Classic Endurance: Sunday Ride Classic Entry
Posted: 8th March 2018
Entry list for the Sunday Ride Classic EELC race now available – Phase One and Team Force go head to head - Teams from 8 nations, 7 frame makers and 5 manufacturers race in 4 classes – And there's a Honda Gold Wing taking part
With little more than two weeks to go until the first classic endurance race of the year, the Sunday Ride Classic at Circuit Paul Ricard on the French Riviera, the provisional entry list shows a fascinating spread of machinery and teams. .
Phase One and Team Force will pit their heavily modified Suzuki GSX-R1100s against each other in the Superbike class (up to 1986 full-on racers), while in Superstock (up to 1986, no engine tuning) Parts Europe and Allens Performance from the UK will match their Honda VFR750 RC24s against the Suzuki GSX-R750s of Suzuki Madrid and MD Factory Vulcanet of Belgium.
36 entries have been confirmed so far, from eight nations including France (18), Great Britain (6), Belgium (3), Germany (3), the Netherlands (2), Italy (2), Spain (1) and New Zealand (1).
Teams in the Superbike and Legend classes can run aftermarket frames and the entry list reads like a performance handling catalogue from the late seventies and early eighties. Expect to see chassis from P&M, Nikko Bakker, Harris, Godier-Genoud, Moto Martin, Segale and Doncque in action on the track. .
Machines from five different manufacturers are represented in the entry list, with a variety of models from each marque:
Suzuki GSX-R1100, Katana, GSX1100, GS1000R, GSX-R750 and GS750,
Kawasaki Gpz1100, Z1000J and variations,
Honda CB1100R, CB900, VFR750 and GL1000,
Yamaha FJ1200 and FJ1100,
...and a brace of Moto Guzzi Le Mans.
Competitors are grouped into four classes, with most spread between the Classic (up to 1981, original or modified original frames) and Legend (up to 1984, modified or aftermarket frames) classifications. The most notable entry by far is likely to be the Doncque Honda GL1000 entered by French squad GWCRT in the Legends class. Yes, a Honda Goldwing.
Words: Martin Gelder, Photos: Honda