An Amble-based motorcycle racing team has secured the services of its talented 22-year-old rider who narrowly missed out on title-winning glory last season.
Banks Racing boss Pete Banks has re-signed Ed Rendell – his 125cc competitor for the 2014 Monster Energy British Motostar Championship.
The competition runs alongside the British Superbike Championship, with races held in England, Scotland and Assen, the home of the Dutch TT in the Netherlands.
Rendell, 22, of Chelmsford, is aiming to build on his runners-up spot in last year’s Motostar Championship.
However, the team is appealing for financial support to help it run a Moto3, after costs have soared.
Pete, who is helped by son Steven, said: “We have the major backing in place towards a Moto3 bike but we need a little more and would love to hear from anyone who could help us make the switchover to the four-stroke Moto3 class that is replacing the 125cc class.
“We are in a strong position to acquire the Championship-winning Honda Moto3 bike but just need a little more help to allow the deal to go ahead and we have until late January to raise the extra funds.
“We had a great year, largely due to local people who helped the team in 2013. With a few more sponsors we can make the important one-off machinery switch to the Moto3 GP class which will ensure the team’s future in years to come.”
Call Pete on 07762 428210.