It is totally bizarre but the 2016/17 season has already begun and we are 16th! Obviously this is completely non-sensical and makes it almost impossible to maintain any rider continuity but we are in a development year with the new model GSX-R1000 Suzuki arriving right in the middle of what is now mid-season so I think we would have always been looking for single race results rather than looking at the championship. For more direct news from the team see the R2CL website.
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The first year was disapointing with a DNF at Oschersleben, only 2 points at Suzuka after a crash and early crashes in the two 24 hour races costing us lots of the bizarre bonus points that were introduced for 2014. It seems quite bizarre to me to reward failure to finish two 24hour races with up to 40 points (more than you can get for winning an 8 hour race!) - not to mention being competely contrary to the spirit of Endurance. 2015 was even worse with DNFs in both 24 hour races, a poor race at Oschersleben due to Vladimir Leonov not turning up and just outside the points at Suzuka. But for 2016 things improved on track and despite being totally financially shafted by the organisation shake up to the extent that we were unable to contest 25% of the races we still finished 9th in the championship due to a fabulous 4th place at Le Mans and 2nd of the EWC teams at Suzuka!
For those wondering what R2CL means errdersayel does not cunningly make up a French word, it is just the initials of the first names of the 4 most important people involved in founding the team, the R being for Raph, the team manager. One of the two C's is Cyril. Or is it 2 R's? L=Louis.
Page updated on 15 November 2016