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-British 125 rider Simon Low from Twickenham.
Crank Racing has been set-up by Kent-based Irishman Mark Grimes, co-owner of the former RG Moto squad which finished third in the No Limits Endurance series in 2014. He is also heavily involved with an established TT and road race team, and with a successful career in the sport gaming sector, he’s a man who has spent most of his life immersed in sports.
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.
Trailblazers Mentoring is a small national charity that aims to reduce reoffending among 18-25 year old males. Our volunteer mentors support young offenders both inside prison and on release; building better communities by helping offenders to change their attitude, thinking and behaviour and become positive members of society.
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.