Scott Serves Notice at Phillip Island: 3rd-5th December 2010
19 year old Glenn Scott fired an early warning shot at last weekend’s Bel-Ray 6 Hour Australian Endurance Championship making his 2011 Supersport intentions very clear.
The 6 Hour event was a perfect addition to Glenn’s 2010 season with the event itself growing from small beginnings to an Australian Championship in just over 12 months. There can be no question about the venue, Phillip Island provided the perfect race track and the perfect setting. Held over 3 days the teams, riders and spectators were spoilt with glorious sunshine and temperatures around 30 degrees.
Glenn teamed up with the team manager, and multiple World Endurance Champion, Warwick Nowland for the 6 Hour race but the weekend did not start in the most fashionable way with the teams transport vehicle suffering a 20 hour trip through accidents, floods and a flat battery on its way from Sydney to Melbourne.
Friday’s troubles didn’t bother either rider as they took to the circuit for Saturday’s qualifying sessions. The 6 Hour race is open to 600cc and 1000cc motorcycles. 40 motorcycles would line up for Sunday’s race with 18 of them being 600cc motorcycles and after missing Fridays practice, the duo qualified in 11th position overall and 3rd fastest 600cc motorcycle.
Pre race activities included Lukey Luke, Australia’s most prominent stunt rider and just moments before Grand Prix legend Kevin Magee dropped the flag for the LeMans style start, actress and singer Briana Cowlishaw performed a warming rendition of the national anthem.
Both riders were a little nervous as Glenn, who was chosen to start the race, lined up for the sprint across the track at 10.30am. The nerves disappeared as the flag dropped and Glenn stormed off the line in 5th position. As expected, the bigger 1000cc bikes powered past Glenn on the straights and after 1 hour the yellow number 68 InsureMyRide machine settled into 9th position. With half race distance approaching, and whilst sitting in 7th position, Glenn broke down and was forced to push the bike back to the pit garage. A gear selection problem was found and the mechanics worked frantically to repair the fault. Warwick’s experience was needed to identify the problem and after just 2 more laps a decision was made to abandon the race. The decision was made not only due to the mechanical failure but on grounds of safety for Glenn, Warwick and the other competitors.
“It was a great weekend for us as a team. I’m never happy when something goes wrong but you must remember we are still a very “young” team, it was only our second race together. Everyone worked very hard as we had little time to prepare things before the race. A gearbox failure is not common these days but any form of sport presents problems and dealing with such problems is what will enable us to succeed. It was great to be a part of the 6 hour and to give InsureMyRide another strong prescence. I think our image was as strong as anyone in the paddock including the factory teams. Glenn rode the bike very well. There is nothing much to say about Glenn other than he has the ability to win World Championships. He is a great “product”. We have to work hard over the next 2 months and give him a good bike for the 2011 Australian Supersport Championship. I have no doubt he will then be able to win the Championship.”
Glenn’s performance over the weekend was very impressive. Reigning Australian Supersport Champion and Factory Suzuki rider, Troy Herfoss along with his title rival Christian Casella were both within Glenn’s reach throughout the weekend. What is even more impressive is that Glenn was riding a Superstock specification machine whilst Troy and Christian used the higher specification Supersport machines.
Glenn will now have a short break before testing starts in January.