Another action packed weekend for the WD-40 rally team. Saturday saw them compete in the Nicky Grist Stages of the BTRDA championship. The guys were on good form after registering two wins in their last three races and were determined to make it three in four. The 45 mile event was made famous by Wales Rally GB and was always going to provide a tough test. However, the team were more than up to the challenge, achieving a first place finish, winning 5 of the 8 stages and achieving a winning margin of 8 seconds. With only two races remaining the guys are still very much competing for the championship title. Next up is Woodpecker (Ludlow) which will be followed by the final event of the season, Trackrod (North Yorkshire)
With 5 races done and only 2 left to go in this year’s Down Hill world cup this weekend’s race in Lenzerheide, Switzerland could be the pivotal moment for many in the 2017 campaign. For a track that is located within a Bike Park the course was surprisingly technical. This was largely due to significant recent rain fall washing away some of the dirt tracks exposing more rocks and creating ‘problems’ or ‘new lines’ depending on how riders were able to cope with what was taped out in front of them. Practise provided numerous crashes as the riders tried to decide on the best route down and no-one escaped without incident either on themselves or their bike. WD-40 Athlete Danny Hart remaining on his familiar 27.5” wheeled bike qualified in 6th, proving his speed and ability on this track where he won last time around. Race day and Danny was able to put a run together that took over a second off the fastest time of the day and he assumed his now regular stint in the hot seat as event leader. The question as always with the remaining handful of athletes at the top of the hill was whether he would remain there. Eventually the greatest of all time Greg Minaar managed to post fastest time of the day with last week’s winner Troy Brosnan stealing second. Greg Minaar has now won 21 World Cups – incredible. Aaron Gwin who was last man down after qualifying 1st was on a scorcher of a run until he went too hard into a rock garden and punctured his rear wheel destroying all chances of a win, or a podium any points he could salvage by simply getting down could prove significant as we arrive at the business end of the season. Danny now moves up to 7th overall in the championship standings even after his unlucky start to the year – testimony indeed to his world class race craft. The series now moves on to Monte St Anne in Canada taking place on the weekend of the 5th & 6th of August. #WD40BIKE
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To date, Danny Hart’s season hasn’t been as smooth as he would have liked. One of the affected elite as Rd1 in Lourdes as the weather turned, a victim of the dreaded wood section at Rd2 in Fort William and an unusual mechanical issue 3 metres into his run at Rd3 when his chain snapped in Leogang. Things needed to change as the world cup series rolled into Val Nord Andorra for Rd4. For Rd 4 Danny had elected to return to the frame set up he used in 2016 to blistering effect. The decision paid off. Danny Qualified in 6th similar to his efforts here last year, evidently on the pace and at the sharp end of the race. The Val Nord track is one of the steepest on the planet and one of the most technical. Danny has always been good here, but the level of the opposition and the options of lines all the way down the mountain make this a consistently hard race to call. Race day and times came tumbling down as the pace and level increased, the occupant of the hot seat – the chair that the current leader takes in front of the crowd changed until the ‘wow times’ times began to emerge. Enter Danny Hart – WOW?! Danny has a reputation for putting it all on the line when it’s race time and for many Danny’s commitment, his creative line choice & pure on the limit speed was the run of the weekend. Danny finished his run taking ne less than 5 seconds off the current lead time – WOW?! The remaining few wound their way down the Val Nord course and at the close of play Troy Brosnan won from the G.O.A.T Greg Minaar in 2nd with Danny Hart in 3rd. Andorra delivered a welcome return to the results sheet for Danny who has always been in form this year and at pace but desperately unlucky on race day. Onto Lenzerheide in Switzerland on the 7th – 9th July for Rd5.
Mason Law took to the track for Round 5 of the Pirelli Superstock 1000 at Snetterton. Mason had been flying in practice, finishing 2nd fastest in the first session and 6th fastest in the second session. Despite a slight knock in the opening stages of qualifying, he came through to qualify in 7th position! Mason put in an unbelievable performance, eventually finishing in 2nd place and breaking the lap record by 0.8 seconds along the way! This result moves Mason up to 5th in the overall standings just 11 points off the top 3! Tommy left feeling frustrated Having qualified down in 16th position for race one, Tommy was left in last positon following a crash in very first corner involving fellow rider Billy Mcconnell. Despite this, Tommy fought back to finish in 14th place! This became a familiar result for the Wiltshire rider, came home to finish in the same position in race two! Although continuing put points on the board, 14th positon is becoming a bit of a sticking point and breaking into the top 10 is becoming increasingly difficult, this has left both Tommy and Team manager Brent Gladwin rather frustrated with recent results. Fingers crossed Tommy will be back on form for round 6 of the MCE British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch later in the month. A quick mention for Liam Delves, who continued his comeback from injury with a solid 7th place in race one and 8th place in race two of the HEL Performance Motostar British Championship!! All of the Team WD40 boys will be back in action at Brands Hatch on the 21st-23rd of July!
Another consistent performance from Tommy Bridewell and TEAM WD-40 this weekend in Round 4 of the British Superbike championship in Knockhill, Scotland. So far this season Tommy has managed to harvest points from every race so far, however team manager Brent Gladwin says there are still improvements to be made. “whilst we have seen glimpses of brilliance from young Tommy so far, he is still getting to grips with the Kawasaki and its characteristics – in particular its brakes” Tommy is used to riding a Suzuki typically known for its braking power causing him to make some misjudgements when braking around corners and resulting in him crashing twice during practice earlier in the week. After a good qualifying session, Tommy narrowly missed out on pole position by three tenths of a second. After battling hard during race one, Tommy came home to finish in 11th position and after a great battle with Sylvain Guintoli in race two, Tommy finished back in 15th position. After the weekend’s result, Tommy now sits in 12th position in the British Superbike Championship with 37 points, just 14 behind James Ellison in 10th position. A great come back from mason After a win last time out in round 3 of the Pirelli Superstock 1000 Championship at Oulton park, Mason Law came into round 4 at Knockhill brimming with confidence and that showed as Mason was very disappointed to miss out on pole position by seven tenths of a second and started down in 10th position. Nevertheless, Mason fought hard in both races to battle back and finish 4th in both races, this meant that Mason added 26 points to his seasons tally to move up to 5th position in the Pirelli Superstock 1000 Championship overall standings. Both Tommy Bridewell and Mason Law race again at Snetterton on the 2nd of July.
Steven Petch & Michael Wilkinson entered the DMACK Carlisle Stage at the weekend with a great deal of confidence after their past three successive wins. Typical of the British summer, the rain was pelting down all morning making the driving conditions very wet and slippy, it was a real battle against the elements for all involved. But the guys held their nerve and still managed to put in great performance finishing in 2nd position. Stephen & Micheal missed out on 1st place by ¾ second to Peter Taylor, a local driver who is somewhat more experienced in a wet forest environment. Callum Black, Stephens biggest competitor so far this season finished in 3rd. With this result, Stephen moves upto 3rd in the Overall Championship Standings, just 19 points behind 1st placed Callum Black with 3 races remaining. The next round will be back on Tarmac at the Nicky Grist Stages in Wales on the 8th of july. #WD40RALLY
Tough weekend ends in disappointment for Danny Hart WD-40 Athlete Danny Hart like many others rolled into this weekend’s race keen to dominate and provide the world with a true display of his speed and form after the farce of Round 1 in Lourdes when the worlds fasted men were punished by a rapid change in weather conditions. This year a few course changes had been made. A new fast flowing section mid-way down caused no issue, but the infamous woods section lower down the course – this would be where the race was won or lost. To win a rider would need to fully commit, the risk versus reward scenario was very much in play – you could play it safe and bank some championship points, but in doing so you would be saying goodbye to the win. If a rider before you crashed or slid through, then your chances changed every time a rider went before you. Danny was one of the riders who fully committed but unfortunately came to blows with the course falling heavily over the bars. Destroying all chances of a win and even a top 20 position. Danny however wasn’t alone with many riders not even making it through the woods when they had decided to play safe. To put this into some sort of context the top 5 literally reflected the number of people who managed to get through the woods – it was carnage! But that’s the risk of racing – until his crash Danny was several seconds faster than the fastest time of the day. It’s clear that Danny is still in blistering form but the luck has not come his way yet. Onwards to Leogang in Austria for round 3 on the 10th & 11th of June. Results 1st – Greg Minaar 2nd – Marcelo Gutierrez 3rd – Jack Moir 59th– Danny Hart
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This month the WD-40 Team are giving away some exciting prizes for 5 LUCKY WINNERS! The prizes include a WD-40 Can with the Niagara Falls Road Map printed on it, WD-40 Branded Stickers, WD-40 Branded USB, and the main prize of a Polaroid Camera. CONGRATULATIONS to SARAH HILL for winning the main prize of a Polaroid Camera! Thanks for sending in all your creative selfies. If you didn’t win this time we have many more amazing prizes to give away. Please note that all these entries will be counted toward the main draw to win a trip to Niagara Falls. This month’s winners are…