Angelsey March 16th 2008

First Race of 2008

Team FJ Racing;

Steve was unable to attend has his FJ Racer wasn’t together yet, work commitments had held him back., shame.
Liam was still trying to get his head around his broken leg from the end of 2007 and running the new 12:1 pistons in.
Giles was simply thrown in the deep as he had never raced before let alone seen Anglesey circuit.
I was hoping all the mods over the winter of 2007 were going to hold and not dump me on the starting grid!

Practice; March 15th
Started at 11am to a very damp track and over the course of the day it got worst. So it was a case of using the wet tyres, but by 4pm the track was flooded so it was to the beer tent to talk racing and by the end of the night I think the FJ team was the fastest there. Hic!

Race day; March 16th
Got up to a damp track which was quickly drying so it was back to new Conti Race Attach tyres (bit like the FJR Attach tyres only sticky).
Then problems hit.
My FJ lots all the electrics, so after checking my home made wiring loom it was traced to a simple relay. Liam found the local tyre guy had fitted his rear Conti around the wrong way. And Giles couldn’t fit the front tyre warmer as the mudguard was to close to the tyre, so he stole the guard off the teams spare FJ1100 racer.
The early practise session was used to bed the tyres in.
We also race in the Power Bikes for the extra practise, this is always good fun dicing with the R1’s and Gixer, to put it in a nut shell, we didn’t come last.
The race for grid position for the main race of the Forgotten Era went very well. I got first with a clear lead of 8 seconds. Liam came 5th and Giles 8th.
The race for points and trophy started off well and I was straight in the lead. I manage to get away from Richard Ellis on his OWO1 (with FZR1000 engine) but later in the race because I didn’t realise he was so close I backed off slightly. The result was Ric came up the inside of me at the hair pin. I let him through and thought ‘Game On’ and thinking I still had a lap I followed him for the next few bends only to be surprised to see the chequered flag as we crossed the line. Shit, lost by 0.3 seconds. Lesson learnt, I must look behind and check the distance of who’s behind.
Liam had a great race, he pulled a fantastic third by over taking two on the last but one bend.
Giles did another great job of getting 5th in the class, that’s got to be worth some pat on the back. This guys has never ridden an FJ in his life, never seen a race let alone Anglesey circuit.
So three FJ’s in the top five positions.
Here to Race 2 at Oulton Park on April 12th

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