BMW Boxer Cup 2003
Swiss rider Andy Hofmann secured the BMW
Motorrad BoxerCup 2003 grand prize - a brand
new BMW M3 car worth £39,000 for being
the overall winner of the nine-round BMW series.
Britain's young contestants, Richard Cooper
and Barry Burrell were satisfied with their
championship results, Richard finished sixth
and Barry eleventh.
At the final round at Brno in the Czech Republic,
Richard qualified on the third row of the
grid in tenth position. Then on race day he
had a good start and managed to finish seventh.
"In qualifying, I just couldn't get enough
clear track. I kept getting caught up among
other riders," said the 21-year-old from Nottingham.
"The qualifying times were really close. I
secured a lap time of 2m 17.8 seconds. If
I had managed a time of 2m 17.2 seconds, I
would have been on the front row.
"In the race, I got a really good start and
I was fifth coming out of the first corner.
I managed to hold the position for a couple
of laps, but then I started to struggle and
a couple of riders got past me. I drifted
back to 11th position, but then I gained some
momentum. I managed to fight back and pass
some more riders. I got behind Sebastien Legrelle
(Belgium) who was running in sixth position.
I was right on his tail and we had a really
good battle. I finished behind him in the
race, but on the timesheets he was 10th or
11th, so he must have had a 10-second penalty.
"I'm happy with my result today and my position
in the championship," said the winner of the
second round of the series at Oulton Park.
"I think that the championship has been a
lot harder this year and the competition has
been much tougher. For the UK team, we have
bettered our result from last year. I have
finished sixth in the series for the past
two years now. And the team has two riders
in the top eleven."
Overall the BMW Motorrad Great Britain team
has had a year of ups and downs. Richard Cooper
started the season on a high by securing pole
position at Daytona in the USA, but then crashed
on the first lap of the race.
This was followed by a two-month break before
the second round at Oulton Park in the UK, where
in tricky wet/dry weather conditions he had
a sensational win in front of his home crowd.
From then on his season has featured mixed results,
but nonetheless he finished a creditable sixth
place in the hard fought championship. 2003
is Barry Burrell's debut year in the international
BoxerCup series and he has impressively adapted
to the unique riding style required for racing
the big-bore BMW Boxer twins. Barry's best result
was a fifth place finish at Le Mans in France
and has secured eleventh position in the championship.
Matt Layt started the year as BMW Motorrad
Great Britain's third rider, but he left the
team halfway through the season to race in a
different category. 17-year-old Tony Waistnage
joined the team as Matt's replacement and over
the four rounds that he competed his best result
was seventh at Assen in the Netherlands.
||9th March - Daytone, USA
||5th May - Oulton Park, UK
||24th May - Le Mans, France
||7th June - Mugello, Spain
||14th June - Catalunya, Spain
||24th - Tony Waistnage
||28th June - Assen, Netherlands
||7th - Tony Waistnage
||5th July - Spa, Belgium
||DNF - Tony Waistnage
||26th July - Sachsenring, Germany
||22nd - Tony Waistnage
||17th August - Brno, Czech