This week the team (Banks Racing) travelled to Rendell’s local circuit; Brands Hatch. A positive start to the weekend saw Rendell setting some of the fastest times during free practice on Friday. This success continued into Saturday’s qualifying and the team were expecting the front row start Rendell deserved. Unfortunately misery struck in quali two when the bike cut out; prematurely ending the session with laps to spare. The team stripped the bike overnight and managed to get it running by Sunday morning, however two corners into morning warm up, the bikes engine seized nearly throwing Rendell off the machine. With just four hours till the race, the team cracked on with the job at hand and managed to fix the bike in time. Rendell stepped up with the untested bike and started the race, keeping up with the front-runners. With an overtaking moment materialising Rendell pushed the bike one step too far and crashed out exiting Druids Bend. Rendell was immediately taken to the medical centre for an x-ray of his battered left hand; fortunately the damage was only superficial and will not affect his participation at Oulton Park in three weeks time (9-11 August).
Rendell reports: ‘This weekend was challenging, to say the least! The bike had a technical problem that the team thankfully resolved by Sunday. This is my second non-finish and I walk away with no additional points. I have dropped to fifth in the championship, hopefully I can recoup these vital points in the 6 remaining rounds.’
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