This weekend the team travelled to Lincolnshire for the eighth round of the British Superbikes. Rendell started on a high by topping Friday’s timesheet (125 and Moto3) with a respectable 1.56.037 in wet conditions. This a courageous time bearing in mind Rendell’s injury history at Cadwell Park. The weather improved on Sunday, along with the qualifying times; Rendell achieved a front row start ahead of championship leader ‘Tom Carne’. Entering the bank holiday race it was strikingly obvious the 12-lap battle would be as competitive as ever, especially with Rendell displacing competition on the grid. With the front two breaking away, Rendell diced with the following pack, avoided Mackenzie’s crash and put the Banks Racing Machine second on the podium. Rendell is now up to third in the Motostar Championship and has four rounds to improve on this.
Rendell Reports: ‘It’s been another fab weekend for the team; I go home today with another podium and more importantly a great jump in the championship. This is my best BSB season to date, hopefully my success continues to the end.’
Round Nine: Donignton Park (6-8th September 2013)
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Crashing out of the previous round had a positive effect on Rendell’s performance this weekend; Rendell returns to Essex with additional silverware and crucial championship points. Unfortunately the team had fuelling issues on the build up to and during the race, however this aside Rendell finished with a third place podium following one epic 3-bike battle to the line at Oulton Park. Rendell has now moved up to fourth in the British Superbike Motostar Championship, and hopes to improve on this in the five remaining rounds. In just two weeks the team will travel to Cadwell Park (Lincolshire) continuing the championship battle.
Shall I race again? I want to get back into it but look what I have been through! Yes I love racing but seriously – Broken arms, broken legs, broken wrist – broken fingers and to top it off a broken pelvis last season…. Without a shadow of a doubt Rendell’s 2013 comeback was a shock to everyone! Rendell first started racing mini-moto’s at a young age, swiftly progressing up to club racing where back to back race wins accumulated to clear cut championship wins. This success was soon spotted and Rendell progressed to join the 125GP British Superbike Championship. This positive start to Rendell’s racing career was unfortunately halted when the true dangers of racing caught up with him in 2009; a huge crash a Cadwell Park prematurely ended his season with a broken leg. Following rehabilitation Rendell jumped back into the BSB paddock and unfortunately struggled to find the correct team/bike combination – eventually leading him to the Superstock 600’s. A recipe which once again began on a high; with positive pre-season lap times coming through. Unfortunately this was curtailed with Rendell’s worst injury yet; a broken pelvis whilst testing in Spain. Following a medi-jet evacuation and life saving surgery, bedbound Rendell spent the rest of the season recovering and reflecting on his career to date. Looking ahead to the 2013 season, Rendell insisted that enough is enough and it was time to put an end to it all! Well that lasted long……. Banks Racing approached Rendell with a seat and this was accepted in a flash; look where he is now…….. 3 podiums this year and 6 rounds to go. ONE HELL OF A COME BACK