With Project Bandit scoring a double win at it’s debut race meeting in the fledgling Formula Pro Stock Bandit Challenge class at Oulton Park, Performance Bike’s Chris Newbigging has had a pretty good month all told in the magazine’s August edition.
It might not be at the top of the track bike wishlist, but coming in at under £3,000 for the complete build, it’s as cost-effective a way as you’re ever likely to find to get into racing – and the number of entries is slowly growing.
Running our ContiRaceAttack Comp treaded race tyres in a soft front and medium rear compound on a damp track Chris says:
“We took a gamble with these tyres: not so much with the grip, but the fitment. Our Bandit 600’s combo of 195kg weight, and a 3in front rim poses a problem, as tyres to fit them rim are all for lighter bikes. Tyres to suit the weight are all 120s for a 3.5in rim. We gambled on pinching the front Conti slightly. The profile isn’t unduly affected, and both tyres performed fantastically.
We shouldn’t be surprised – in larger sizes on a S1000RR they performed very well in last year’s PB track tyre test and in endurance compound proved OK on the road, too.
In total, they’ve done 10 sessions – while that’s not a lot of miles, the heat cycling and extreme use can sometimes knock the edge off, but I’ll use these for another meeting before demoting them to test-day tyres. They’re stable, grippy enough to aid the Bandit to a sub-two-minute lap of Oulton, and gave plenty of feedback. We’d use them on anything, but they’ve especially paid off on our slightly awkward fitment. They’re not even that pricey for race tyres.”
Pick up the latest issue of Performance Bikes to find out more about the whole project.
Find out more about the ContiRaceAttack Comp here.