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With endurance racing gaining popularity in the UK, we decided to head to Croft and get stuck in.


Someone’s dropped a fiver…

Dangerous Brod’s enticing words came over my telecommunications device: “Do you want to do the Croft endurance round?” The answer was a resounding YES! I just needed to find a diplomatic way to escape the household, and the clutches of my parents-in-law who were descending that weekend.

Thankfully, that didn’t take much doing, and before I knew it I was headed north with my younger, slightly balding and far more talented brother. It’d been eight years since I last visited the North Yorkshire circuit, which unceremoniously ended my pubescent aspirations to become a professional motorcycle racer when my Superstock Fireblade decided to sit on top of me on the run in to the first bend. It was a track I’d loved back then, prior to my hospital trip inducing accident, and the thought of returning and putting my gremlins to bed was an exciting one. More so because I’d be doing it in an endurance themed context. Endurance racing has always been a fun thing for me. Even when I was riding at BSB-level, I’d still get stuck in and do the odd endurance race because there was no better way to have a laugh and clock up valuable track time. And that was pretty much the intention from this onslaught; to enjoy it.

Getting to grips

Of course, any racer knows that true enjoyment only comes from winning races and that was why we were going there; to win, or at least have a good stab at it. The reality was that I felt rustier than an old iron nail that’d spent the past year at the bottom of a pond being wee’d on by fish.

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