Winning races is great, but if you want to win an endurance title, especially on a classic, then scoring points at every opportunity is much more important.
It was only 16 weeks ago that Phase One Endurance received their new-for-2018 P&M frame, and since then they’ve built, tested and developed the bike, and gone on to win a championship title.
The inaugural European Endurance Legends Cup season started at the Paul Ricard earlier this year, with many top teams moving across from the popular European Classic Series to compete.
A second round at Donington brought the series to the UK during the Endurance Legends festival, and the final round took place last weekend during German Speed Week at Oschersleben.
With just three races this year, each team had to use their best judgement both on and off track to ensure they maximised their points tally in the race for the title.
Reliability is often a factor with classic bikes, so the EELC organisers introduced a mid-race scoring system which also took into account a team’s position at the halfway stage of any given race.
Heading into Oschersleben, Phase One had completed both of the previous two races, to lead the standings in the superbike class, and with Graeme Gowland going fastest in qualifying with a new lap record to put them on pole, they were in confident mood.
Graeme and co-rider Peter Linden were comfortably inside the top three after the first hour, and their combination of the new ContiRoadAttack 3 CR rear and ContiRaceAttack Comp front were coping well despite the blistering 32 degree heat.
At the halfway point they were in second, and main title rivals Team Force had already pitted twice due to mechanical problems, and Continental Germany’s in-house FJ1300 also pulled out soon after.
Eventually the heat proved too much for the oil-cooled Suzuki engine, with a big end failure after 2 hours and 40 minutes.
However, after scoring points on 5 of the 6 available opportunities, Phase One went on to be the first ever winners of the new EELC Superbike title.
Congratulations to Russell Benney and the whole team, who have put in a huge amount of effort in such a short space of time this season.
Phase One will be back in action at Spa next month, and the EELC is back next year with the promise of more rounds across Europe.
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