Coming to Donington Park Circuit is always exciting, but even more so for the Moto E series finale. As we go into the weekend the leaders are neck a neck with everything to win, and of course lose. These next two days will determine who will be crowned victor of the 2017 and go down in history of electric racing.
The morning session saw a qualifying session that was faultless for the two lead racers, #85 Nova racings Casper Voogt and Bath Universities #25 Matthew Reese, both have never been to Donington Park so were still learning the track. This weekend all the ebikes joined the No Limits Racing 600 and pre injection 600 class. The early morning saw a light drizzle which resulted in a slightly damp and slippery track for the qualifying session (9:35am), it was precarious with several bikes ending up in the gravel and the session being red-flagged. Undermined, pole position within the electric class was secured for the afternoons race by Nova’s Casper Voogt, whose fastest laptime 1:27.686 saw him qualify 20th out of a total of 36 entrants into the 600 class in his first ever time out on track.
So to the afternoons race. “For the first race of the final race weekend of the season, the bath zero team looked forward to attempting to score the maximum number of points they could in the final three races.
Matt Rees riding ‘Apollo’ took it steady in the race, Donington Park being a new track for the team. Recent upgrades aimed at improving the reliability of the motorcycle showed their value and the bike ran without a hitch. The battery pack is showing it’s age and limits the top speed of the bike but the bike performed consistent lap times for the whole 10 lap race, gathering useful experience for the team.” Joe Lawrie commenting for Bath University. Indeed Rees’s times were vastly improved from the morning sessions scoring a fastest laptime of 1:29.022; a four and half second gain that was achieved consistently in every lap.
“Being the first time to ride on this track for our rider, Casper Voogt, the qualification session of this morning was at the same time a practice to get to know the track. He came prepared though, having memorised the track beforehand, which showed in his lap times. Getting better each lap, we qualified with a 1.27 time, placing us first in the MotoE competition.
As part of the race strategy, we decided to not take part in the warmup lap, though, in order to save valuable energy to use as an extra to finish the race.
Starting from the pitlane, ultimately this qualifier position did not matter, but the lap times kept improving!
With a fastest lap of 1.23.1, we obtained a first place in the opening race of this weekend’s MotoE competition. We are very happy with the results so far, having learned a lot from our longest race with the motorcycle. We look forward to what tomorrow’s races will bring!” Team Manager Floris Staver said as the team celebrated the first win of the weekend. With two races still to play for, and only a 5point lead, the team can’t rest on its laurels and will be preparing hard for tomorrow race.