About

Racing CV

Having ridden on trackdays for 12 years, Peter gained his ACU license in 2013 to allow him to compete in a couple of solo races and the Donington round of the No Limits Endurance series.

 

Following this brief taster, Peter committed to the full NLR Newcomers 1000 series of races for 2014, competing in all 8 rounds with two non-starts and two DNFs out of 32 races. He was one of the three-man team to come 3rd in the Novice 1000 Endurance race at Silverstone and was 18th overall in Newcomers for the year.  

 

For 2015, Peter moved to the No Limits Cup 1000 class and finished every race in the calendar, ending up 9th in the championship at first attempt.

 

Team Travis, of which Peter is half, also had significant sucess in 2015 taking a 2nd and 3rd place.

2016 was a write-off due to an early injury, now fully healed. 

Rider Profile

Brands Hatch (Paddock Hill) with No Limits Racing, competing in the 1000cc Newcomers, June 2014. 

When and why did you get into bikes?

My earliest memory of being interested in bikes was when I was 10 years old - my Primary School library got an encyclopedia of Motorcycles and I was fascinated! Having said that, growing up in Portrush, Northern Ireland where the NW200 passes through every year, bikes are hard to ignore. 

 

I was banned from having anything to do with bikes throughout my teens which only served to make me more determined to have one. 

 

I started with a crapped-out dirt bike followed by a SuperDream and eventually to an S1000rr via a mix of big twin superbikes and enduro bikes. I have had TLR, GSXR, RSVR, 950SM and S1000rr track bikes. 

Why start racing now?

I was previously not confident in my ability as well as being daunted by the perceived complexity of racing.

 

A friend taking up racing in Ireland convinced me it wasn't as complicated as I imagined, and my Trackday Organiser started a novice-friendly series in 2013.

 

I also realised that by racing at weekends, I could get more biking in than using my annual leave to do trackdays during the week! 

What have you learned after a first full season?

One thing is that I am not the slowest out there  - in fact I am convinced I have the potential to do well.

 

Secondly, fitness comes into play more in racing - a 20 minute race is a very different affair to a 20 minute trackday session.

 

Third, it can cost as much as you want it to.

 

Fourth is that it is by far and away the most effective way to raise your game.  

 

What have you done to improve your performance for next year?

I am training with a trainer three times a week and have a fairly strict healthy eating regime, plus taking a trip to Cartagena in February for some pre-season testing.

Why race a BMW?

It's what I had!

 

In all seriousness, the bike is superb. As fast as anything out there and it handles well enough that it can do anything I would ask of it. I struggle to fault it - it has even crashed well. 

 

If I decide to change bikes, it will be to a 2015 BMW. 

Where did the bike colours come from?

Inspired by a personal hero, Joey Dunlop. The colour scheme mimics the helmet design Joey used throughout his career. 

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