Donington 4H Classic: Ones to Watch

Posted: 3rd May 2017

European Classic Series 2017 Starts Here – Background Info on Top Teams – Phase One, Neate Racing Honda, Team Force, SCERT Suzuki, Alf's Kawasaki, Classic Suzuki...

With the start of the 2017 European Classic Series endurance championship season just days away, we take a look at some of the likely front runners once racing commences at Donington Park on May 6th/7th.

Download the entry list here: donington-4h-teams.pdf

Sweatshop Phase One will have a two-bike entry at Donington Park, in a real effort to support the return of International Endurance to the circuit. Phase One are probably the most famous UK Endurance team, having won the World Championship three times in their 25 year history.

Preparation is the key to Phase One's success

This year Multi-Hottrax Endurance Champion Hugh Brasher will be joined by ex South African Superbike Champion Mike Dickinson on the first P&M Suzuki GSX 1100. The second machine will be piloted (literally) by Peter Linden (2000 world Endurance Champion and Fighter Pilot for the Swedish Air Force) and Ian Simpson (Double BSB and British 600 Champion).

To say Neate Racing are experienced in the demands of preparing a race bike is an understatement! Founder John has been building and racing bikes for over 35 years, in which time he has built and prepped bikes to World Superbike level. Sons Steven and Sam raced up to world level, but these days spend more time preparing bikes for others.

That said, the trio are still racing, competing in the Classic championship where they gained 4th place in 2014 and are the current European Classic series champions! With this pedigree, their Honda Magnum will be there or thereabouts.

With former World Endurance champions Richard Hubin and Gregory Fastre at the helm, Team Force’s Harris GSX-R is bound to be challenging for the top step of the podium.

Team SCERT has been competing since 2005, winning the inaugural UK classic endurance race at Snetterton in 2015. Riders Steve Boam and Steve Clark have been endurance racing since 2005 and won the inaugural Legends 4 hour race at Snetterton. Can they repeat this achievement on their Harris Suzuki XR69 at Donington?

ALF's Motorcycles are another long established team, competing over the last five years in classic endurance racing. Finishing 5th overall in 2016, former world endurance racer Mike ‘Spike’ Edwards, Michael Godfrey and John Barton will be looking towards a podium place in 2017, starting with a strong result at Donington on their P&M Kawasaki 1100

And last but not least, we should mention Team Classic Suzuki with former World Superbike star James Whitham, MotoGP’s Steve Parrish and MCN Chief road tester Michael Neeves - the riders have an established pedigree of racing at highest level, Whitham and Parrish can still put in a blistering lap when recording the “flying lap” coverage for Eurosport. But will the demands of endurance racing be a different challenge on their Suzuki Katana 1100?

We'll never tire of looking at this bike, but how will it go?

Download the entry list here: donington-4h-teams.pdf

Words: Bob Pickett, Photos: Teams