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MOTORSPORT: Thorne in dreamland after big-race success
12:00pm Saturday 31st August 2013 in Sport
Veteran Kidlington motorcycle racer Peter Thorne admitted it was beyond his wildest dreams after he claimed top spot on the podium in the International Classic Grand Prix at Cadwell Park.
Thorne, 59, won the championship for pre-1985 250cc and 350cc Grand Prix machines in 2005, but he hadn’t recorded a race victory for seven years.
However, he rolled back the years to triumph in the 250cc class on board his Decorite Rotax machine at the Lincolnshire venue.
“ I thought this sort of thing had gone away from me,” he said.
“To get to the podium yes, but to have a win was beyond my dreams.“
And Thorne, who races alongside 350cc machines, revealed it wasn’t until after Monday’s contest was over that he discovered he had won.
“I was fourth on Sunday and I didn’t really get my head into gear. I was just determined to finish on the podium,” he said.
“I led for the first couple of laps and the guy who won (Dean Simpson) passed me and two other riders went by.
“I managed to get past them, but I didn’t know the guy in front of me had fallen off.
“I thought I was racing for second place and I was determined to hold on for that.
“They collect the first three riders and take them to the podium, and it was then they said that he had fallen off.”
Thorne, who runs a motorcycle restoring business called Aspire Restorations at Enslow, near Kidlington, has been racing for 40 years, including in the British Championship until 1986, when he was a “top-20 runner”.
And he has no plans to retire from the sport. “I have not put on a lot of weight over the years and it enables me to ride the bikes and keeps me young,” he said.
“I just love racing and while I am fit and able to do it I won’t give it up.
“You get to venues I wish I could have raced at 20.
“Now I can race at Assen and Spa-Francorchamps, which I would never dreamt I would.”
Thorne, a presenter on ITV 4’s The Motorbike Show, is due to be back on track at a club event at Mallory Park on September 15, before tackling the next round of the ICGP series at Le Mans the following weekend.
“That’s the best I have gone at Cadwell Park,” he added. “I was 1.6 seconds outside the lap record. Now I’m hoping to repeat it at Le Mans and get more wins this season.”
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