BMCRC Round 1 Brands Hatch
Posted on 18th March 2023 at 14:52
Cold, Wet and Action Packed
At the end of 2022 we was approached by Andrew Burscough to tune and prepare his Rd350 YPVS engines for the 2023 season. Competing in the Yamaha Past Masters Racing Series as the sole RD against a grid full of TZR 250's, Andrew felt he needed to make a step with the engine to compete against the superior handling of the TZR
Over the winter months we have been incredibly busy preparing two RD 350 YPVS race engines for Andrew Burscough. One for his wet bike and one for his dry bike. With the season fast approaching both bikes were finish just before round 1 at Brands Hatch.
As usual with the great British weather in March we were greeted with wet, cold and at times snowy conditions for Friday practice. With tarmac temperature showing little more than 2 degrees Andrew set out on his wet bike to spin the 1st few laps . Some adjustments were made during the day and Andrew declared himself happy with the new engine.
Saturday came and conditions were dry, but again extremely cold. The wet bike stayed in the garage and it was time to wheel out the dry bike for qualifying. As very little running had been done on it Andrew entered the Formula 400 qualifying to get a few extra laps. Towards the end of the session he put in some very steady laps before waiting for the Yamaha Past Master qualifying straight after. Unfortunately, this let the engine cool and when he started to get back up to speed in the YPM qualifying the engine cold seized into Paddock bend, and an unlucky trip through the gravel followed. One beaten up rider and a badly damaged bike meant a premature end to the weekend.
With the engine out and back in the workshop the race is on to have it ready for the next round at Pembrey on the 8th April.
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