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Date: 03rd August 07
Headline: Psycleworkz works!
Whilst on our frequent visits to race and custom fabricators Psycleworkz to collect various modified pistons, wheels and assorted race parts that put the King Racing Top Fuel Bike on it's way to recent European Record setting performance, we espied a trick cylinder block under construction for a PSB application. Rather than the traditional steel liner setup this block utilises a Nikasil bore hence the need for a tricky machining of aluminium bores in place of the liners:-
Date: 03rd August 07
Headline: Karling unveils
One of the highlights of the recent Veidec festival was the public debut of Swedish Supertwin rider Charley Karling's fantastic new blown Nitro V Twin.
Featuring the latest and greatest products from Uddenholm Steel in it's manufacture the bike was not quite ready to race but should hit the track in anger in the next few weeks.
Date: 03rd August 07
Headline: OPEN SPORT NATIONALS UPDATE
Racers planning on entering the forthcoming Open Sport Nationals at Shakespeare County Raceway at the end of the month are reminded that it is still not to late to make an entry for the 5th round of the UK National Championship, writes Julie Willcox.
All entries received so far racers will be receiving their tickets/passes and final instructions in the post next week. Any entry received after the 20th August will be automatically left on the gate. Racers are also reminded that entry into the race track will not be possible until after 12 midday Friday 24th where you will be shown to your respective pit space. A pit plan will be published in the week leading up to the event. All enquiries should now be directed to the track office on 01789 720180 or 07050 108043 and by the following e-mail addresses; firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Shakespeare County Raceways Marketing Manager Jerry Cookson has been in touch to let us know about sponsorship opportunities for class winners and runners up trophies at the forthcoming Open Sport Nationals later this month.
"If anyone wishes to get there company name across to the fans and general public alike we can provide a very cost effective way of doing this," says Jerry. "For a small outlay, £25 will buy you two class trophies of your choice with winners and runners up plaque's engraved with your name together with three days worth of PA advertising and a spot in the event programme. Everyone from corporate companies, race shops, magazines and even web sites are welcome to participate."
To register your companies involvement with the Open Sport Nationals, call Jerry at the track office or by e-mail; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shakespeare County Raceway
Marketing/Promotions & Track Management
MSA Media Panel Member
Mobile: 07901 796674
Track: 01789 720180
Date: 02nd August 07
Headline: London Motorshow opportunity
Girlracer is pleased to announce that we will now be guests in the forthcoming London Motorsport Show on 8/9th December 2007. We will have two areas adjacent to one another at this event; our stand/chill out area for guests and visitors to meet and chat to drivers etc, and the other area will be for drivers to display their race cars and teams.
I am sure you will agree that this is a superb opportunity to enhance public relations and advertising portfolios.
If you would like to display a car or be part of this area in any way, please contact Gary Wood @ email@example.com.
Tel 07802 513932 firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: 02nd August 07
Headline: Ellis Maintains in Sonoma
It's now been a full year since Chip Ellis scored his last NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle win on the DRAG Specialties/S&S powered Buell at Infineon Raceway. Chip and the G2 Motorsports team were looking to repeat that feat at the Sonoma, California track, which always features strong motorcycle performances. While they didn't take the win this time, and didn't rotate the earth with a new class record, the team did hold steady in their standings for the NHRA's Countdown to the Championship.
The first round of qualifying showed the whole field performing slower than expected, with Ellis running the third quickest time of the round. "The first run is always kind of a guess," said Ellis. "It was also in the heat of the day, and I think the weather was tricking people a little bit."
qualifying round 1
3rd Chip Ellis right lane 7.023 at 186.90 mph
Performances picked up for Chip and the rest of the field in Q2, and 6 second passes became the standard for the rest of the weekend.
qualifying round 2
4th Chip Ellis left lane 6.986 at 189.20 mph
qualifying round 3
5th Chip Ellis right lane 6.974 at 188.23 mph
qualifying round 4
4th Chip Ellis left lane 6.952 at 190.81 mph
eliminations round 1
(W) Chip Ellis .058 6.954 at 191.00 mph
Mike Berry .027 7.064 at 187.73 mph
Round 2 featured a match-up between Ellis and Peggy Llewellyn. Peggy rides the Karl Klement Racing Buell, tuned by Shane Maloney and G2 co-owner George Bryce. This time, the round win went to Llewellyn's team.
eliminations round 2
(W) Peggy Llewellyn .025 6.970 at 190.59 mph
Chip Ellis .091 7.008 at 189.68 mph
"I hate to keep talking about the screw-ups I make with the tune-up," said George Smith, the G2 Motorsports president and crew chief on Ellis's bike. "In Denver I went too soft with the clutch, but here against Peggy I had the clutch too tight. We bogged the motor more than we should ever let happen. It cost us in reaction time, but it ran a decent 60 foot (1.07 to Llewellyn's 1.053). All I can say is that I'll keep learning."
"We just missed the tune-up," said Ellis. "We all agreed on it and thought it was the best thing to do, but we were all wrong. We win as a team and lose as a team, we're just tired of losing. This is Big George's first year, and I think every event he's learning what to do and what not to do. I think come crunch time, we're gonna have it all figured out."
"We need more power," said Smith. "When we make those good runs, we're right on the edge and we're still a few hundredths behind the leaders. Chip and Ken Johnson are actually driving back to the G2 shop in Americus to spend a couple of days improving things before going to Brainerd. I'm going to Americus to attend a business meeting and check progress on our R&D projects. We hope we can incorporate some of those efforts for Brainerd, or Reading for sure."
Former G2 team member Matt Smith went on to win the Sonoma event on his Torco Race Fuels S&S powered Buell. Smith is having a fabulous, almost dominant, season. "What can I say about Matt other than he's doing a great job tuning and riding," said Smith. "We were at times pleased, but at other times we were not happy with our own performance. The good news is we qualified well and maintained our position with two races left before the countdown. We're gonna keep after it and break through. We've gotta keep after it, because sooner or later we're gonna catch a break and win a few rounds. You have to make your own breaks, but we haven't caught any. We haven't gotten the job done, and after a while it eats at you."
"With Craig Treble going out in the second round, and Chris Rivas in round 1, we pretty well maintained our points position," said Ellis. "It's gonna be a battle from here on out. People gotta step up, including us. We've gotta quit missing the tune-up, and I've gotta quit messing up my lights."
"We're looking forward to Brainerd," finished Smith. "We have Mike Carley from Carley Foundry in Minnesota coming out to the track, so we're looking forward to having him around."
Ellis and the G2 team race next at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, August 9-12, Brainerd Int'l Raceway, Brainerd, Minnesota.
G2 Motorsports Sponsors
Everyone at G2 thanks DRAG Specialties http://www.dragspecialties.com, S&S Cycle http://www.sscycle.com, Doc's Harley-Davidson of St. Louis http://www.docsharleydavidson.com, MAC Tools http://www.mactools.com, Gates Corporation http://www.gates.com, Itelligence, Inc. http://www.itelligencegroup.com, Mazak Corporation http://www.mazakusa.com, RK Racing Chain http://www.rkexcelamerica.com, SAP http://www.sap.com, Andrews Products http://www.andrewsproducts.com, Vanson Leathers http://www.vansonleathers.com, and Carley Foundry Aluminum Castings http://www.carleyfoundry.com.
G Squared Motorsports can be seen on the web at http://www.g2motorsports.net
NHRA/POWERade Point Standings
5th Chip Ellis 518
Ringers Gloves Pro Bike Battle
4th Chip Ellis 1850
Full Throttle NHRA Pit Crew Championship Point Standings
3rd Chip Ellis/George Smith/Ken Johnson 248
G2 Motorsports History
Named for the two George's, George Bryce & George Smith, G2 Motorsports was initially formed in 2003 as a collaborative effort between the pair to field an S&S Cycle powered V-Twin NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle. The company has since evolved into the development of late-model hot rod V-Twins for both the street and strip. G2 Motorsports also stocks a full line of S&S Cycle engines and support parts for drag racing enthusiasts, as well as for other motorcyclists, dealers and distributors. The G2 Motorsports web site (www.g2motorsports.net) is continually updated with the latest race press releases, photos, engines in stock and information on complete turnkey motorcycles.
Jackie Bryce at G2 Motorsports (229) 924-0031
this team report was prepared by Tim Hailey, www.eatmyink.com
photo by Matt Polito, www.dragbikephotos.com
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