Consistency has very much been the key for Darvill Racing in MotoE this season, with their little satellite factory Zongshen shod with ContiRaceAttack Comp treaded race tyres being in and around the podium places over the course of the first three rounds of 2015, a strong of results which now sees them leading the way in the championship ahead of full factory machines.
The third round of the series, which took places last weekend, saw the teams head to Cadwell Park deep in the Lincolnshire countryside. The Cadwell round was likely to prove a little more difficult for riders, thanks to the return of 2014 champion Chi Ho Fung, who would be riding a new development Moto3 chassis with a prototype motor supplied by the Chinese factory team.
Qualification took place on a drying track, and with the two Zongshen factory riders struggling to get to grips with Cadwell’s technical sections, Darvill rider Chris Foster was able to qualify in 3rd behind the more powerful Agni and Nottingham University machines.
The first race is a sprint, taking place over four laps, allowing the teams to turn the power right up without having to worry about managing battery life. The less powerful satellite bike was soon overtaken on lap one, moving Chris back to 4th place, but he gave it absolutely everything to hang on to the back of the lead pack. Lap 3 saw the Nottingham University bike stop suddenly, ruling Daley Mathison out of the race, before an incident at the Gooseneck saw one of the Factory Zongshen riders lose the front end, gifting Chris a well earned 2nd place finish for his determination.
Race two is much more about managing your bike’s power output and battery life, taking place over the course of 9 laps on the 2.2 mile circuit. It started in a similar fashion as the faster factory bikes pulled away, but Chris once again dug in to hold on to 4th position. Again, news came through that Daley Mathison had suffered a technical fault with his machine, moving Chris up to 3rd. A sensible ride from Chris saw him hold on to that valuable podium place, which sees him now lead the championship by 10 points.
Following the warm-up session Chris commented:
“The wet conditions got me all excited as although I don’t particularly like racing in wet conditions (who does?) I do seem to go well in the wet and wet conditions go a long way to level off any performance discrepancies with the faster bike and once you’re mounted and on track riding in the wet really isn’t so bad and more recently my wet riding confidence has had a massive boost from the remarkable Continental Race Attack tyres that I’m really getting on well with so much so that I was the only MotoE bike that elected to go out for the morning warm up at 9am! There’s nothing quite like having a racetrack to yourself”
The final round of the series will see the teams in action at Portimao, and with several riders separated by just a handful of points, it’s anybody’s championship!
Find out more about the ContiRaceAttack Comp tyres as used by Chris & team here.