwins Challenge Cup. Trophies and cash for the winner and runner-up on the day but the big prizes of a trophy and £250 and £100 will also be decided for the series winner and runner-up. And don’t forget more ‘bike Gamblers racing on Sunday.
Entry forms available for ‘APIRA ULTIMATE POWER DRAG RACING CHAMPIONSHIP26th/28th AUGUST 2017′.
8th JULY 2017
We arrived Friday afternoon excited with the knowledge that we had another 25hp from the recent trip to the dyno taking the supercharged Suzuki sv1000s to 9lb of boost and 176.95hp and with the prospect of a beautiful weekend of weather, we weren’t to be disappointed.
Dave Smart Supercharged Suzuki SV1000s Street
Giselle Moor Buell 1125R Team Elysion Street
Charlie Batsford Kawasaki ZX10R Street
Andy Boswell Harley 1200 Sportster B & H Racing Slick & Bar
Duncan Barron Yamaha TRX 850 Team Elysion Street
Chris Mott Repsol Honda VTR 1000 Firestorm Dobbie & Mott Street
Terry Boswell Harley 1200 Sportster B & H Racing Street
Cary Wadey Suzuki SV1000s Slick & Bar
Andy Ball Yamaha TZR 250 Road Bike
Robbie Dobbie Honda VTR 1000 SP1 Super penguin Slick & Bar
Pete Austin Kawasaki ZZR 1400 Road Bike
Phil (KING) Cordelle Suzuki TLR1000 Hysteria Racing Street
Leo Lester Yamaha YZF 1000 R1 Section 59 Racing Street
ROUND 1 QUALIFICATIONS 11AM
And it’s the man Andy Ball straight into number one slot, with KING Cordelle right at the bottom.
1. A. Ball 13.45 13.529
2. A .Boswell 10.10 10.231
3. P. Austin 9.50 9.636
4. G. Moor 10.20 10.391
5. T. Boswell 11.38 11.58
6. L. Lester 9.10 9.328
7. F. Moor 10.20 10.478
8. D. Barron 11.80 12.124
9. R. Dobbie 9.93 10.309
10. D. Smart 9.10 9.587
11. C. Wadey 10.35 3.926
12. C. Batsford 10.10 9.979
13. C. Mott 13.30 12.997
14. P.Cordelle 11.20 10.800
ROUND 2 QUALIFICATIONS NOON
KING Cordelle is back going straight to No 1 position and putting the Repsol Honda VTR1000 Smouldering Breeze of Dobbie & Mott rock bottom.
1. P. Cordelle 10.75 10.760
2. A. Ball 13.47 13.502
3. A. Boswell 10.10 10.18
4. P. Austin 9.50 9.628
5. F. Moor 10.20 10.380
6. G. Moor 10.20 10.391
7. T. Boswell 11.38 11.585
8. L. Lester 9.10 9.328
9. D. Barron 11.85 12.100
10. C. Batsford 9.90 10.159
11. R. Dobbie 9.93 10.309
12. D. Smart 9.30 9.737
13. C. Wadey 10.35 13.926
14. C. Mott 13.30 12.997
ROUND 3 QUALIFICATIONS 1PM
Top 3 stay the same so KING Cordelle goes into elims as No 1 qualifier. Giselle unfortunately breaks the Buell’s gearbox so has to retire from the competition.
2. A. Ball 13.47 13.502
3. A. Boswell 10.10 10.181
4. F. Moor 10.30 10.401
5. P. Austen 9.50 9.628
6. G. Moor 10.20 10.391
7. T. Boswell 11.38 11.585
8. L. Lester 9.10 9.328
9. C. Wadey 10.30 10.547
10. D. Barron 11.85 12.100
11. C. Batsford 9.90 10.159
12. R. Dobbie 9.93 10.309
13. D. Smart 9.30 9.708
14. C. Mott 11.40 12.512
ELIMS ROUND 1
Dave “The Hat” Suzuki SV1000s V Giselle Buell 1125R. Giselle is a no show with a broken gearbox, Dave runs a 9.44 on a 9.44 dial in.
Fiona Team Elysion ZX9R V the newcomer first time racer Charlie Batsford on ZX10R. A double red light and Charlie goes through with a -0.122 against Fiona’s -0.500.
Next up is Team B & H Racings slick and bar Harley V Duncan on the Elysion TRX850. A red light for Duncan puts Andy through. That’s two out of two for Duncan the question is will he manage a green light in the next round??? Last chance mate.
Then onto the Dobbie & Mott smouldering breeze V Terry on the B & H Racing Harley. A very close race this one – will the experience of the long-time Supertwin racer Chris Mott show through?? In short NO, Chris is first round fodder but at least the Honda is behaving itself this time round after a change of plugs.
Onto Cary on the slick & Bar Suzuki SV1000s against “That Man” Andy Ball TZR250. Cary tried a new tactic against the man, who is so hard to beat, by increasing his dial in by 3 tenths and attempting to shut off early, it worked, Mr Consistent goes out first round Cary is through.
Next up it’s the Vice Chairman Robbie on the Super Penguin SP1 Slick & Bar against long-term racer and all round good bloke Pete Austin on the road going Krapasaki. Robbie goes 10.34 on a 10.30 dial in to take Pete out.
Last up is Leo on the R1 V KING Cordelle on the TLR1000. Leo was having some clutch problems but the KING was right on it with a 10.79 on a 10.75 dial in to go through.
ELIMS ROUND 2
Charlie on the ZX10R was against Terry on the Harley, Charlie had gear box issues which led to a fairly easy victory for the B & H Harley.
Fellow B & H racer Andy got the Supercharged SV1000s of Dave “The Hat” and was scared into retiring by the awesome noise of the SV1000S. So Dave went through with a solo run (Andy actually thought he heard a noise coming from his engine but it turned out to be the noise of the SV100s… LOL).
Next up two racing buddies that know each other very well Cary V Robbie. Usually a close race but Cary had some issues giving Robbie an easy victory.
Last but not least the KING had a bye courtesy of being No 1 qualifier.
Robbie on the Super Penguin against Terry on the Harley, cracking reaction from Robbie allowing a shut off at the top end for a comprehensive victory.
So here we go Dave “The Hat” V “The KING”
A really wild ride for “The Hat”, a couple of wheelies losing both feet off the pegs and ending up sat on the petrol tank. Phil “The KING” Cordelle ran a 10.63 on a 10.63 dial in but “The Hat” goes through as “The KING’s” reaction was a 0.39 against 0.07.
So to the final and a first as it’s to be Vice Chairman Robbie V Chairman “The Hat”.
Unfortunately Dave is a no show due to the process of knocking out “The KING”, the fuel tank was cracked by “The Hat’s” fat backside and was leaking badly. So congratulations to Robbie Dobbie on the Super Penguin SP1 and well done “The Hat” for nearly making the final.
So comes to an end the second round of the Supertwins Challenge and I think I speak for everyone who took part it was a brilliant day.
I would again like to thank Robbie & Jo for all their help organising everything and to everyone who took part.
A special thanks goes out to Leo Lester who gave up his Saturday evening and took me to have my fuel tank repaired so I could race in the Shakey Gamblers on Sunday, TOP MAN great to see such sportsmanship to help out your competitors in their hour of need.
Finally a massive Thank You to Jerry and all the Staff and Crew at Shakespeare County Raceway for doing such a professional & friendly job, as you are the folks that allow us to do what we love so much.
Congratulations to Leo Lester Yamaha R1 for winning & Andy Ball Yamaha TZR250 runner-up in the Shakespeare County Raceway Gamblers on Sunday 9th 2017.
Now onto Round 3 – THE FINALS in less than 2 weeks with Phil “The KING” Cordelle in a commanding lead but Robbie and Andy at least are not letting him have an easy ride!
After the initial success of the “SuperTwins Challenge” and the Shakey Gamblers meetingon the 10/11th June (congratulations again to Phil and Andy for SuperTwin Challenge and Leo and Robbie for Shakey Gamblers) I thought, with typical drag-racers logic to try and make some more power. Not that I really needed it as I was first round fodder with a break-out, actually running a PB with the new setup , and with the problem of constant wheelies. Any way ‘bike is on the bench.
Remove standard clutch , inserting new clutch pack and installing the lock-up clutch made a few years back by Whizz, a good friend of mine and owner of a 7sec. Suzuki GSXR1100 slabside. When I thought I had a clutch problem it turned out to be a gearbox problem so I went back to the standard unit.
Reason for fitting because I was fed up of seeing it on the shelf. Next, while I have it apart, take the rocker covers off and check the clearances, perfect as expected.
A new oil filter and some fresh oil and away we go. Now a few phone calls, one to ralph at Mylton Keynes Dyno 07810428344 clever bloke and very helpful. Then to Nudger the Mega Squirt maestro (aka Nigel Batspeed Racing) and fingers crossed the motor stays together. Will let you know what happens.
I hope to see you all at the next meeting of the ‘SuperTwins Challenge’ and the SCR Gamblers on the 8/9th July. PS if any SuperTwin member would like to profile their ‘bike or team or anything else relevant to racing please forward to Robbie email@example.com cheers – Dave the Hat.
Round 1 was a resounding success on a well-prepped track enjoyed by several new riders with a surprise result?
What you looking at?
(Fiona Moor and Duncan Barron posing in the pits).
(New twinner Terry Boswell, my other ‘bike is a Harley)
(Dave ‘the hat’ Smart and ‘Mandy’ James Jenkins)
Winner – Phil Cordelle and runner-up, Andy Ball.
Now to Sunday where the SCR Gamblers gave an opportunity for some more ET competition. After rain on Saturday evening we awoke to the sound of the track being prepared for Sunday’s action. Eight of us entered the SCR bike Gamblers with qualifying a bit of a lottery with yet again a very strong tail wind. After three runs Robbie Dobbie had top spot with a 9.992 on a 9.99 dial-in. That man Andy Ball was in there but again cut too fine a light to go out with a red but this time before the final. Cary Wadey, despite some time away from the strip showed his form with PBs in terminal speed and 60ft times. However he was saved from some serious damage and possibly worse by an eagle-eyed car racer who spotted a failing chain link prior to his run. Eventually the last race was between Leo Lester and Robbie who thought he may run his 4th 9 of the day but a poor start with a 10.1 allowed Leo to ease off at the line to collect the cash.
for being pants at qualifying which he proudly wore all day Sunday at the RWYB.
Great news for this weekend and the ‘SuperTwins Challenge Cup’, Jerry has kindly offered Sunday as an alternative if the event cannot be run on Saturday for any reason so support SCR and make it to the track for some great action.