March 8 1998  

March Press Release

  Britten dominates opening round of Sound of Thunder World Series

On March 3 the Sound of Thunder World Series kicked off in sunny conditions at Daytona International Speedway. American Michael Barnes took home the full 25 points for winning on a Britten V1000. ‘Barney’ was not only a happy but also a lucky man as a broken exhaust almost forced him to stop in the last lap. The Boca Raton, Florida resident was second after the first lap, while Pete Johnson on the Manfred Hecht Moto Guzzi 1200 led. However the real danger for Barney came from Calvin Rayborn III on his Harley Davidson VR 1000. Rayborn was moving to the rear of Barney but then things went wrong for him as he crashed (oil leak) in the seventh lap. The crash left him with a broken collar bone. Also Jay Springsteen on the Daytona Weapon 1 did not complete the 14 laps. Earlier in the week the new Saxon framed Sundance Harley - also known as the Daytona Weapon II - was pumping oil out. A problem team boss Shibazaki-san unfortunately could not tackle rapidly.

The Sundance Harley team was not the only Japanese team as Team Mimasaka rider Teruo Fukuda scored a well deserved sixth position on the Magni Moto Guzzi. Best of the three European riders was Wolfgang Bax who retrieved from his start problems in the Formula Twins race. The German Ducati rider was not in the top ten after the first lap but slowly forced his way through the field to finish fourth. As Sound of Thunder regulations allow singles, twins and triples engine configurations were very various. Californian Larry Schnur scored a respectable fifth aboard a Ducati Supermono while fellow Californian James Lickwar gained a seventh on his carburettor 595 Triumph triple. To comply with local Pro Thunder rules the San Fancisco resident used a 509 engine (885 cc) but a 595 cylinderhead. After the race there were some emotional moments as Kirsteen Britten and the Britten team celebrated their victory. All our minds went back to the late and brilliant John Britten.

Results Sound of Thunder World Series - Round 1, Daytona, U.S.

1 Michael Barnes USA Britten 1000s

2 Pete Johson USA Moto Guzzi 1200

3 David Kieffer USA Buell

4 Wolfgang Bax D Ducati

5 Larry Shnur USA Supermono

6 Teruo Fukuda J Magni-Moto Guzzi

7 James Lickwar USA Triumph 885

Note: 1 Result of a crash (Hi Side) in the second practice