Crank Racing will launch its assault on the UK club racing scene in the Thundersport GB series, and will also have a large presence on the Irish road racing scene this year, with former Irish Road Racing Superbike champ Derek Sheils spearheading the charge.
Sheils, of Dublin, will run in Crank Racing colours as he tackles selected Irish events, while the team will enter Thundersport GB with ex-
Crank Racing has been set-
Crank Racing is an ambitious new project for Grimes, and is more than just a racing team. It has been created to make a positive impact on young people’s lives. First of all, it provides financial support for a number of students through partnerships with two colleges – one in South East England and the other in Ireland as well as two Young Offenders Institutions in England and Ireland.
The team is spearheading a new form of apprenticeship and offering financial assistant to help students complete their college courses while gaining trackside work experience as a race mechanic, giving them a better chance of employment in the motorsport sector. The initiative matches students with experienced professionals and race mechanics that will mentor them throughout the season.
We had a great win at the weekend in Ireland where Derek tied up a great Easter for Crank Racing at Kirkstown in Ireland picking up some great wins and clinching the Mayors trophy . Cranking it up!
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Crank Racing and Trailblazers Mentoring
Trailblazers Mentoring is a small national charity that aims to reduce reoffending among 18-
On average, only 15% of our mentees commit a further
offence and return to prison, against the national average of 56%. Furthermore, 51% entered education, training or employment upon release, well above the national average of 36%.
We are delighted to be working with Crank Racing this year. Their recognition of our work, and their kind and generous donation, will help us to change the lives of not only young offenders, but also the lives of those around them, ensuring that we see less victims of crime in the future.
Wendy Lewington, Chief Executive