Recognising the current interest in restoration of older motorcycles, we were very keen to support Endurance Legends at Snetterton over the weekend of 17th 18th October when it was first announced earlier in the year.
Last weekend’s event was a true festival of classic bikes, which offered enthusiasts the opportunity to ride their well fettled machines in parade laps, and on instructor led track sessions, as well as the chance to compete in a historic 4 hour endurance race in one of three classes.
The Continental team in conjunction with A&R Racing were on hand all weekend offering full tyre support along with a selection of consumables which were in high demand due to some spirited riding from those in attendance.
Despite some pretty awful conditions, true enthusiasts braved the cold and the damp, and were keen to get their pride and joy around the demanding Snetterton 200 circuit as quickly as possible. Such was the interest in the 4 hour endurance race that 16 teams entered including top European teams Phase One and SCERT who were happy to include this new British race into their busy European schedule.
The exciting Le Mans style start to the race was brought forward to an earlier slot as organisers decided that the prospect of worsening weather would make for difficult conditions as the day progressed.
Phase One started from pole position, and took an early lead. Within 10 minutes of the race start, heavy rain made track conditions very slippery. In the true spirit of this classic racing event, slicks and wets were not permitted so the skill of riders was put to the ultimate test using treaded tyres only.
The Snetterton 200 circuit claimed several victims through the race including Phase One. Thankfully no injuries to the riders, but damage to bikes meant that some teams had retire from the race prematurely.
Competition was fierce, and as the track condition dried a bit lap times got faster and faster. With compulsory rider changes every 35 minutes including refuelling, the pit stop efficiency of the teams was critical. It was a great credit to everyone involved to manage this so well.
Even after 4 hours of hard racing the last few laps and final rider change proved conclusive in determining the final result. At the end it was SCERT who came through with the overall race and Formula 1 Win, on ContiRoadAttack 2 CR classic racing tyres, followed in that class by Muzzi Moto, also on Continental.
The results by class were as follows:
- Muzzi Moto
- Marlin Elf Racing
- Team Manx
- Tagg Racing 21st Moto
- Practical Sportsbike Magazine
- LG Racing
- Red Mist Racing
Congratulations to all race teams and thanks to those choosing Continental Tyres, including Formula 2 winners Team Manx, who finished on the same number of laps as SCERT, a superb achievement!
A big thank you also to the event organisers Rob and Darrin from Classic Bike Track Days as well as the Classic Motorcycle Racing Club who managed the 4 hour endurance race including the marshaling.
Find out more about the ContiRoadAttack 2 CR here.