Blundell turns to two wheels for winter thrill.
November 18th 2002.../Mark Blundell, former Formula 1 driver and current MG Sport & Racing driver and Ambassador, has taken on a new racing challenge this winter, competing in the Brands Hatch round of the British Winter Supermoto Championship. Hot on the heels of debuting in the Network Q Rally of Great Britain, Blundell is trying out another new sport, choosing the Supermoto Series to put his motorcycle skills to the test. Jack Lilley Racing and CCM have kindly provided Blundell with the 640cc single cylinder CCM Supermoto bike and team support that he needs and will be preparing him for his race on December 8th with an intensive test session to reacquaint him with the challenges of bike racing on and off-road.
Blundell is no stranger to motorcycle racing, having been Motocross Champion at the tender age of 16. Swopping two wheels for four Blundell climbed the motor racing ladder to Formula 1 and CART and hasn't returned to two wheel racing until now. "As a youngster, I enjoyed my motocross career and have always loved riding motorbikes, so when I was offered this opportunity I jumped at the chance to get back out on track on two wheels. Having competed in the Rally GB with my great little MG ZR, I'm used to slipping and sliding in mud, although I hope I don't end up covered in the stuff next month."
"The Supermoto format of combining motocross style off-road racing with the tarmac on-track element really appeals to me. It's got an extreme element with the mud, dirt tracks, peaks and troughs providing the thrills, but also has the technical side with the track racing needing precision and strategy. Supermoto is big in the States and is rapidly gaining in popularity in Europe. It's been described as rally cross for bikes, so it should produce lots of stunning action and be a great spectacle for the fans. As I've now done rallycross in a car, I just have to have a go on a bike!"
The British Winter Supermoto Championship held its opening round at Lydden Hill and moves on to Cadwell Park on 24 November, prior to the Brands Hatch event on 8 December. There will be 24 races per day, with 24 starters per race -- ensuring maximum action and packed grids.