THE MAN BEHIND THE MAGIC
Mark Neate should be a familiar face if you’re into your trackdays, but the CEO of No Limits should also be noted for his efforts to establish a credible endurance scene here in the UK. We fired a few questions his way…
Why introduce an endurance series?
We always wanted to get into racing, but we just thought we’d stick to what we know best: trackdays. But then MSV approached us and said they had kicked off an endurance series and wondered whether we’d take it on and run it for them. That was five years ago. It was a simple one day formula, where people would just turn up, race and head home. We did five meetings that first year and we made the decision that we either do things properly, or not at all.
We decided to go all out and we’ve never looked back. In that first year there were sometimes fewer than 20 teams competing, whereas nowadays we can see over 60 teams at any one of our endurance meetings, with well in excess of 100 riders competing. It’s been a huge success for us, and that’s down to the passion of those who race with us, and the team that works so hard to pull these gigs off.
Who’s endurance aimed at?
You’ve got your hardcore National level racers at the front, but there’s also a large part of the grid that’s made up of less experienced riders who’re making the transition from trackdays into racing. I think that’s why the series has proven so successful for us.
As a trackday company, we know that some of our customers are a little daunted at the thought of doing sprint racing, but the flow of an endurance race is so less pressured. It’s a much more strategical experience that can be won or lost over the course of many hours, rather than a few handfuls of laps. It’s also much more of a team event. It’s not too serious, and newbie racers really like that. It works for everyone.