PHOENIX RACE DAZE COMPETITION
May 18 2004. To continue with the promotion of a highly successful December trade event held at Phoenix Head Offices, dealers who attended were invited to submit a driver to participate in a Go Karting championship, entitled Phoenix Race Daze, which took place on Wednesday 5th May at the International Daytona circuit in Milton Keynes.

Fifteen dealer teams competed against an all-star cast which included Jeremy McWilliams, Leon and Ron Haslam, Steve Parrish, John Reynolds, Rizla Team Boss Paul Denning, Scott Smart and Michael Laverty. Teams of journalists from Motorcycle News, Superbike, Ride, and Fast Bikes completed the line up.

Practice was a wet slippery affair with competitors sliding off on every corner. Pole position was awarded to Jeremy McWilliams who took the fastest lap of the session obviously benefiting from the experience of a wet MotoGP race in Jerez the weekend before!

The weather brightened up for the first of the two endurance style races and a highly competitive competition took place over the next three hours with some devious team tactics.

One well known ex racer/TV commentator was convinced that dropping soapy water on a bad bend would help his fellow drivers take the corners more easily. This was followed by some wild gesticulating to let them know they all had punctures!! Some serious pushing (which we are reliably informed was competitive driving) from one team boss led to a real battle as he tried to take out Phoenix Salesman Dave Brewin.

Two of the fastest guys on the track were Ron and Leon Haslam who claimed to have never set foot in a go kart before but were soon showing the rest how it was done.

After two fast and furious and often hilarious sessions, the event was finally won by Race Team One who consisted of Scott Smart, Michael Laverty and Tracy Martin and Guillaume Hide from Alf's Motorcycles in Worthing. Second place went to Race Team Two, Leon and Ron Haslam, Jeremy McWilliams and Oli Stringer. Finishing third were the Rizla Suzuki team of JR, Paul Denning, Martyn James, ably assisted by Steve Parrish. Fastest lap of the day was awarded to Jeremy McWilliams, fastest mag of the day was MCN who finished in fifth place. The winners each took home £100 prize money, bottle of champagne and superb trophies.

The event was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended and will now become an annual fixture on the Phoenix calendar.