This weekend we headed to Donington for Endurance Legends, which was back in the East Midlands for the second year in succession.
Huge numbers of riders and spectators turned out to watch the action, check out the bikes, put in a few laps or even compete in the main 4 hour event.
As an official sponsor, Continental race tyres were in high demand from Friday through to Sunday, with the changeable weather meaning that many riders found themselves switching wheels to get the best performance for the conditions.
For European Classic Endurance champions Neate Racing, this was their first event of 2018, but with a hot 1.15.2 lap from Sam they put the P&M Honda on pole position for the Le Mans style start in the Superbike class with Phase One in second.
The Neate Racing Honda led the race pretty much until the midway point as Sam, John and guest rider Bob Collins worked hard to keep Team Force of Belgium at bay. Sadly a coming together with a back marker saw the bike come in for repairs to an oil leak, and although they did get back out on circuit, it eventually cut short their race. Despite setting the weekend’s fastest lap with a 1:14.515, while running a ContiSportAttack 3 as an intermediate option, Phase One also struggled with issues and had to settle for 17th overall, and 4th in the Superbikes.
That was all the opportunity that Force needed, as they opened up a gap on the rest of the field to take the overall win ahead of Lincolnshire Suzuki’s Pete Boast and Guy Martin in second, with BSK Speedworks bringing their BMW home in 3rd to take the final Superbike podium place.
In the Classic Class, it was a great race for the Motobel team, who saw off competition from ACR2 and Scuderia ACR III, all of whom were running Continental race tyres.
It was a similar story in both the Legend and Superstock class, with a podium lock-out for Continental as Classic Racer Nice and Parts Europe took victories in the respective classes.
We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who made this a truly great event, and we hope it will be back once again next year even bigger and better.
Next month will see the third round of the European Endurance Legends Cup take place at Oschersleben as part of Speed Week, with everything still to play for in the championship.
Find out more about the Continental race and classic race range here.