Tside6: Scooter endurance racing Teeside – Sunday | PREVIEW
If you’re not heading to Mersea Island this weekend and want to see 30 teams of classic scooter riders battling it out on a track for six hours non-stop then you need to get yourself to Middlesborough on Sunday (September 1st) for the Tside6. The newly formed British Scooter Endurance Club will be taking over Teeside Karting for some adrenaline-charged action.
The club was formed earlier this year by veteran scooter racer, Keith Terry after he found himself wondering why he had to go abroad to race in endurance events. Teeside Karting was chosen as a venue because it has everything a track needs and they were used to holding non-ACU governed meetings. This means potential racers don’t need an ACU race licence to take part. This immediately opens things up to road riders and those curious about taking to the track.
We ran a story on the upcoming event back in January and the entry list soon started to fill up, with current and ex-BSSO scooter racers, road riders, rally goers and teams from Ireland and France quickly jumping on board. In fact, that’s exactly what they’ll do when the flag drops at 11 am on Sunday morning because it’s a Le Mans style sprint start.
Unlike an ordinary race meeting – usually held over 8-laps, an endurance race is more like a marathon than a sprint. Reliability, fuel stop strategies, quick rider changeovers, fast tyre changes (if needed) and consistent lap times are what’s needed in endurance racing.
All scooters are fitted with transponders and the team with the most laps at the end of the six hours will be the winner.
SLUK will be fielding a team in the Road Class (full class details later on in this feature). We’ll be using Sticky’s old mean matt black Vespa 90SS – ‘Underdog’. Our team will consist of lapsed 1990s group six scooter racer and ScooterLab ambassador, Shaun Hodgkin (right). Hopefully, his comedy leathers will also be making an appearance.
Shaun will be joining myself and Sticky, plus our secret weapon – Sam Round. Having just turned 18 this will be Sam’s first ‘proper’ race event.
As I write this Sticky is busy building a new engine for ‘Underdog’. He stripped it last night to check things over and found the casings were cracked. This was at 20:26. A quick internet appeal and within 30 minutes we’d been offered a complete Fabrizi engine, a Parmakit motor, three sets of casings and various offers to try and weld it up. The scootering community is fantastic and we were truly humbled. Thanks to everybody who offered help (we may still need you yet).
Whilst the offers were still coming in thick and fast Sticky drove to local lad Wayne Hayes and collected a set of smallframe casings he’d dug out of his garage in the dark. Sticky’s task today is to decide whether to have some meat welded on to them before porting them to match his Quattrini top end, or go with German tuner, eGig’s suggestion to port them without welding (a quicker solution). Then he just has to build the complete engine, fit it, get it running, dyno it and make sure all is ok before heading up north to Teeside on Saturday for the evening practice.
The 1km long kart track is fast and technical with a long back straight, tight hairpins and a sweeping 12-metre wide banked turn. An average lap time should be around 1 min 15 seconds (according to Keith Terry), so spectators will get to see lots of action. With six hours of non-stop racing they should be sick of the sound and smells of screaming two-strokes by 5pm.
The full entry list/riders and classes
These scooters are prepared for racing, most will have no lights and will not be road legal. They will be tuned and fitted with uprated suspension and brakes. Some will have modifications like a larger fuel tank to run in this endurance race. The normal playground for these scooters will be at BSSO meetings here in the UK and the endurance and ESC races in Europe. This class is open to all riders.
5 Noblox Racing Vespa PX 213cc
Jean-Luc Nobleaux. Alice Renault. Valentin Nobleaux.
10 Team D.S.C. OB Racing Lambretta GP RB 200cc
Stephen wright. Stephen Hamilton. Drew Duncan.
11 The three musketeers Lambretta GP 200cc
Mike Bonett. Warren Wilkinson. Daz Westgarth
26 Jetshed Vespa PK 120cc
Alan Piccard. Roy Clarke. Jack Wakefield.
27 Hornet Racing Vespa90r 145cc
Dan Loder. Ian Scutt. Stephen Groves. John Chitaglou.
29 Team Meru/CST VespaSS90 199cc
Mark Shirley. Dave Chapman. Julian Hembrough. Tim Wilson.
30 Team Meru/ ChiselSpeed Lambretta CST Quattrini 218cc
Chris Cook. Nikita McNally. Russel Milnes. Mick Illingworth.
41 SRP Racetech Lambretta GP 200cc
Stuart Day. Iggy Grainger. Jason Metivier. Justin Offland. Dave Delaney.
67 TASS Race Team. Lambretta GP 230cc
Roger Lucas. Roy Binks. John Chadwick.
160 A Team D.S.C. Lambretta GP 200cc
Justin Price. Barry Braithwaite. Tom Shaw.
917 Authentik Racing Team Lambretta GP 240cc
Gilles Fraval. Lucien Jules. Eric Bazart.
The idea behind this class is that anybody with a licence can take part in it with a road-legal scooter. The scooter must be up to normal MOT standards and have lights fitted but these are taped up for safety reasons. The scooter does not have to be standard and some will feature things you will see on the race scooters. This class is open to riders of all levels.
23 Essex Lambretta Club Lambretta GP 250cc
Danny Cross. Simon Gooday. Michael Greensmith. John Whittaker.
31 Two sheds Racing Vespa T5 162cc
Neil Holloway. Fred Deluy. Pierre Hancq. Rob Clarke.
53 Kettering massive “53” Lambretta GP 225cc
Terry Carpenter. Tim Pugh. Dave Loveday.
54 Odd Mod Squad s.c. Lambretta Special 200cc
David Garret. David Connolly. Max Aldous. Ian Howatson
55 Team Numpties Vespa PX Parmakit 177cc
Paul Deakin. Ian Culf. Simon Woodward.
57 Coastal Trippers Lambretta Li 198cc
Daran Bradley Jones. Barry Briscoe. Tim Hollis. David Delaney.
60 Grim Racing Lambretta Li 210cc
Gareth Middleton. Kevin Randall. Andrew Burkey.
69 Challenger Equip Lambretta Challenger 230cc
James Taylor. Mike Ward. Bob Monkhouse.
71 Team SLUK Vespa 90ss 125cc
Martin”Sticky” Round. Iggy Grainger. Sam Round. Shaun Hodgkin.
77 Diese Blutige Mobile Chikane Maico Maicoletta 250cc
Graham Fisher. Darren English. Simon Purdy
111 RFS Tune Lambretta GP 198cc
Paul Fitzgerald. James Lancaster. Keith Hopkins. Matt Farquharson.
240 Retrotech Racing Lambretta Jet 225cc
Daz Willis. Shaun Fairhead. John woods. Eric Cope.
333 Nunupudardtwig Lambretta Servetta 225cc
Darryl Ward. Peter Newbold. Paul priestly. Jaimie Newbold. Carl Twig.
This Class is also for road-legal scooters but the difference from road class is that no riders in the team are to have held a race licence. The scooter does not have to be standard and may feature things you will see on the race scooters.
8 DC 10’s SERT Lambretta GP 230cc
Nick Odell. John Simmons. Ade Melson. Bruce McPherson.
12 Tuatha De Danann Lambretta Li Gori 200cc
Ernest Deacy. Paul Deacy. Jason O’Connel. Damian Mc Gill
14 Spire Tarmac Terriers Lambretta GP 225cc
Wayne Barker. Nick prince. Andy Vass. Ian smith.
40 Glevum Stax Vespa PX 210cc
Warren Salcombe. Mark Dixon. Tim Hanman. Grant Williams. Kirsty Pollard.
207 Valley Scooter Club Vespa 50 special 135cc
Keith McNally. Stephen Halstead. Mark Lundy.
347 IDK Racing Lambretta Jet 200cc
David Smith (Henry). Mark Greening (Joe). Richard Munn (mungo).
Russ Owers . Alison Bowen.
Teeside Karting is at: Teesside Autodrome, South Tees Motor Sports Park, S Bank Rd, Middlesbrough TS6 6XH
Website: Teeside Karting
FREE admission: Spectating is free on Sunday so bring a picnic and have a day out with the family. The venue has the usual facilities and a cafe.
Tside6 event Timetable.
Sunday 7.00am-8.30am: Signing on and technical checks
8.30am: Riders Briefing
11.00am-5.00pm: Tside6 Endurance event
5.30pm: Prize giving
This event is promoted and organised by the British Scooter Endurance Club.
The meeting is run and insured by Teesside Karting Ltd.
Thanks to the sponsors
LCGB – AF Rayspeed – TASS , Thanet Area Scooter Service – Aircraft Tool Hire Ltd – Darlington Scooter Club – Wearside Wanderers Scooter Club – A19’s Scooter Club – Norton Commandos Scooter club.
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