Brands Hatch Race Report


Brands Hatch Race Report

This weekend we started our season at the famous Brands Hatch Indy circuit which always provides good close racing.

Test Day

The day was a perfect test day with the weather giving us the opportunity to test the bike in wet and dry conditions this worked well as this was the weather report for the rest of the weekend. Happy with pace and setup for both conditions we finished the day happy enough.


It was a busy busy session with not much room for clear laps. We managed a few average laps and finished a frustrating 9th overall but 2nd in class.

Race 1

Starting 9th the race was dry and really was a good opportunity to get the season going. I got a average start but made 2 positions into turn 1. We pushed hard and made more places finding our way into P6 overall. We then came across Alex Laureys Racing and JAB racing(Ryan Varley) we had a great battle switching places plenty of times, we were all running a strong pace none of us going as fast as we could due to swapping places so many times. I just piped Ryan to the line after he had a moment out of clear ways and took P4 overall and 2nd in class.

Race 2

Due to the mega laps system I started P5 and 1st in class. It was declared a wet race but was drying fast. We choose wet tyres.
We got a strong start making a place into 4th overall we sat being two in front and quickly felt I had a stronger pace, I set up a move which has worked for me in the past but unfortunately I was slightly too wide and the rear let go. The bike took some damage we repaired the bike quickly and got it ready for Race 3.

Race 3

Very similar track conditions to race 2 we went with the same wet tyres. We had a great start moving from 5th to 2nd I sat behind Jordan Rushby and was just about to knock off lap 1. Unfortunately when exiting the last corner clearways I lost control of my bike were the camber of the circuit drops away. I remember it all clear as day I had already picked up the throttle much earlier to build momentum the rear came round I saw the rear wheel came round pretty quick and flew me off. It was all good until I hit the floor which then I fell hard onto my head knocking me clean out, after that I woke up in the medical centre and had some other pains.

Firstly I just want to thank Thundersport GB , the medics and marshals they were so good to me I cannot thank them enough!
Secondly I’d like to thank my family, friends, sponsors and competitors for generally asking how I am it means a lot to me thank you.

The weekend to me was a success, I ran at the front all weekend, beat my personal best lap time and had great fun all weekend!
I’m not completely sure how quickly I will return but will find out more today!

Thanks to all of my sponsors!
Edison Technical Recruitment
CNC Routing LTD
Hosted-developments – Thank you Peter and Sunrise for your support, the flowers and chocolates went down well 😊
Kickstart Motorcycles
Circuit Moto
Vulcanet Bike UK
PCR Performance
Eazi-Grip Tank Grips
HEL Performance
Held Rider Equipment

Race report courtesy Mathew Dawes


Mathew Dawes Racing 

Race track images courtesy

Snappy Racers 


We are Proud To Announce our New Sponsorship!

We are proud, and happy, to announce that we are now official sponsors of the racing motorcyclist Mathew Dawes!


After wrapping up second place in the 600 Thundersport GB championship we are looking forward to a successful 2017
Mathew, from Redditch, achieved Pole positions, 24 podiums and 4 race wins this year and plan to achieve even more in 2017


It’s a Team Effort

This is a great achievement and close to the heart of Hosted Developments Peter Lovatt, who is an avid rider. As two of the Lovatt’s family join their father on motorcycles and his wife Sunrise riding pillion, it’s going to be a team effort to support Mathew in his winning career.

After a successful start to Mathew’s racing career in 2016 he has shown his ability gaining a vast amount of podiums and race wins which within a short amount of time this has been a great achievement, In 2017 he will look to progress further into the Thundersport Elite Series along side this Mathew will test his skills in the British Superbike Paddock (BSB), The coverage at British Superbikes will see over 14 million viewers and over 320,000 attending race day fans over a season!


Mathew Born Racer

Mathew born in Leamington Spa has always had a passion for bike racing from a very young age, financing bike racing while he was younger was not possible , however Mathew was still destined to make something of himself on two wheels and as soon as the funding was there he began his racing career.

  • 2015 – Mathew Jumped straight into the biggest national club level championship in the UK (ThundersportGB), He didn’t have any experience of the circuits on the calendar ! After finishing many times in the top 10 and 5 in 2015 the season was cut short due to financial constraints .
  • 2016 – 2rd in the Thundersport GB championship. Achieving 24 podium finishes and 4 race wins. The season came with its down side with various mechanical bike issues holding Mathew back from winning the title outright. However the season proved Mathews Pace and willingness to succeed. In only his first full season to finish 2rd was a great achievement.
  • 2017 – Mathew will step up to the top level of club racing in the Elite series of Thundersport GB, With the right funding Mathew also has plans to make his way into the British Superbike Paddock with Wildcard appearances!

The team, at present, consists of the following;
Edison Technical Recruitment
CNC Routing LTD
Redditch Powder Coating
PCR Performance
Circuit Moto
TranAm Ltd
Eazi-Grip Tank Grips
Vulcanet Bike UK


The Internet of Things – How secure are you?

An Experiment Shows How Quickly The Internet Of Things Can Be Hacked!

“The Internet can be a dangerous place. Hackers, bots and viruses are prowling the Web trying to turn your machines into zombies.” States radio and news site NPR. With our fridges and washing machines being linked to online market places like Amazon, it’s not surprising that that new security is now an issue.

Only last month, a massive network of hacked devices helped temporarily shut down Twitter and other websites. A virus called Mirai targetted Dyn a major Internet infrastructure company with a denial-of-service attack causing chaos for hours.


Andrew McGill, a reporter at The Atlantic, devised an experiment to find out how vulnerable our devices are to hackers. He built a virtual Internet-connected toaster, put it online and waited to see how quickly it would take for hackers to attempt to breach it. They found him much faster than he expected.

“Well, I had talked to some experts, and I was fully expecting maybe a week, maybe never, certainly not less than a day,” McGill told NPR’s Ari Shapiro. “But it came a lot sooner. It was 41 minutes. [The second attempt was] within 10 or 15 minutes [and the third was] another 10 or 15.”

Interview Highlights

On the toaster experiment

Well, I kind of wanted to see if I put something unsecured on the Internet — if I just plugged it in — how long would it take for a hacker to find it and hack into it?

So when this botnet took down all these computers a few weeks ago, there were thousands and thousands of devices that had been compromised, but I always had kind of thought, “You know, if I’m lax with security in my own personal life, it won’t be a big deal because the Internet is huge.” You know, there’s millions, and actually billions, of IP addresses, each one with a computer behind it. Why would a hacker find me?
So I kind of devised this thing where I built a virtual Internet-connected toaster, as I called it, and I put it online and saw how quickly it took for someone to compromise it.

On how hackers found him so quickly

This is the thing: People probably think of a hacker as behind their keyboard and prowling for folks that are vulnerable. Really they write scripts and they write bots that do that prowling for them.

They will actually randomly scan ports, which are essentially ways into computers, across the entire Internet. And the thing is, you know, our technology has advanced to a degree that you can actually reasonably expect to scan the entire Internet in a few hours.

On why certain devices are more vulnerable than others

This is the thing that I always want to make clear to the readers is that if you are plugging in your Internet toaster into your home Wi-Fi or into your home router, you already have a layer of security and that’s your router. It’s essentially a device that makes sure that incoming connections don’t get through to your devices that would be malicious.
This [device] was a little bit different. This mimicked more the simpler devices that were attacked in the Mirai botnet. They’re more vulnerable because they don’t have that layer of protection between them and the modem, which connects directly to the Internet. So your average consumer has that layer of protection, but that protection can be breached sometimes, too.

On identifying the location of hacking attempts

I could log the IP addresses, and you could actually geo-locate those to see where they’re coming from. You know, I don’t really trust those because you can easily spoof an IP or have a proxy server to make it look like you’re coming from somewhere else, but they were all over the map. There actually was one as close as Ohio, which I thought was funny.

On how to protect your devices from hacking

For the average consumer, we’ve figured this out to some degree. We have basic security in place in modern devices that screen out the most obvious attacks. Really getting phished, if you will, is more of a problem where you are tricked in surrendering your password or username to a common service. If you plug in your webcam into your router or to your Wi-Fi, you’re relatively safe.

I think the biggest security concern for folks at home would be if their router actually is old, it might have an easily guessed password that someone could gain control. Most modern devices don’t have that problem, but that certainly is a concern for older devices.

Credit: PHOTO ProSymbols/The Noun Project/Andrew McGill/Courtesy of The Atlantic

Cyber Security – Get Involved

Article by Stay Safe Online

Cybersecurity is Our Shared Responsibility.


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