A Season of Ups and Downs for RAFMSA Rider
SAC David Blakey of 3 MC Sqn, reflects on the 2014 racing season as the team prepares for 2015.
The famous Brands Hatch circuit was the first outing of the 2014 season. Although I struggled all weekend with the pace of some of the racers I learnt a lot.
I was offered the chance to become Team Captain for the RAFMSA riders that run in the Thundersport GB Club Championship. I saw it as an opportunity to help the team, and get the RAF name in the racing paddock. I also managed to persuade the companies Hel Performance and Silkolene to sponsor the team.
Despite struggling with the bike’s set up for the first few rounds of the championship, something clicked at Rockingham. I missed the next round at Anglesey due to work commitments, but turned up for Donington Park, my confidence still high, and came away with two thirds and a second place trophy – the first of my racing career.
The RAF Festival of Motorsport at RAF Barkston Heath presented a challenge in itself as the track had not been used for bikes before. Even though it wasn’t a ‘race’ between the cars and bike riders, we were delighted that the bikes went quicker than the majority of the cars.
The final meet of the season was held at Mallory Park where the squad was aiming to win the Combined Military Championship; we were trailing behind the Army by 18 points. Everyone was going strong on the Saturday securing good points, but on Sunday three riders, including myself, crashed on our first race in the morning. Two of us made it back out in the afternoon after repairing our bikes.
It was a good weekend but we came second to the Army by just four points, however I was more than happy with the teams’ effort and performance throughout the 2014 race season.
Since March we have been doing it all over again with a few new riders joining us for the 2015 race season.
I would like to thank everyone that has supported us throughout the season, RAFMSA, RAF Sports Lottery, Hel, Silkolene, family and friends, and Cpl Ian Boldy for being team photographer.
* If anyone is interested in joining the RAFMSA road racing team then please contact SAC Dave Blakey at RAF Wittering on 01780 783838 Extension 6309.