Terry Rymer makes it a clean sweep at Donington Park!
Terry Rymer, former World Endurance Champion, Multiple World Superbike and BSB winner came out of racing retirement last weekend to race his Peter Day Yamaha OW-01 at Donington Park with Thundersport GB, in the Golden Era Superbike class.
Terry showed he had lost none of the fire, as he took time out from his job as JG Speedfit Kawasaki Team Manager, and battled with 2 times title winner John Dieterman on his YZF750. John certainly didn't make things easy for him, and pushed him all the way.
But it was "Too tall Tel" who was triumphant in all four races, treating the large crowds to a display of OW-01 dominance. John Dieterman gained enough points on the Saturday to take the Golden Era Superbike title for a second year.
THUNDERSPORT GB, DONINGTON PARK GP CIRCUIT
John Dieterman kindly donated a pair of used Dunlop slicks for me to try, as I had been hoping to test some at some point. For me, the front Dunlop had more grip (a huge amount) but they weren't night and day different to the Pirelli superbike slicks. But then they didn't go off, and the same pair of used tyres stayed on there all weekend! Very impressed.
My lap times got steadily faster as my circuit knowledge and confidence improved. This was my first ride since two highsides at cadwell...it took a while to heal, or I would have got back on sooner.
With a best result of 6th in the last race, and catching the guys in front, I was really chuffed. The Hi-lite Signs OW-01 never missed a beat, and it was brilliant just to be thrashing my pride and joy in the sunshine, at my favourite track.
I wanted to put the demons of Cadwell to bed, have a fun, solid ride, and a good result. That's just what we achieved, so I'm very happy to put the bikes to bed now for the winter.
I couldnt have done it without Peter Day, Hi-lite Signs, and my mechanic Derrick Smith, and young Skywalker Sam Smith. Sam, you went up the mountain a boy but came down as a man. Hope you enjoyed it.
Thanks Aaron Staniforth and Ady Butler for travelling to support me. It means a lot.
Not least , thanks to Caroline Ess for supporting me in what has been a difficult, and at times expensive season. Let's end it on a high.
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The inaugural Cadwell Park International Classic was to be the highlight of the racing calender for us this year. On the back of the success of last years 80th anniversary celebrations, the event was scaled up to 2 days, with parades, demonstrations, displays, historic aircraft displays, special guest interviews, live music and much more. It was a great weekend, and one we were proud to be involved with. Congratulations to all concerned. Click the pictures below to enlarge.
It was the race debut for our new YZF750SP racer too. I managed to put it into 3rd place in qualifying for the International Classic Superbike race, behind Richard Steadman on his YZF750 and Ian Simpson on his Peter Day OW01. Something I was quite pleased with, being only the bikes second outing on track.
I sat and waited for the start lights to come on, when everyone around me cleared off! Then I noticed some chap waving a flag around. It has been some years since I started a race like that. So followed on politely behind.
A restart after 1 lap gave me another go at the start. I fouled it up completely, bogging the engine and going nowhere. I think I was about 6th into the first bend, and fought my way though the pack to second place. Richard Steadman way miles out in front by then so congratulations to him on a convincing win.
Being presented with my trophy by none other than Giacomo Agostini, was the highlight of my weekend and made me very proud. A shame I didn't get a photograph of it to commemorate the occasion. Sadly it was to be our last dry race of the weekend, and our last and only positive result.
Then the rains came. And boy did it rain. The Tommy Wood Trophy was the next on our list, and the one I badly wanted to win. Out on the OW01 in appalling conditions, I took the holeshot and never looked back. Perhaps I should have looked back, because on the last lap I had over ten seconds lead over second place, and with the OW being solid and surefooted as ever, pressed on towards the flag. I then highsided out of the penultimate corner, throwing away a clear race win. The bike slid a long way down the track. In hindsight I could have picked her up and made it over the line for the win still. However, I would have been disqualified had I done so. I cant apologise to Peter enough, and with my years of experience, I really should have known better.
I was bruised and battered, but uninjured. The bike suffered a broken footpeg and gearchange, bent subframe, various bent brackets and trashed bodywork.
Peter did an unbelievable job, and finished the OW with minutes to spare before Superbike race 2. I didn't want to subject the shiny new YZF to those conditions!