It seems that this year promises to be even more exciting than the last for Continental sponsored Darvill Racing, who have just penned an exciting new factory race deal with Zongshen.
In 2014, Darvill rider Chris Foster spearheaded the team’s electric motorcycle campaign in the pioneering MotoE series, netting them a podium in the final round of the season. This year, Chris will be returning to the series as part of their new satellite deal with Zongshen, the Chinese manufacturer behind the recently well publicised Honley 250 Adventurer.
In 1999, Zongshen launched it’s Motorcycle Racing Team, which was China’s first professional motorcycle race team, and that year they competed in the Endurance World Championship. The deal will see Darvill running a Continental shod Zongshen eBike in the 5 round series, which sees three races take place in Europe, and two in the UK. Some of these races will run alongside the German IDM Superbike series, with all dates to be confirmed.
Alex Aitchison – Team Principal at Darvill Racing commented:
“This is a massive opportunity for Darvill Racing and I can’t thank Daniel and the Zongshen Racing Division enough for the opportunity, and Rupal Patel of MotoE for facilitating this. Darvill Racing’s journey into the electric ‘world’ continues and we intend to build on the amazing season we had in 2014.
eBikes are gaining support and becoming more readily accessible and acceptable, the technology is marching on at an incredible pace. It really is exciting to be involved at the pinnacle of this developing technology. The MotoE rounds as part of the IDM German Superbike series will also continue to broaden exposure with their extensive televised coverage whilst also giving our sponsors excellent marketing across the UK and Europe.”
Look forward to an action packed year of petrol fueled racing, Darvill will also be running their Continental shod race bikes at a number of further international road racing events:
- International Southern 100
- Manx Grand Prix
- Oliver’s Mount
They also expect to be at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed, are in negotiations with a manufacturer to run a bike at this year’s TT Zero, and we hear rumours of an exciting new 2016 project bringing together engine builders from the Isle of Man, New Zealand and USA, with aims to have it in testing later this year! We can’t wait to see what it is!
Last year Darvill were crowned ARA Classic Solo Champions, and Keith McKay registered as the top Mini Twin finisher in the Supertwin class at the Manx GP.