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Endurance the key in one half of racing partnership

Rider spends horse on the track will partner chases winners on the turf

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Endurance the key in one half of racing partnership

MOTOR SPORT: Racing runs in one East Garston family - but with different forms of horse power!
While Jo Davis trains her string of a racehorses at Parsons Close Stables in East Garston, her partner Greg Allsop has powered into the lead in the Hottrax Motorsport ACU National Endurance Championships.
After two rounds, Greg Allsop and fellow rider Richard Charlton are leading the 1000cc championship by a 12-point margin and they have high hopes of retaining their top spot through the nine rounds.
Their win in the previous round at Cadwell Park is being televised on May 7 on Sky’s Motors TV channel, between the next two rounds at Pembrey and Snetterton where they hope to move further ahead in the 10-race series.
They have certainly announced their arrival as new team - AC Racing - after Greg spent two successful years with the Go Racing Developments line-up, finishing second and third in the past two years.
He teamed up with Motogrande Power Sport 600 runner-up Charlton, riding a R1 Yamaha and Honda Fireblade in the endurance races, which take place over three or six hours.
“I used to do sprint racing,” said Allsop, “but a friend of mine and I did some endurance racing as a bit of a laugh and I really enjoyed it.”
Lured to Go Racing, he opted to set up his own team with his new partner. “Its a family affair,” he said, “my dad helps me and Richard’s friends and family join mine. It makes it a lot more fun that way.”
The racing is deadly serious though. Riders take it in 30-minute turns, handing over a transponder at changes and this season they set off with a fourth place in the opening event at Brands Hatch before winning at Cadwell Park.
“It’s going well,” he said. “To be honest, my team-mate at Go Racing was a but slow but I had the opportunity to go it alone. I knew Richard, whose a good rider, and it’s a great opportunity to win the championship.
“It’s a tough championship and there are riders on the Superbike circuits who like to take part because they get good track time, but we’re doing well.

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