WITH AMBASSADORS AND SUPPORTED TEAMS AND RIDERS IN ACTION AT DONINGTON PARK AND IN AUSTRIA, WE TAKE A LOOK AT HOW THEY GOT ON IN THEIR CHOSEN FIELDS
A raft of RICH Energy ambassadors and riders were in action over the weekend in support of round four of the Motul World Superbike Championship at Donington Park. For the majority of riders, it was their first outing of the season and in the typical way of British summertime, the weather played its part. Hot sunshine on Friday gave way to heavy showers and thunderstorms for the action across Saturday and Sunday making tyre choice and set-up crucial to make the best of the conditions.
HEL Performance Junior Supersport riders Chloe Jones and (no relation) Lewis Jones got their seasons underway with four races across the weekend. Qualifying was held in dry conditions with the air temperature a pleasant 23C. Chloe and her new OMG Racing/PCR Performance-backed Yamaha took a solid 15th fastest time at the flag while Lewis struggled with bike set-up, qualifying a disappointing 25th.
It was a mixed bag of results for the youngsters across the four races as Chloe crashed out of Race 1 at Redgate, thankfully unhurt, with Lewis in the points in 12th place in a race that was truly one of attrition in the wet conditions. The pair were split by 0.5s in Race 2 with Chloe taking the final point in 15th while in Race 3, 16th, and 21st was the order for Chloe and Lewis and a creditable 10th for Chloe and 17th for Lewis in Race 4 after struggling across the weekend to get his machine set-up.
The Ducati Performance TriOptions Cup riders were in action at the former home of the British Grand Prix over the weekend as their season kicked into life for 2021. True Heroes Racing pair Ben Falla and Mike Long shook off the rust of a long off-season and thrust themselves into the throng of Ducatis. In Race 1 Ben finished 16th and Mike 29th, however in Race 2 Ben took the final point in 15th as Mike, unfortunately, failed to finish.
After the disappointment of Hungary, multiple British and World Champion Sidecar man, Tim Reeves was back in action with passenger, Kevin Rousseau at Donington Park. Always entertaining to watch, the second race at Donington Park was straight out of the ‘How close do you like it?’ chapter of sidecar racing. Prior to the excitement of racing, Reeves and Rousseau qualified second on the grid for Sunday’s two races, with the weather forecast looking fairly positive.
Race 1 didn’t quite go the way the RICH Energy-backed pair wanted, bringing their outfit home in fourth place. A great start saw the pair lead the early stages of the race before taking to the grass at the top of the fast Craner Curves; it was only the skill of Reeves and the grip of Rousseau that kept the pair together as they re-joined in sixth position down at Starkey’s! A fightback ensued and as the laps ticked down, 4th place at the flag was a solid salvage job.
The second race for the three-wheelers was a fraught affair as Reeves/Rousseau once again got the drop into Redgate ahead of Kershaw/Charlwood and Ellis/Clement. As the race unfolded, it was the three pairings away out front with Kershaw keeping a watching brief on Ellis and Reeves ahead of him should any shenanigans occur between the two. As is the way in Sidecars, the shenanigans duly arrived with some Days of Thunder-style ‘rubbing is racing’ between Reeves and Ellis, allowing Kershaw to take advantage and with it, the chequered flag for the win as Reeves got the better of Ellis for second place and a breath-taking finish to proceedings.
In Austria, Team Parker Racing’s Michael Crees was in action once again in the Formula 1 support class, the Porsche Supercup. Qualifying a creditable 5th in class it was a tight race for the Porsche drivers around the Spielberg circuit as Creesy held 5th place for the majority of the race before bringing his TPR Porsche home in 7th place and hard-earned points after a difficult showing the previous week.