The track schedule and TV times for the opening Bennetts British Superbike round at Silverstone over Easter weekend have now been released.
The Bennetts British Superbike Championship (BSB) will be hosting the 2019 Championship season opener on 19-21 April. As well as lots of exciting track action, there will be off-track entertainment for both adults and children.
In addition to this, there’s free paddock access all weekend as well as a FREE pit walk on Sunday. You will be able to find the SorryMate stall on Sunday locate towards the pit area. Stop by the stall and grab yourself some freebies!
Children under the age of 15 are permitted to enter the event free of charge on a general admission ticket.
Gate Opening Times
Friday – 0800 to 1900
Saturday – 0800 to 1845
Sunday – 0700 to 1800
The Silverstone circuit, a popular motorcycle track, will be resurfaced prior to this year’s Formula 1 British Grand Prix. As a result, the circuit will be shut from Mid-June. This is following the cancellation of it’s 2018 MotoGP.
The condition of the Silverstone circuit was investigated
The track was resurfaced by Aggregate Industries ahead of last season. However, due to heavy rainfall, the MotoGP weekend was cancelled and a circuit investigation was launched. As a result of the investigation, it was found that the circuit still requires work. This is in order to obtain an FIM Grade A licence. Currently, the work has currently been scheduled for June and has been described as “essential track maintenance” in a statement released by Silverstone.
Works have been scheduled in Late July
Fortunately, the works will be carried out after the Blancpain Endurance GT Series Endurance Cup event on May 11-12th and British GT visit on June 8-9th. This will give Silverstone enough time to have the circuit issues resolved before the F1’s British GP on July 10-12th.
Two club meetings will be affected
It appears to be the case that international events are unlikely to be affected. However, two club meetings have been cancelled. These are the MG Car Club MG Live event originally scheduled for June 15-16th and the 750 Motor Club visit on June 22-23rd.
In a statement, Silverston mentioned that they are hoping to final alternative dates in the year to host the club meetings.
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A recently formed motorcycle racing club is helping to bring motorcycle racing back to Scarbrough this year.
Scarborough Borough Council have given their full support
The Two Four Three Road Racing Association are bringing back Oliver’s Mount Circuit to Scarborough, with the full backing of Scarborough Borough Council. Currently, two meetings are confirmed in regards to the challenging 2.43-mile public road race track.
These are the Barry Sheen Classic on 27 and 28 July and the Gold Cup from 27 to 29 September. Both of which, have been agreed by the Auto Cycle Union (ACU).
Oliver’s Mount is the only English road racing circuit
Currently, Oliver’s Mount is the only motorcycle road race in England. As you can imagine, it’s exhilarating to see the iconic event return. Both the tourism businesses on the Yorkshire Coast and motorcycle ace fans around the world have welcomed its return.
Scarborough Borough Council has agreed to a lease to GrantRoberts Ltd. The race is operated by the Two Four Three Road Racing Association.
Two Four Three have a wealth of experience when it comes to road racing
When it comes to road racing, Two Four Three have a wealth of knowledge. This includes
- former Grand Prix and Isle Of Man TT racer
- supplier of Pirelli tyres to the British Superbike grid
- Eddie Roberts,
- and seven times Isle of Man TT winner and multiple winners at Oliver’s Mount, Mick Grant.
Eddie Roberts gives his opinion on the return of Oliver’s Mount
“Behind the scenes, there have been months and months of planning to get us to this stage, and there are a huge number of people I need to thank, including Shaun Dalton and the 1946 Marshal Association. We are working side-by-side with the ACU and work is already underway to improve the safety of the track for both for riders and spectators. We know it’s a huge task to undertake, but we are 100% confident racing will take place at Oliver’s Mount this year.”
“I watched my first road race at Oliver’s Mount in short pants back in the early ‘50s, and it ignited my passion for racing; we couldn’t let this historic track crumble into the history books. We need road racing in England; it’s one of the finest tracks in the world, and it’s unique. I can’t wait to hear and witness classic and modern bikes race around this demanding track once again. Today is an emotional and significant day.”
Oliver’s Mount is the heart of motorcycle racing
For more than 70 years, Oliver’s Mount has been at the heart of motorcycle racing. The circuit was first hosted in 1946. The course itself is narrow and twisty. It boasts hairpin corners and very short straights. As a result, it has become one of the most challenging road races to date. As a result, the race attracts hundreds due to its exciting atmosphere.
Oliver’s Mount has challenged the nerves of many famous riders such as John Surtees, Giacomo Agostini, Barry Sheene and Carl Fogarty, to name a few.
The race has full support from the locals
Scarborough Borough Council and its tourism partners are entirely behind the new club and are excited to bring racing back to the Yorkshire Coast.
Cllr Derek J Bastiman, Leader of Scarborough Borough Council, said:
“This is fascinating news! I am delighted that Eddie and Mick are committed to delivering a bright and exciting future for motorcycle racing at Oliver’s Mount; their experience, knowledge and business acumen within the sport is first class.”
Oliver’s mount is an essential part of Yorkshire
The race forms a necessary part of the Yorkshire calendar. It contributes around £1.4million annually to the local economy.
Cllr Martin Smith, Scarborough Borough Council Cabinet Member for Leisure, said:
“Racing at Oliver’s Mount has always played a valuable role in supporting the Yorkshire Coast visitor economy. Today’s fantastic news means that the role is set to continue and prosper. Many tourism businesses have been asking me for months when racing will return to Oliver’s Mount so I’m very pleased that I can finally say 2019 for certain!”
Further updates and news about this year’s events at Oliver’s Mount will follow in the coming weeks.
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It has been a successful season for SorryMate’s Endurance Team. They secured the No Limits Racing ACU National Endurance 600 crown in a dominant campaign.
The team achieved a 43 point margin
Gaz Evans and Colin Norris, with notable contributions from Gary Johnson and Daniel Drayton, helped the team to achieve success. They achieved a comfortable 43-point margin at the top of the UK’s only National Endurance Championship.
The season opened up at Silverstone in March. The endurance team produced a solid second place finish. In spite of faltering in the following round at Brands Hatch by sliding to seventh.
SorryMate saw two excellent wins
The results following Brands Hatch proved to be the first and final time that SorryMate would miss out on a podium in 2017. The team responded with two excellent wins. In addition to this, it was on top of terrible weather conditions in May and July at Donington Park. The success didn’t stop here. The team also managed to take home second position at Anglesey Coastal. This allowed them to climb to the top of the championship standings.
And they refused to relinquish control of the competition having hit the front, registering the third win at Snetterton in between third-place finishes at Cadwell Park and Croft that saw Sorrymate seal the title with a race to spare.
The team celebrated in style
The team celebrated in style with another podium to cap off a sensational year and this was after claiming a haul of 176 points out of a possible 225 from the nine rounds.
We would like to congratulate the team on their hard work and efforts. Furthermore, A big thank you is due to the pit crew and their incredibly supportive family and friends who made the victory possible through their hard work and dedication.
SorryMate once again invested in twins Kurt and Matt Wigley in 2017 as the racing duo continue to progress through the BSB ranks.
Kurt enjoyed a promising season after stepping up to the Dickies British Supersport class. In contrast, Matt only managed five outings in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000. This was before suffering a broken vertebra at Knockhill in June.
Matt recovered well and numerous manoeuvres
Despite his limited action, Matt showcased his overtaking prowess with numerous manoeuvres, in particular during his first race on the 1000cc Kawasaki at Donington Park as he recovered from starting last of 46 competitors on the grid to finish 16th, although he did not register a championship point prior to his season-ending injury.
Kurt managed to avoid any serious damage
Kurt avoided any serious damage. He was able to build on an early-season promise by claiming his first points in the feature race of round three at Oulton Park. His 10th position proved to be the first of eight top 10 finishes. He started a run of earning points in 14 of the remaining 19 races.
With Matt sidelined, Kurt took centre stage with a spectacular performance during the fifth round at Snetterton, producing his best result of the season by coming sixth and eighth in the two races to add 18 points to his tally.
Kurt was the first supersport to test Mupo suspension
Kurt then became the first rider in the Supersport class to test the new Mupo suspension in September, which provided immediate results in the sprint race at Silverstone by crossing the line in ninth spot, recording the sixth fastest lap time in the process to secure a second row start for the feature race. However, he, unfortunately, missed out on a potential top-five finish by crashing in the wet conditions.
The 22-year-old then came seventh twice and ninth once across the next four races at Oulton Park and Assen to increase his points tally further and the Sorrymate rider completed the campaign on a high with five more at Brands Hatch to conclude the year in 15th position overall in the Championship with 83 points.
The Wigley brothers are eager to further establish themselves in their respective classes in 2018.
SorryMate rider Kurt Wigley completed his rookie season in the Dickies British Supersport class with another finish in the points in the final race at Brands Hatch.
The result means he concludes the year in 15th position overall in the Championship with a tally of 83 points, including eight top 10 finishes, producing his best result of sixth at Snetterton back in July.
The weekend began well as Kurt carefully negotiated the early phases of FP1 with the track in a damp condition before posting the fourth quickest lap time after a dry line appeared.
However, it seemed the team had peaked too early as FP2 was riddled with problems due to an incorrect gearing change that caused difficulty finding power on the exit of turns.
The issues continued into qualifying as Kurt almost lost the front on numerous occasions when entering the first and final turn. In addition, the team were struggling to find a solution to the bike running excessively wide on the exit of fast corners.
This meant Kurt was at a disadvantage to the rest of the field with a lack of speed and stability, meaning he was forced to settle for 15th on the grid for Saturday afternoon’s sprint race.
Several changes were made to the bike by the crew in a bid to improve performance and they appeared to have paid off when Kurt stormed out of the blocks and made a number of positions.
But it wasn’t long before the bad luck struck once again, with the bike suffering progressive brake fade. And the race came to an abrupt end for the Sorrymate team when Kurt failed to slow down enough on the entrance to turn four and crashed out having lost the front.
Despite avoiding serious damage to bike and rider, Saturday’s DNF led to a lowly 19th place grid position for the feature race, so the team elected to make a further gearing change along with alterations to the front suspension and engine braking.
Kurt took a more careful approach to ensure he completed the race and maintained a smooth line throughout as he rose up to 11th to continue his streak of finishing in the points at every circuit since the third round at Oulton Park.
This signals positive progress for the team in their first season in the Supersport class as they battled early DNFs and technical issues to achieve some tremendous results along the way, which bodes well for further success in 2018.
Sorrymate rider Kurt Wigley recovered from crashing out of the Sprint Race to register another top 10 finish in the Feature Race at Assen for round 11 of the Dickies British Supersport Championship.
The weekend drew parallels to last month’s event at Silverstone, when Kurt also returned with seven points following a DNF and a ninth-place.
The first practice session of the weekend proved to be a learning curve for Kurt as he had not seen the famous TT Assen circuit for six years, meaning he spent much of the session becoming accustomed to the braking points and racing line.
Despite being at a disadvantage to most of the other riders, who attended the circuit last year, Kurt made huge strides in FP2 after a change of gearing and amendments to the suspension setup.
The Sorrymate team again had the support of Mupo and received their help working with the bike in between sessions and in pit lane in a bid to find the best setup and overcome any problems with the suspension.
Kurt recorded major improvements to his personal best lap time by going over 2.5 seconds faster to lift him into 11th spot heading into qualifying.
Conditions turned damp on Saturday morning and Kurt once again thrived with the wet tyres as he climbed up the timing charts into second position until a dry line began to appear.
This led to Kurt falling down to 10th on the leaderboard, although he was set to improve on his fastest time after producing personal best first two sectors, but the session was then brought to an immediate halt when Kurt exited a fast left turn and hit the damp edge of the circuit, which launched him over the handle bars.
Fortunately, the Sorrymate rider was relatively unscathed after the incident, avoiding any major injuries. However, the bike suffered severe damage having rolled several times on the tarmac, smashing the rear wheel and ripping off the clocks.
The team worked flat out to ensure the bike was fixed for the afternoon race and they succeeded in getting it to the grid despite a short turnaround of just three hours.
They were helped by a delayed start due to a downpour, which played into Kurt’s hands as an emerging specialist in wet conditions.
And he quickly asserted himself in the race by soaring up into sixth position on the opening lap, but it was soon apparent that the earlier crash was taking its toll and Kurt was unable to make further progress before dropping a few places.
He did show great resilience to perform a couple of overtaking manoeuvres to shift up the pack once again, but disaster struck when Kurt pursued another overtake and was pushed off line for a hairpin, resulting in the rear breaking traction and ending the race for the Sorrymate team.
To the relief of the crew, no damage was caused by the accident and there was renewed determination the following day to make sure the team would not leave the Netherlands without some points despite starting 15th on the grid.
Kurt headed straight to the inside of the circuit into the first corner and pushed forward while riders around him bunched up, enabling him to burst through.
As the field began to spread out, Kurt led the middle group and pushed away to bridge the gap to those in front. A position penalty was enforced due to exceeding track limits, but Kurt managed to lift himself up into eighth, meaning he claimed another seven points for his tally with a ninth-place finish.
Kurt has now amassed an impressive tally of 78 points with one more race to go as the Dickies British Supersport Championship concludes at Brands Hatch next weekend.
The 67th Scarborough Gold Cup at SorryMate’s partnered circuit Oliver’s Mount was unfortunately forced to be abandoned. This was after two serious incidents on Sunday.
Twelve injured in two separate accidents
Twelve people were injured after two separate incidents. These incidents involved experienced riders Jamie Coward and Daley Mathison, who both crashed through safety fencing into spectators.
We would firstly like to pass on our best wishes to all those affected. We feel it is important to give a special mention to the medical personnel, marshals and officials, local police, NHS, ambulance staff and helimeds for all their efforts in treating those involved.
Ambulances transported six people to the hospital
The first collision occurred at around 10:40 am. This happened during qualifying for the feature Steve Henshaw International Gold Cup race when Oliver’s Mount regular Coward lost control of his bike on the approach to Druries hairpin. As a result, he travelled through the fences into the crowd. Four people were affected, with air ambulances transporting two casualties to James Cook hospital Middlesbrough and Hull Royal. In addition, one was taken to Scarborough via land ambulance, with one walking wounded.
Racing recommenced and two contests were completed before a second incident took place during the Junior B race in the early afternoon when Mathison, who is a contender for victories at every meeting at England’s only road race track, suffered a front brake failure at the same corner and was forced to jump off the bike.
A further six casualties occurred
A similar outcome materialised later on. This time with six casualties; one taken to James Cook via air ambulance, two being able to walk away from the incident and the remainder transported to Scarborough. The meeting was then cancelled due to the severity of the incidents and the medical resources being stretched.
Prior incidents had occured on the previous Saturday
The events happened a day after a serious accident for AJB Racing rider Brad Vicars. He suffered a severe leg injury after a crash on Saturday and is now on the mend in hospital. The Steve Henshaw International Gold Cup had otherwise run smoothly on Saturday. It was dominated by a usual suspect as Spring Cup and Cock O’The North Champion. Dean Harrison proved once again he is a cut above the rest with four wins out of four He additionally beat his own lap record.
Lee Crawford and Ian Lougher both claimed two victories. There were also first-place finishes for Daniel Frear, Ivan Lintin, Stephen Parsons and Barry Evans.
Motorbike racing is not without its inherent risks
Racing became a secondary factor on the day as the inherent risks of the sport were highlighted. We wish everyone affected a speedy recovery. Furthermore, we would like to emphasise the good work that the emergency services did in treating the injured.
Here at SorryMate, we know more than any other solicitors that motorbike Crashes and accidents can just happen. It’s even happened to our Fergus. If you’re involved in an accident on the road, don’t hesitate to contact us today.
Kurt Wigley has a successful weekend
SorryMate rider Kurt Wigley enjoyed a fantastic weekend on the second visit of the season to Oulton Park. He registered two seventh-places for Round 10 of the Dickies British Supersport Championship.
The weekend almost began with disaster during a very wet FP1. This is when the steering damper bracket snapped. As a result, it nearly caused Kurt to lose control of the Yamaha on a straight exceeding 100mph. Despite this setback, Kurt managed to get the bike safely back to the pit lane. From here, the crew worked frantically to create a quick fix. Unfortunately, the SorryMate bike only re-emerged to complete two laps out of a possible 15 for the session.
SorryMate had some strong laps
FP2 produced more positivity for the team as Kurt recorded some strong lap times on a drying track. He worked his way into the top 10. However, once again issues struck as the bike lost all power and cut out when exiting turn one. Further investigations identified a blown fuse. This was a relief to the team as they were able to rectify the damage. Even though this was resolved, the disruptions in both sessions meant Kurt had lost vital testing time.
To add to the team’s problems, the Oulton Park circuit is in stark contrast to the previous round at Silverstone. It has a lot of bumps, cambers and twisty sectors. This meant that they had minimal information to carry over for the new Mupo suspension. However, Kurt was in impressive form nonetheless. He defied the limitations of the bike and set a time good enough for the fourth row in 11th on the grid.
Kurt was ready to fight for the best finish
The SorryMate rider enjoyed a fast start to race one as he broke away with the top 10 in the opening few laps. He appeared to be ready to fight for the best finish in the Dickies Supersport class. Unfortunately, this soon vanished when the brakes began to fade quickly. The team had never previously suffered this type of issue. To make things worse, they had to watch on as Kurt struggled to stay upright. He came closer to running off track and colliding with other riders when entering corners.
Luck was on Kurt’s side
Fortune was on the team’s side as the race was red flagged due to a rain shower. This allowed the crew to change the pads and bleed the brake fluid through the system. In addition to this change of wheels to wets in a desperate attempt to make the restart. The changes proved to be a success, with Kurt making early inroads after another quick getaway. As a result, this allowed him to lift himself in the to seventh position, recording the sixth fastest lap of the race in the process.
Kurt managed to successfully guide the bike to the chequered flag in seventh. This is a major achievement considering the problems prior to the red flag. Expectations grew higher for the feature race due to the quick lap time putting him on the second row of the grid. Conditions for the second race looked set to be ideal for the SorryMate bike. It thrives on a slightly damp track, but a heavy downpour just moments before the start caused a much damper circuit.
Kurt left with 18 points from the weekend’s racing
Kurt struggled to control the bike when finding the limit. He fell back into the middle of the pack in the opening couple of laps, dropping as far as 13th place. However, Kurt showed his growing maturity to consolidate his position and ease into a rhythm in a bid to reduce the mistakes after crashing out of race two at Silverstone in similar conditions last time out.
Having finally found his groove and benefitting from a drying track, Kurt began to produce some rapid lap times and was able to pull off a number of impressive overtaking manoeuvres. And his fantastic second half of the race resulted in another seventh place finish for the Sorrymate rider, meaning the team left Oulton Park with a haul of 18 points from the weekend’s racing.
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SorryMate’s rider Kurt Wigley, using his new Mupo suspension system, showed great pace across the weekend but suffered a DNF in the Feature Race after a ninth-place finish in Race One.
Unpredictable weather forecast made preparations difficult
An unpredictable weather forecast means that preparations were difficult for Kurt Wigley. This is down to the uncertainty of how the motorcycle will be set-up. In addition to this, the team became the first in the Supersport class to test the new Mupo suspension, with the assistance of Mupo’s experts trackside with us to aid the development.
The first practice session
The first practice session was used to understand how the bike functioned differently to the existing set-up. This meant regular pit stops were made to make the required changes. Kurt was able to get more laps under his belt and push the bike harder in FP2. He displayed a large increase in speed as he hit P1 midway through the session in the wet.
The Sorrymate bike, equipped with the new suspension, continued to impress in the rain and Kurt completed the session in a terrific fourth place. However, a lack of information in dry conditions reduced the team’s confidence heading into Saturday morning’s qualifying.
Kurt pushed the bike from the start
Kurt pushed hard from the start. However, the change in conditions was evident as adjustments were required with the handling of the front entering corners.
Despite qualifying in 14th, odd track conditions enabled the team to feel positive about the chance to move through the pack as six of the turns on the far side of the circuit were wet with standing water, while the rest remained dry. This meant there was a wide range of tyre combinations used by everyone on the grid, with a selection of full wets, intermediates and dry tyres.
SorryMate Crew decided to gamble on the dry option
The Sorrymate crew elected to gamble on the dry option in the hope that a dry line would appear in the wet areas. Therefore, it would be the most beneficial choice in the latter stages of the race. This proved a success as Kurt battled his way up to ninth and recorded the sixth fastest lap on his final trip round to earn a second row start for Sunday’s Feature Race.
Conditions were again difficult to anticipate and drizzle began to fall just moments before pit lane opened to form on the grid.The Sorrymate crew quickly changed to wets and this was the consensus with the rest of the competitors as the rain got heavier and showed no signs of stopping.
The race began
Kurt began the race excellently. He gained a place entering the first corner before establishing himself in a pack of five riders. He contending an exciting battle for five laps with continuous overtaking each lap. Kurt finally broke away from the group and settled into a rhythm as he chased the leaders. Despite this, he, unfortunately, lost rear-traction and his race came to an abrupt end.
He was launched into the air over the front of the bike but refused to accept defeat. He tried his all to remain upright by gripping onto the bars at the bike skipped from side-to-side with the rear wheel off the floor. However, the rear spun around just as Kurt landed back on the bike, meaning he sadly crashed out to miss out on potentially a top-five finish, although he did produce a spectacular replay on Eurosport’s live footage.
In spite of the low points tally for the weekend, it has been a fantastic learning curve for the team. We are getting closer to where we want to be. Kurt will attempt to build on this in a week’s time for Round 10 at Oulton Park.