After a hard-fought six-hour endurance race packed with drama and excitement, 19-year-old Sam Round took the chequered flag for SLUK Racing to win the TSide6 race outright on Saturday.
Dad and lad

Young Sam (son of Sticky) crossed the line after riding the wheels off his Dad’s battered old Vespa 90SS ‘Underdog’ for the final hour of the race. During Sam’s first stint in the saddle earlier in the day he was forced to push the scooter back to the pits from the back straight after running out of fuel. This cost the team over four minutes and left the other riders having to fight to regain their position at the top of the leaderboard.

Quattrini power

SLUK Racing are made up of Sticky, Iggy, Sam and Shaun (riders), with Diablo Al (team mechanic and catering department), Linsey (timekeeping and telling us off), Col (statistics) and Total Revamp Dan – not pictured (fabrication and loan of multi-purpose catering table). The team previously won the Road Class twice in 2019 and 2020 before moving up into Race Class for Whilton Mill earlier this year on their road legal, 20bhp Quattrini M1-L powered Vespa – an old worn kit that has needed no more than a new piston in the last ten years. Teesside saw SLUK Racing not only winning their class but they also came first overall and won the Race Class Championship for 2021.

After a liberal spraying of Martini during the trophy presentations, the team celebrated by driving home and ordering a well-deserved takeaway.

Full race coverage and photos coming up later this week…
 

Watch the full six-hour race coverage here

Alpha Timing were responsible for capturing the event for posterity. The live YouTube feed was sponsored by AME Auto, ScooterNova and ScooterLab. You can watch it above. 

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