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