Rider roars to runner-up spot in team’s second term

Dan Mackay.
Dan Mackay.

Northumberland-based motorcycle team KCW Racing have completed their second season of competition – with one of their riders finishing second in the title race.

The team, formed in 2011 by Karne Conning and Colin ‘Sal’ Wintrip, contested the Melville Motor Club and North East Motorcycle Racing Club F125 Championship that year with rider Jonny Wintrip from Amble.

Jonny Wintrip

Jonny Wintrip

Alongside 15-year-old Jonny, KCW also recruited two new riders for the 2012 season – Jonny’s older brother, Gav Wintrip, 25, from Amble, and 26-year-old Dan Mackay from Hadston.

For the 2012 campaign Jonny continued in the F125 Championship while the two new riders contested the PI 600 Championship.

For Gav, it was his first year racing, while Dan, a former double North East Champion and National Championship competitor, was making his return to racing after three years out.

Gav finished the season in joint 16th having scored points in just about every race he finished, including a best result of 10th.

Dan finished second in the title race, having lead the championship from the start of the season all the way through until the final round where a crash and a mechanical failure cost him dearly.

But he was pleased with his performance this season, having picked up two wins and podium finishes along the way.

He said: “To have led the championship for so long only to lose it at the last round was a bit gutting. But looking back I’d wanted to be in the top 10 so to have won a couple of races and get a few podiums was so much more than I expected.”

Both riders far surpassed their own and the team’s expectations, and the pair have paid tribute to the team.

Jonny had a turbulent season plagued by mechanical faults but despite the set backs he has managed to secure podium finishes in his competition.

He missed out on a chance to fight for third in the championship due to an engine seizure in the run-up to the meeting.

Next year, Dan and Gav will contest the PI600 championship while Jonny will take part in the F125 class with hopefully a few wildcards for him in the 400 or 600 classes depending on sponsorship.

All riders will hopefully make the move up to the Scottish Championship which will be shown on Motors TV.

KCW have thanked the sponsors: Alnwick Tyres, AC Joinery Amble Ltd, Radcliffe Club, Amble Skips, Wayman Motors, Proto Leathers, Bad & Dirty Customs, Dan’s Stick on Signs and N&F Young.

Thanks have also been given to www.tracksidepics.com and www.photo-maxxx.com for supplying photographs.

KCW are always looking for sponsorship, which offers advertising opportunities such as TC coverage and vehicle advertising.

To get involved, to find out about the team and to follow the team’s progress, visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/kcwracing