SWEAT­SHOP PHASE ONE, ECS MAXI CLAS­SIC

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Run by Rus­sell Ben­ney, Phase One was the fore­most Bri­tish pres­ence in en­durance rac­ing for three decades from the mid-1980s, win­ning world cham­pi­onships in 1993, 2000 and 2003. They won the Euro­pean Clas­sic Series in 2013 and 2015 and en­tered two equally-ranked teams at Don­ing­ton on 140bhp P&M 1230cc Suzukis. One was rid­den by Swedish former World En­durance Cham­pion and GP rider Peter Linden paired with former TT and BSB hero Ian Simp­son. The other pair­ing was South African Su­per­bike racer Mike Dick­in­son and former Hot­trax cham­pion Hugh Brasher, CEO of sports cloth­ing com­pany Sweat­shop. The race did not go well; Brasher and Dick­in­son were ly­ing sec­ond when the en­gine blew, then after the other ma­chine (which had had an overnight en­gine change) moved up to sec­ond, it pulled up after 3½ hours, smok­ing and rat­tling.

ABOVE: De­spite vast ex­pe­ri­ence, both Phase One teams failed to fin­ish

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