Terence William Rymer (born 28 February 1967) is an English former professional motorcycle road racer turned car and truck racer. Rymer won over 200 races in 20 years of competition during his motorcycle and car racing career.
Motorcycle racing career
Born in London, England, he won both BMCRC 250cc and 350cc Production Championships and also the KRC 250-350 Production Championships in 1985. Rymer also won the Marlboro Clubmans final round at the Silverstone Circuit which was the best of the cream of the fastest club racers in the UK in the final round. He turned semi-professional in 1987 winning British National races, 1988 saw him turning professional, racing in International events globally.
In 1989, he won his first Superbike World Championship race in New Zealand, the first ever British rider to win at a World Superbike event and came runner up in the British Formula TT Championship. In 1990 he won the British Superbike Championship, as well as winning the 1992 FIM Endurance World Championship, the 1993 European Superbike Championship and the 1999 Endurance World Championship once more. He was a regular although only completing two full-time seasons in the Superbike World Championship every year from 1988 to 1994 with 2 wins, 9 further podiums, and a championship best of 6th in 1991.
Rymer raced the prestigious Suzuka 8 Hours race in Japan four times with a best result of 2nd place with teammate Scott Russell in 1994 , this was and is to this date the closest ever first to second finish in the 8 hour races history. He rode a privateer Harris-Yamaha at the 1992 British motorcycle Grand Prix and placed 6th. He made a handful of 500cc Grand Prix starts for the Suzuki factory in 1996. Subsequently, he returned to the British Superbike championship with some success - five race wins in 1996 with a Ducati, and one in 1998 for Suzuki. He won the prestigious Bol d'Or race five times, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and Spa 24 Hour motorcycle race twice.
Rymer retired from motorcycle racing aged 32 in 1999 after winning the Endurance World Championship for the second time and, embarked on a car and truck racing career spanning a further three years. He raced Porsche GT cars and a MAN truck winning 7 races and gaining many podium places in Britain and Europe, he also competed at the 12 Hours of Sebring race in Florida USA. Terry still has involvement with motorcycle racing and has managed a number of professional riders, he also can be heard commentating motorcycle racing on Eurosport and seen at Circuits in throughout the UK and Europe racing for fun and Instructing at track days.
- Terry Rymer career World Superbike statistics at worldsbk.com Archived 10 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
- "1994 Suzuka 8 Hours results". motoracing-japan.com. Retrieved 14 January 2018.
- www.motorcycle.com Archived 9 May 2006 at the Wayback Machine.
- Motorcycle Racing Online - British Superbike’s decade of race winners