5-May-1997

RACING AND SUPPORT

Buying a Britten V1000 is just the first step in a long term relationship with the creators of the unique racer. The Britten Motorcycle Company Ltd is actively involved with all race teams who own a V1000. Raceteams have the latest specifications updates available to keep them at the forefront of their racing class.

One Italian owner who shares the team's passion and vision has granted the use of his racer as a "factory flagship". Though the first customer bike to be sold (in 1994), this particular Twin Cylinder race machine has been developed extensively, very little of this racer is now original. It has competitively raced solidly for the past 18 months to test the latest design work of the shop. These improvements have been redesigned into the latest two new 1996 racers, the first bikes sold and delivered since 1994. Both bought by American race teams, with the contracted services of Britten M/C's, they are racing in America as front contender in their classes, along with an earlier but respecified version of the V1000.

Factory racing is partially funded through long term sponsors MOBIL 1, ICI AUTOCOLOR, SBS (Scandinavian Braking Systems), AEI and a variety of event sponsors. The cost in competitively racing these machines is substantial and is a limiting factor dictating the racing Britten M/C's can compete in as a full factory entry.

This combined support and focused team effort is reflected in an array of successful race results. The highlights of these being:

Smashing 3 world sanctioned Land Speed Records for the class of machine. Winning all 6 rounds of the WORLD BEARS Series - to take the championship and second place in 1995 the Inaugural Year of the the event.

Setting current lap records at Ruapuna Raceway Christchurch and Teretonga Park Invercargill, while taking out the New Zealand National Superbike Championship Title and the New Zealand Grand Prix for two consecutive years in the 1995/96 seasons.

Dominating Daytona Speedway (Florida) class events from 1994 to 1997 - winning Battle of the Twins and the opening rounds of the three World Championship Series in as many years (1995/96 & 97).

In June of 1996 the team returned to the gruelling Isle of Man and competed in the Formula 1 and Senior TT's, deemed to be the world's most demanding road race. The factory supported CR&S /BRITTEN gained Britten's first finish in the 226 mile Senior event, being the second Twin cylinder machine home.

In defence of their previous wins, the team headed to Holland, and achieved two years of consecutive wins of Pro Twins racing and the World BEARS Championship rounds at Assen. The Italian owned CR&S BRITTEN was then freighted to Australia. The factory entered the Australian National BEARS round at Phillip Island, a support race for the final World Superbike Championship of 1996. The Britten dominated racing, to the delight of a crowd of over 30,000 spectators, to win both it's class races.

Defending two consecutive season's National Superbike Championship Titles in New Zealand wrapped up the expanded race campaign of 1995/97. Ongoing development and testing throughout this series with a highly modified racer and a new rider, proved the reliability of the Britten V1000 with consistent top finishes in all rounds, to complete this series second on points.