The Grand Prix Machine European Campaign 2018
This kiwi is on his way to Europe to show them that kiwi's can truly fly! I'm inspired by stories of the Continental Circus of the 70s, 80s and 90s, as well as New Zealand racers such as Hugh Anderson (4x 50cc and 125cc world champion), Ginger Malloy (2nd place World GP500), and the number of young kiwis competing overseas: Shane Richardson, Avalon Biddle, Connor London, Alastair Hoogenboezem to name a few. I'm heading over to experience for myself what the racing world can offer. I'll be competing in the European Freetech 50 Cup racing with Team Wobben on a 125GP style chassis. Read more below.
^ You can help and support my challenge by contributing to my give a little page and clicking the button above ^
Racing is expensive, and even in the small capacity classes it gets out of hand pretty quickly. I'm up for around $4,000 just in insurance, licences and entries, not to mention maintenance, rebuild costs, potential crash damage and travel. So a massive thank you for any contribution big or small you make, it's truly appreciated!
The Freetech 50 Cup
Between 1962 and 1983, 50 Grand Prix was world championship status. In 1984 50GP was removed and 80GP continued until 1989, the year I was born. In 2018, the Freetech 50 Cup is the closest thing we have to a world 50GP championship. With very few rules to encourage wild machine development, and run by a number of highly enthusiastic Dutch racers, it's a class which hosts tense battles that often go to the line. This year there will be 5 rounds across Germany, Netherlands and Poland.
The 50GP Machine
The Wobben 50 machine I'll be racing this year is a tube chassis Derbi GPR50 powered bike modeled off a NX4 RS125. Making approximately 18hp it has more grunt than any 50 I've ridden in NZ. However it's still a reed valver and it might be slightly down on power compared to some of the other wild Dutch racers, but the handling should be just as good as the 125GP precision I'm used to. With my light weight and recent riding in the New Zealand 125GP championship, I should be able to join in on some of the tight battles the class produces.
If you follow Grand Prix Machine you know I'm nuts for lightweight 2 strokes. I do all my own mechanical work, preparation and development. Doing both the
bike preparation and the riding is more than a handful at the track but for me, knowing every millimeter of the bike I’m on fills me with the confidence I need to push 100%. Preparation and consistency is critical in motorcycle racing so doing this also means I'm in control of my own results.
I'm currently competing in my third national 125GP championship and running 3rd place. I've been racing for around 4 1/2 - 5 years now in the lightweight classes and love every moment trying to extract the best from my machines. Outside of racing I surf, hike, photograph, and love to travel so this adventure to Europe ticks more than one box for me!
The circuits - 2 Stroke battle grounds of Europe
Imagine the fun and tense racing you'd get from a field of highly strung 2 strokes racing around the fast and flowing circuits of continental Europe! Hockenheimring a F1 circuit, Assen a MotoGP circuit, a Schleizer Dreieck a closed street circuit, Oschersleben a IDM Superbike circuit. Racing at these Colosseums is what this kid from New Zealand has dreamed of.