Following the demise of Hottrax earlier this year, the future of the 2015 MotoE championship was left somewhat up in the air with several rounds cancelled, and the promoter left with the unenviable task of find alternate venues at the last minute.
Thankfully, they were able to reschedule a round at the famous Nurburgring Nordschleife, giving Continental backed Darvill Racing a first opportunity to test their factory satellite Zongshen e-bike. Following a last minute call up to stand in at the Southern 100, team rider Chris Foster was itching to get back out on a bike again.
After taking the Channel Tunnel into France, and driving across to the Nurburgring the team found that there was no space available for them to set up camp thanks to the GT car series running on the adjacent GP circuit – so a comfortable two nights lying down in the car and juggling the luggage around it was then, ideal race preparation!
This year Darvill are racing the Zongshen DC motor prototype, with last year’s championship winning AC motor busy being used as a demo in China.
After a less than helpful couple of sighting laps, whilst half the circuit was closed off to be swept following a car event, Chris stuck the satellite bike on the front row of the grid, qualifying in 3rd and ahead of the two full factory Zongshen e-bikes. Feedback from Chris suggested that the pick-up on the motor was slow, although top speed was excellent so a shorter gearing was prepared for the race.
Despite a poor start which let Daley Mathison on the Nottingham University prototype and Mark Miller on the Vercarmoto get away from him, Chris managed to compose himself. With both skill and good fortune, he put in a superb performance to take the 3rd step on the podium on the bike, shod with ContiRaceAttack Slick tyres, despite the motors power fading off as the need to manage the battery kicked in late into the race.
Race two saw Chris get a better start, but this time the two Zongshen factory bikes and the Nottingham machine pulled away from Chris after lap two, despite him dicing for 2nd place in the early stages. Race two being the longer of the weekend’s races, Chris settled into a quick but sensible pace, the added dimension of battery power management giving him every chance of reeling in the leading pack as the contest progressed. However, the front runners all managed their energy consumption professionally, meaning Chris finished just off the podium with a respectable 4th place.
The next round takes place in less than two weeks time at Anglesey, and we look forward to seeing Chris in action once again!
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