11-May -1998

Festival of Ducati - Oschersleben. Germany 8-10 May

Another debut - this time at the third round of The World Sound of Thunder Series at the Festival of Ducati at Oschersleben, Germany. The new Britten, accompanied by the Britten Team and sponsored by the Festival of Ducati organisers, has been repaired after the misfortune in Japan where New Zealand Superbike champion rider Chris Haldane completed the entire race minus the clutch and still managed to obtain 4th place.

Friday the 8th saw Chris familiarising himself with one of EuropeÍs most modern tracks, 3.7kms designed to hold formula one in the near future and complete with a four star hotel that provided our accommodation and a view of very full days racing from Friday through to Sunday. It was a facility way beyond our expectations.

On Saturday there were only two qualifying sessions where Chris took poll by 2.5 seconds and came within 0.8 seconds of the official track record for all motorcycle classes. However the decision was made to race the field and not the clock on race day.

Sunday dawned, another beautiful day with the bulk of the spectator interest being in the Britten. Chris took the field by storm, clearing 9 seconds on the next rider at the end of the first lap, settling in to a rhythm to win the 14 lap race by nearly 30 seconds ahead of Moriwaki Honda TeamÍs VTR1000, thus providing a certain satisfaction, having been beaten by them two weeks before in Round 16 of the Battle of the Twins at Tsukuba, Japan.

The win is the second for the Britten team in the Sound of Thunder series. They supported the Mansson Technologies owned Britten V1000 which was ridden to victory by Mike Barnes at Round one at Daytona, USA in March of this year.

Race team Manager, Wayne Alexander said that the new Britten was proving to be a very reliable engine and it was great to see such excellent results from the development work that has gone into the new bikes over the last 12 months. He is confident that the win at Oschersleben will assist with the sale of the new bike which is to be returned to the Christchurch based factory to have the engine stripped and rebuilt.