TAS Racing

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TAS Racing
2014 name Tyco Suzuki
Base Moneymore, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Team principal/s Philip Neill
Race riders John Hopkins #21
Josh Waters #12
Taylor Mackenzie #77
Guy Martin #4
William Dunlop #6
Motorcycle Suzuki GSX-R1000
Suzuki GSX-R600
Tyres Pirelli
Riders' Championships none

TAS Racing (Temple Auto Salvage) is an International motorcycle road racing team based in Moneymore, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Owned by Hector Neill, with his son Philip Neill as the team manager, the team has been known under a series of names: TAS Suzuki (2000-2006); Relentless Suzuki (2007-2011) an energy drink product of Coca-Cola; Tyco Suzuki (2012-2014) a security services supplier. In late 2014, after a 15 year partnership with Suzuki, the team signed to become the road racing partner for BMW Motorrad.[1]

British Championship[edit]

In 2007, Michael Laverty and Ian Lowry rode for the Relentless Suzuki team in the British Supersport Championship. Laverty came out on top of a Relentless 1-2 in the championship, taking 6 wins to Lowry's 1.[2]

For 2008 the team stepped up to the full British Superbike Championship for the first time, with Laverty the sole rider. He finished 9th in a consistent season, just failing to make the podium on several occasions. Lowry continued in Supersport, taking 2 wins and 3 further podiums on his way to third in the series.[3]

Laverty departed for the AMA in 2009, allowing Lowry to move onto the superbike alongside Atsushi Watanabe. Lowry had a strong year, finishing fifth overall and narrowly missing out on the team's maiden podium a few times. Watanabe struggled for much of the year, amassing only 14 points and never breaking into the top ten. The team did not enter a Supersport bike for this year, but instead fielded a Superstock GSXR1000 for roads rider Alastair Seeley, who won the championship in dominant fashion. Seeley won the first 9 rounds, and took 3rd in the tenth before stepping up to the BSB class for the final 2 rounds.[4] Seeley will be joined by the returning Laverty in BSB for 2010.

In 2010, Laverty finished strongly, always finishing inside the top 10, including a maiden win for the team in a damp and difficult race 2 at Oulton Park. After Oulton Park, Laverty was fourth in the standings with 65 points after 3 rounds. Alastair Seeley has also been strong, only dropping out of the top 6 once, also getting a podium (3rd) and only narrowly missing out on another 3rd in Oulton Park. Alastair Seeley is currently fifth in the standings. Both are currently on to qualify for the 'Showdown'.

Road Racing[edit]

TAS Suzuki: 2000-2014[edit]

Relentless Suzuki bikes, ridden by Bruce Anstey

Adrian Archibald and Bruce Anstey rode for the team in 2007. After enjoying much success on the road racing scene as TAS Suzuki, the Relentless Suzuki team seemed to have started where they left off. At the North West 200, Bruce Anstey scored a hat-trick of race victories for Relentless, and at the TT he scored another win in the Superstock race.

For the 2008 season, the team have signed Australian rider Cameron Donald to ride in the International road races and one of the British Championship classes.

Philip Neill was extremely pleased with his signing, saying, "Cameron is a phenomenally talented rider with a good level of technical ability. He also has a great personality and PR skills to match, so obviously we are delighted to have him on board for 2008. My dad and I have actually had our eye on him for quite some time. He was unlucky to miss out on some international races this year due to injury, but he has all but dominated the national scene in Ireland for the past two years. His second place at the 2006 TT in the Senior race was very impressive, especially as he also recorded a lap of 128mph in only his second appearance in the Isle of Man."

At the 2008 Isle of Man TT Donald led Anstey home in a Relentless 1-2 in the Superbike race. Donald then won the Superstock race and Anstey the Supersport in another successful campaign. They were unable to repeat these results in 2009, Donald breaking the lap record in practice but then being forced to miss the races after injuring his back and shoulder and Anstey claiming a solitary second place in the second Supersport race after being plagued by reliability issues.

The 2009 North West 200 Races were more successful, Anstey claiming second places in the supersport and superbike races, with Donald placing fourth in the latter, and Seeley winning the superstock race.

The Isle of Man TT 2010 was almost a complete wash out for the relentless team with only one podium coming from Bruce Anstey on the Friday Senior TT race. Looking forward into 2011 Hector and the boys at Relentless have signed fast talking Lincolnshire lightning bolt Guy Martin to their road racing Team.... No other signing for 2011 season have been confirmed as yet.

TAS BMW Motorrad[edit]

In October 2014, the team confirmed a deal to move to BMW Motorrad supplied BMW S1000RR, retaining riders William Dunlop and Guy Martin.[1]

Riders[edit]

Year Riders Motorcycle
2002 David Jefferies, Ian Lougher Suzuki GSX-R1000
2003 Adrian Archibald Suzuki GSX-R1000
2004 Bruce Anstey, Adrian Archibald Suzuki GSX-R1000
2005 Bruce Anstey, Adrian Archibald Suzuki GSX-R1000
2006 Bruce Anstey, Adrian Archibald Suzuki GSX-R1000
2007 Bruce Anstey, Adrian Archibald Suzuki GSX-R1000
2008 Bruce Anstey, Cameron Donald Suzuki GSX-R1000
2009 Bruce Anstey, Cameron Donald Suzuki GSX-R1000
2010 Bruce Anstey, Cameron Donald Suzuki GSX-R1000
2011 Guy Martin, Guillame Dietrich Suzuki GSX-R1000
2012 Guy Martin, Conor Cummins Suzuki GSX-R1000
2013 Guy Martin, Conor Cummins Suzuki GSX-R1000
2014 Guy Martin, William Dunlop Suzuki GSX-R1000
2015 Guy Martin, William Dunlop BMW S1000RR

Statistics[edit]

Circuit Racing[edit]

British Superbike Championship[edit]

Year Rider 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pos Pts Ref
R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R3 R1 R2 R3 R1 R2 R3 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R3
2009 Ian Lowry BHI
13
BHI
19
OUL
7
OUL
6
DON
8
DON
6
THR
19
THR
8
SNE
5
SNE
7
KNO
6
KNO
Ret
MAL
8
MAL
20
BHGP
12
BHGP
12
BHGP
9
CAD
4
CAD
Ret
CRO
5
CRO
7
SIL
8
SIL
9
OUL
8
OUL
Ret
OUL
4
5th 170 [5]
Atsushi Watanabe BHI 17 BHI 21 OUL 14 OUL 12 DON 19 DON Ret THR 14 THR Ret SNE 18 SNE 16 KNO 14 KNO 15 MAL 14 MAL 19 BHGP 17 BHGP 15 BHGP 19 CAD 20 CAD 16 CRO 18 CRO 21 SIL 19 SIL Ret 27th 14
Alastair Seeley BHI BHI OUL OUL DON DON THR THR SNE SNE KNO KNO MAL MAL BHGP BHGP BHGP CAD CAD CRO CRO SIL
Ret
SIL
10
OUL
Ret
OUL
13
OUL
DNS
32nd 9
2010 Michael Laverty BHI
Ret
BHI
4
THR
10
THR
6
OUL
5
OUL
1
CAD
2
CAD
3
MAL
3
MAL
3
KNO
4
KNO
C
SNE
6
SNE
5
SNE
3
BHGP
6
BHGP
4
BHGP
Ret
CAD
4
CAD
4
CRO
2
CRO
1
SIL
3
SIL
Ret
OUL
4
OUL
8
OUL
4
4th 604 [6]
Alastair Seeley BHI
4
BHI
3
THR
12
THR
9
OUL
4
OUL
6
CAD
9
CAD
7
MAL
10
MAL
11
KNO
5
KNO
C
SNE
5
SNE
3
SNE
Ret
BHGP
1
BHGP
Ret
BHGP
Ret
CAD
8
CAD
9
CRO
Ret
CRO
15
SIL
6
SIL
4
OUL
15
OUL
5
OUL
7
6th 550 [7]
2011 Josh Brookes BHI
Ret
BHI
DNS
OUL
6
OUL
Ret
CRO
8
CRO
4
THR
9
THR
6
KNO
5
KNO
13
SNE
7
SNE
2
OUL
2
OUL
C
BHGP
1
BHGP
6
BHGP
Ret
CAD
DSQ
CAD
4
CAD
2
DON
6
DON
5
SIL
4
SIL
1
BHGP
2
BHGP
Ret
BHGP
6
5th 598 [8]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/northern-ireland/29777669
  2. ^ http://www.superbike-racing.co.uk/VitalStatistics/Statistics/2007.htm
  3. ^ http://www.superbike-racing.co.uk/VitalStatistics/Statistics/2008.htm
  4. ^ http://www.superbike-racing.co.uk/VitalStatistics/Statistics/2009.htm
  5. ^ "Round 12 - Standings: Oulton Park, 9–11 October 2009" (PDF). British Superbike Championship. MotorSport Vision. 2009-10-11. Retrieved 2010-04-14. 
  6. ^ http://www.britishsuperbike.com/media/164500/standings.pdf
  7. ^ http://www.britishsuperbike.com/media/2037688/standings.pdf
  8. ^ http://www.britishsuperbike.com/media/407432/standings.pdf