Binch Racing are back with a bang after lockdowns
Mansfield-based motorcycle race team Binch Racing are back with a bang after the frustration of the coronavirus lockdowns.
Former semi-professional rider Dave Binch runs the show with many of his team living and working in the Mansfield area.
They compete in the British Superbike Championship in the Stock 600 (Pirelli National Junior Superstock) class, currently running with Oxford-based Zak Corderoy, who is currently fourth in the championship and very much in the mix, as well as entering the famous Isle of Mann TT races.
“Covid hasn't dented our enthusiasm although we did have to operate and manage budgets differently to ensure everyone stayed safe,” said Dave.
“Last year really slowed the racing down with half the season being cancelled, the races were operating without spectators, behind closed doors with our events only being shown on TV.
“Throughout 2021 things have gradually opened up and it's great to get the crowds back at the circuits watching and supporting.
“There is definitely some pent-up excitement now spectators are allowed back in. I think 2022 will be even bigger.”
Dave had retired from the sport but in 2015 found himself back at the Isle of Mann TTs where he followed his 150mph burn round the circuit by running the full 37.8-miles on foot to raise money for charity.
Since then he has launched Binch Racing and they have become a firm fixture in the town.
“Some of our key supporters, workers, volunteers, and backers like Vaughandale Construction (Mansfield) & Tyler Bros Engineering (Kirkby) are very much part of the local community,” he said.
“Our team exists with many levels of support from our sponsorship partners such as Vaughandale through to technical support from West Notts College.
He added: “Many of our supporters and backers love the opportunity to come and be with us in the BSB paddock and enjoy our hospitality packages. Getting really close to the racing action really does resonate with people.
“Other partners prefer to support from a distance but enjoy the promotional benefits from media exposure.
“The core team of eight people run the team via a mix of volunteers and part time support staff.
“Our staff are mainly from the Mansfield area with the exception of our rider Zak, 22, who is from Oxfordshire and very much one of the talents to watch for the future.
“We are very lucky to have him. I think he likes the East Midlands warmth he gets now he's part of the team, though we are working on changing his Southern accent!”
Dave is now hoping they can add the TT races back on their calendar next year,
“Covid has caused the cancellation of the Classic TT in the Isle of Man for two years which is very frustrating for us as our race bikes have been sat dormant ready to go,” he said.
“However, I've already been in touch with the TT 2022 organisers and the Isle of Man events are looking very positive to go ahead next year ,so we are already planning to be back over there in good style.
“Anyone wishing to get involved please do get in touch.”
The team's social media links are @binchracing & @binch_racing