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Busy but successful weekend for McBride

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James McBride from Kettering had productive weekend (15th-18th September) of testing and then racing with TANC Racing Endurance team, finishing in third place at Oulton Park Hottrax Endurance race.
The on track action started in Almeria where he tested the PB Racing BMW in readiness for the Macau GP, which will take place on the 19th November on the Guia street circuit.
He racked up 47 laps in five sessions on Friday getting used to the Michelin slicks which worked extremely well. He gradually reduced his lap time to 1min 44secs, a personal best for the well-known road racer.
McBride made a mad dash back to the UK to compete in the Hottrax Endurance event on the ex-Riba MSS ZX600R. As well as finishing with a podium position the fast Kettering man also took the fastest 600 lap of the race in the soaking wet conditions, fending off others on larger machinery.
Team-mate Chris Mason is now in a comfortable second place in the National 1000 Championship with the help of James with just one event to go at the end of October at Snetterton 300. McBride needs to borrow a bike again for this as the BMW will be en-route to Hong Kong, and the 600 would be punished at the uber-fast two-mile race circuit.
McBride said: “It has been busy but very worthwhile. The BMW is working well and I can’t wait to take it to Macau and try for another top ten finish. As for the endurance event, it was great fun and once again we took the fight to the big boys! I’ve got to thank Jez Murray for the use of the ZX6R at Oulton, it performed brilliantly. I also need to thank Pete Bleackley for the BMW for Macau, it’s going to be a great event and I now can’t wait to get out there.”
Thanks also to Michelin tyres, Spidi UK, GB Racing, Jez Murray and PBMotorsport.
The 58th Macau Grand Prix will take place on the 17th-20th November for further information visit.
If anyone can help McBride with a bike for the Snetterton 300 Endurance please contact him on 07917 175963.

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