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Classes 2017

 

Listed Below are our Classes for 2017 to help you decide exactly where your bike fits in, be it a Honda GP125, Kawasaki ZXR400, a Honda Hornet, a Suzuki SV650 or a fire breathing Superbike. Whatever modern type of bike you've got, we've probably got a class that you can compete successfully in!

 

This is just a brief description, for full details please visit Technical Specs in the Document Centre

 

1) THUNDERSPORT GP1 ELITE
This is a truly Open Class for large capacity machines up to 1300cc swept volume and the Norton Rotary (nominally 699cc). Minimum weights at post race controls are 125kg for 4-stroke machines and 95kg for 2-stroke machines. Tyre choice and rim sizes are free at all times.
Rider Eligibility = Any GP1 rider not eligible for one of the sub-classes below. This is the Premier GP1 class.


2) THUNDERSPORT GP1 SPORTSMAN
Technical specification as GP1 Elite.
Rider Eligibilty = Open to Intermediate-Novice, Clubman or newly qualified National Licence holders who have never competed in a British, European or World Championship event. Sportsman riders also score points in the main GP1 Elite championship**


3) THUNDERSPORT GP1 FRESHMAN
Technical specification as GP1 Elite.
Rider Eligibilty = Open to Intermediate-Novice licence holders or certain newly qualified Clubman Licence holders who are yet to score a top 50% race finish and did not hold a race licence prior to 1st January 2016**


4) THUNDERSPORT 600 ELITE
To ACU Formula 600 specifications with any road legal tyre allowed. Full wets are also permitted when a “Wet Race” has been declared.
Rider Eligibilty = Any 600cc rider not eligible for one of the sub-classes below. This is the Premier 600 class.


5) THUNDERSPORT 600 SPORTSMAN
To ACU Formula 600 specifications with any road legal tyre allowed. Full wets are also permitted when a “Wet Race” has been declared.
Rider Eligibilty = Open to Clubman licence holders or newly qualified National Licence holders who have never competed in a British, European or World Championship event. Sportsman riders also score points in the main 600 Elite championship**


6) PRE-NATIONAL SPORT 600
To ACU Formula 600 specifications with any road legal tyre allowed. Full wets are also permitted when a “Wet Race” has been declared.
Rider Eligibilty = Open to Clubman licence holders who have never competed in a British, European or World Championship event**


7) THUNDERSPORT 600 FRESHMAN
To ACU Formula 600 specifications with any road legal tyre allowed. Full wets are also permitted when a “Wet Race” has been declared.
Rider Eligibilty = Open to Novice or Intermediate-Novice licence holders who did not hold a race licence prior to 1st January 2016**


8) GOLDEN ERA SUPERBIKE
Superbikes of the classic era (designed and produced between 1985-2000 homologation years) 750cc 4-cylinder and 1000cc twin cylinder models as in the period. A list of eligible models can be found within the Technical Regulation documents.


9) THUNDERSPORT SUPERTEENS
A class for Junior riders from 12 - 19 years of age competing on any production based machine with a 12 or 13 year old novice permission. This includes all Aprilia RS125 production machines, KTM RC390, Kawasaki 250 or 300 Ninja, Yamaha 3, Cagiva Mito 125, Yamaha TZR125, Suzuki Inazuma 250, Metrakit 80 (on treaded tyres), Aprilia RRV450R 4-stroke machine (specifically as restricted to 32bhp by IN Competition which will retain a sealed ECU and throttle body restrictors as fitted by IN Competition) and any other machine not yet produced that is eligible for a novice to ride at 13yrs old under ACU regulations.


10) GOLDEN ERA SUPERSPORT
A class for 600cc 4-cylinder and 750cc 2 cylinder Supersport machines designed and commencing production before 1st January 2000. A full list of eligible machines is contained in the technical specifications. The tyre regulations are as per Formula 600. List of eligible models can be found within the Technical Regulation documents.


11) GOLDEN ERA STEELSPORT
A class for Supersport machines designed and commencing production before 1st January 2000 and having a mild steel beam or trellis frame as standard. The tyre regulations are as per Formula 600. List of eligible models can be found within the Technical Regulation documents.


12) SUPERTWINS(650) - STOCKTWINS(650) & APRILIA RRV450GP
Middleweight machines based on production bikes in the following capacities:
800cc 1 cylinder, 650cc 2 cylinder and 550cc 3 cylinder 4-stroke machines plus up to 400cc 2-stroke production based machines. The frame, engine and swing-arm must come from the same homologated model but all other modifications are allowed. Road Legal Treaded Tyres or Full Wets are permitted. The RRV450GP class is for the Aprilia RRV450GP as supplied by IN Competition. Dunlop control tyres in both wet and dry patterns (control tyres apply to Aprilia RRV450GP Cup class only) and series decals must be adhered to.


13) THUNDERSPORT 500
A series for near standard 500cc 4-stroke parallel twins (Honda CB500, Suzuki GS500 & Kawasaki ER5) within a strictly controlled formula.
Dunlop control tyres in both wet and dry patterns ensure a level playing field. This class also has a Thundersport500 Seniors category, open to riders aged 40 years or more on 1st March 2017 and a Thundersport500 Freshman category for complete novices.


14) THUNDERSPORT GP1 CLASSIC
A class for large capacity sportsbikes predominantly from the pre-2000 era including the 1998-2001 Yamaha R1, Suzuki GSXR750 K1 - K3 Ducati 998, Kawasaki ZX9R and the Honda Fireblades prior to the advent of the 1000cc model. A more extensive list of eligible models can be found within the Technical Regulation documents.

 

(2018-TBA) GP3 JUNIORS

Eligible Machines: Honda NSF250 “Standard” Moto3 machines. Moriwaki MD250H machines. All 125cc GP machines.
(NOTE: Full Blown Moto-3 Specification machines are not permitted.)

Any tyres may be used including Full Wet Tyres. Minimum weight for all machines is 69kg half wet.

 

** Rider Eligibilty:

Special dispensation may be given to riders with a racing history maybe not quite matching the exact laid down criteria, but who are wishing to enter this class because of exceptional circumstances. This will be considered on a case by case basis at the sole discretion of  the ThundersportGB Chief Executive Officer, whose decision is final.

 

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