Connor Downs amateur motorcylist Ben Harrison is busy making the final preparations for his second national racing campaign – and is appealing for sponsors to come forward and kickstart his bid for success.
Ben, who turns 23 this weekend is a member of the North Gloucestershire Racing Club and only took up racing two years ago. He recently completed his first season with the club in which he entered two championships, the Formula 400 and a secondary Newcomer Championship, held solely for new racers.
Despite being hampered by a lack of funding which meant he was only able to compete in five out of the 15 rounds, Ben finished 12th out of 47 riders in the Formula 400 and 11th out of 19 Newcomers.
“Due the to funding issues I was only able to enter five rounds, with a best finish of fourth place at Anglesey,” he said.
“Having to travel more than 300 miles for the closest races I have struggled all season to make the race meetings and afford the tyres and parts. I have been racing standard machinery with budget second hand parts against far quicker and more tuned bikes.
“However, despite this I have still beaten bikes and riders that are far more experienced, which was demonstrated in the last race of the season when I beat the recently crowned three times Formula 400 champion at Thruxton.”
Last year, Ben made an appeal for sponsorship which proved a great help and is again inviting potential supporters to come forward and offer their financial backing to help him achieve his ambitions, with the opening race in March fast approaching.
“I am not looking for huge sums of money to pay for me to race, I’m merely looking for support in the form of a set of tyres or brake pads, or some help towards entry fees, fuel or oil changes. Whether it be large or small, any support will help hugely.”
He added: “In return for your support I can offer advertising space on my bike and promotion through social media. I can link and share your name on my race page at www.facebook.com/BHRacing41 and recommend you to people.
“I travel all over Cornwall and the UK racing so the advertising will be widespread. At race meetings there are photographers who share their pictures online, further expanding the advertising coverage.
“I will also be taking the bike to local meetings and events to display it and promote my racing and anyone who is involved. I can offer the bike to be displayed at events between races, which is an eye-catching way to advertise.”
Anyone interested in helping Ben can contact him through his race page, by telephone 01736 757032 or 07805 646 411 or for further information about the club, visit the website www.ngroadracing.org