With crowds akin to those seen at a British Superbike event, this weekend’s Endurance Legends at Donington Park certainly didn’t disappoint.
Whether you were a classic bike aficionado, or had just come along to lap up the atmosphere and amazing racing, everyone had a smile on their face which was a credit to organisers Rob and Darin of Classic Bike Trackdays.
Apart from a downpour on the Saturday, the weather held out as riders took the track for parade laps, the track experience and all important 4-hour endurance race.
With tyre support on hand in paddock one all weekend, large numbers of bikes in every single class could be seen shod with high performance Continental race rubber. In fact, every single class was won by a team running on Continental tyres. When not busy on the stand, which was a rare occurrence, Brand Manager Graham did get a quick break to take Niall MacKenzie’s Pro-AM Revival RD250LC out for a parade lap around the circuit.
Alongside European Classic Series regulars including Team Neate and Phase One, there was a huge amount of interest in Team Classic Suzuki and their Katana which was rebuilt in front of huge crowds at Motorcycle Live.
Team Alf’s dominated the qualifying session ahead of the Team Force pairing of Le Bihan and Fastre, but it was the Belgian squad who took the holeshot at the Le Mans style start as proceedings got underway.
Sadly for the Suzuki squad, James Whitham found himself sliding into the gravel at the end of the first lap as he pushed too hard on cold tyres, warmers not being permitted at the event. Both of Phase One’s machines experienced mechanical issues, but the experienced Ian Simpson was able to push his bike across the finish line as the flags came down to secure some points for the squad. In the end it was reigning champions Team Neate who took the win ahead of Team Taurus and SCERT Racing.
In the ECS Classic 1000, the ORG squad finished on the top step of the podium, also using the ContiRoadAttack 2 CR classic race radials.
With more than 50 teams on the grid from the UK and abroad, things were somewhat congested but in the F1 Classic Ben Kingham of BSK Speedworks brought his classic BMW K100 home in 1st place, with FB Racing topping the F2 results on the treaded ContiRaceAttack Comp. Mike ‘Spike’ Edwards also set the fastest lap of the weekend, again on Continental rubber.
Congratulations to all this weekend’s winning squads, and to everyone who was involved in putting on an absolutely fantastic event.
We hope to see it back in the near future.
Photo credits to Ian Boldy Superbike Photography.
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