Race Report for Bowel Cancer UK Racing30/09/2019
Race Report for Bowel Cancer UK Racing.
After a successful first outing at Castle Coombe race circuit for the newly formed “Bowel Cancer UK Racing“ team, where Thunder Road’s Miles Preece had his first ever outing on track on his Honda CBR 400. He “nursed” his bike to finish 5 out of 6 races, albeit at the back, with a blown head gasket to boot.
Sorting the bike issues out once home, he then made the trip up to Oulton Park for NG Racings meeting on 28th September.
Taking both the CBR400 and the teams other Honda VFR400 up to Oulton Park for a test day on Friday, before Race day Saturday, it was a baptism of fire for Miles. This was only the second track he had ever ridden and to be met with pouring rain, it didn’t bode well, considering he also had never ridden on wet tyres.
The first session he was circulating fairly gingerly, trying to learn the track, braking points, apexes and finding out the levels of grip on the wet tyres, with a fastest time of 2.52.
The second session came a little easier and the times started to come down to a best of 2.35, proving that he was finding his feet and beginning to believe in the wet tyres.
The third sessions times came down to 2.29, even with an excursion onto the grass after over cooking Lodge corner when cutting inside a Suzuki Bandit. He managed to keep the bike upright and finish the session.
The VFR 400 got to have its very first outing on the fourth session and Miles got to within 5 secs of his best lap on the CBR, the first time ever riding the VFR and in pouring rain. More testing through the day built confidence and better knowledge of the track.
The test day came to a close and with only one excursion, ended on a good note as the bikes and rider finished the day without any real problems and upright.
Race day came and the decision to only ride the Bowel Cancer UK Racing CBR 400, was made.
First practice was yet another wet session but with the weather brightening, dry race lines were beginning to appear rapidly.
A last minute decision to change to dry tyres for the Formula 400 timed qualifying session almost cost Miles to lose out on qualifying due to difficulties refitting the rear wheel. Miles’ “pit crew”,
Thunder Roads, Jay Peplow, finally got it fitted with 4 minutes of the session remaining. Miles got out on track, did an out lap but only managed one timed lap, but put in his best time yet with a
2.25.6, before the chequered flag ended the session.
The Open 500 qualifying was yet another dry session and Miles qualified 30th .
Once the qualifying sessions were finished, the heavens opened and the wets had to be refitted.
The Formula 400 race was a wet affair and Miles was involved in some battles with other riders until one rider dropped his bike on the exit to Hislops chicane and decided to walk into Miles’ path
causing him to almost come to a stop, mid corner, allowing the other bikes to get away from him. He kept it upright and finished 16 th in class, but in front of a number of other riders.
The Open 500 race was soon after and Miles got a blistering start into turn one, overtaking four others on the outside. The downside of that was that the little, 30 year old 400, was then out dragged to the second corner by the bigger engined bikes. The speed Miles was carrying into all the corners meant a race long fight between him and four other, bigger bikes. He was toing and froing with them all race long and finished the race in 12th position with his best lap of the weekend of 2.25.4.
The season has now finished, so the bikes are going to be stripped and sorted, ready for next years season.
Miles and all the Bowel Cancer UK Racing team would like to thank everyone who has supported us for the two rounds we have competed in , those being Thunder Road Motorcycles, Silkolene, Julian and Denise of Bike Train Wales, RST, Continental Tyres, Knox, Tom Pass, Rhys Hardisty of RH Racing, and hope that they will continue to support us and Bowel Cancer UK next season.
We are always looking for extra help and sponsorship, to allow us to continue racing, raising awareness of Bowel Cancer and raising money for Bowel Cancer Research.