Spa 4H Classic: Qualifying and Starting Grid
Posted: 1st July 2017
Team Force take pole, Edge Racing second, Kaiser Classic third. Alf's and Phase One battle for fourth and fifth – Team Classic Suzuki 13th overall with Guy Martin and Pete Boast within a tenth of each other – Still raining
Team Force (Suzuki F1) have taken pole position for today's Spa 4 Hour edition of the European Classic Series classic motorcycle endurance racing championship. Their combined time of 2:43.430 was an impressive 2.111 seconds quicker than second placed Team Edge Racing (Suzuki GS1100E) on 2:45.541. Third place has gone to Kaiser Classic Endu Team (Bakker Kawasaki) on 2:45.679, in fourth place is Team Alf's (P&M Kawasaki) on 2:46.184 and in fifth is the No.4 Sweatshop Phase One (P&M Suzuki) on 2:46.978.Team Force
All of these teams set their fastest times in the first rider sessions, benefiting from changing track conditions as much as anything else. The spread of times between groups makes it difficult to use qualifying as a yardstick for the race. It is raining heavily this morning but the optimistic forecasts are for the rain to ease before the start of the race.
Team Taurus were sixth, the No/3/ Sweatshop Phase One bike was seventh, Roadrunner Team were eighth, Neat Racing (winners at Donington and current champions) ninth and Motoport Uithoorn were tenth.
The Team Classic Suzuki Katana of Guy Martin and Pete Boast was 13th overall with a time of 2:51.476, both riders recording similar lap times suggesting that that is the current limit of the bike's performance at the moment, although it is noticeably – audibly – faster out of slow corners than many other competitors.
A total of 50 teams recorded qualifying times although we have not yet had a confirmed starting grid.
Words: Martin Gelder, Photos: Martin Gelder