Goodyear’s Gearbox Gives-up

After such a stunning debut season in the GWR Raptor in 2012, reigning Leaders Champion Jos Goodyear seems to have had nothing but bad luck so far this year.

Jos Goodyear GWR Raptor

The ‘Number 4′ probably isn’t Jos’ lucky number (thanks to Our Correspondent)


Electrical problems earlier in the season saw the wee beasty and it’s driver somewhat hamstrung with a lack of power from the Suzuki Hayabusa at Prescott’s opening round.

After suffering from the same issue at the Midland Championship Shelsley Walsh in May, Goodyear then missed the BHC rounds at Barbon Manor, Harewood and Gurston as the car was re-wired. A return to BHC competition ended very early doors with a shunt in first practice which sidelined the car again from Shelsley, Loton Park & Doune.

Fully repaired and back in action again by the return to Harewood, the little car was back in fine fettle and since has scored a Run Off win and an Outright Course Record at Les Val des Terres on the Channel Island of Guernsey.

Unfortunately the bad luck returned with a vengeance in Northern Ireland last weekend. Jos left the line in determined style in first practice at the Belfast road course, but he did not get any further than the exit of Howe Bend, the first corner.

Once the car had been recovered, inspection from Jos and his Father Barry in the paddock revealed that second gear (the start gear for the Raptor) had cried enough.

Unlike the days of Hewland gearboxes in the 1600cc class, the motorcycle derived powerplants used these days have an integral gearbox cast in to the engine block. This meant that the repair would be a full engine-out job so Jos’ days hillclimb was over almost before it had begun.

Mr Editor spoke to Jos late last week and he confirmed that the powertrain has been rebuilt and the stunning little Raptor will be back in action at The World Famous Shelsley Walsh this coming weekend.

Let’s hope that Jos’ luck will change from here on, and he can start racking up some more points…

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