EWC: British team ADSS 97 to enter Endurance World Championship

Team manager Roy Holder with riders James Edwards, Craig Watson, Johnny Blackshaw and Chris Platt
Team manager Roy Holder with riders James Edwards, Craig Watson, Johnny Blackshaw and Chris Platt

British amateur race team ADSS 97 will take on the world's best Endurance racers this year in the Endurance World Championship.

The team will race within the Dunlop Independent Trophy Stock class and will field four Kawasaki Ninja ZX10RR machines. ADSS 97's rider line-up consists of Johnny Blackshaw, James Edwards, Chris Platt, and Craig Watson.

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The quartet secured second in the No Limits Racing Endurance series in 2019 and tested a larger 24-litre Endurance fuel tank at the first round of the 2021 No Limits Racing series at Donington Park.

Blackshaw competed in the British Superbike paddock between 2014 and 2017 and competed in the EWC with the British Endurance Racing Team (BERT) in the 2019/20 season. Meanwhile, Edwards has previously competed in the British Superstock 600 and 1000 classes and raced with BERT in the Sepang round of the EWC in 2019.

Platt raced in British Supersport and Superbike in the early 2000's and was the 2003 MRO Supersport champion. He returned to action with ADSS in the No Limits Endurance series in 2017. Watson also made his return to racing with the team in 2017 and secured victories in the 2019 No Limits Endurance series.

Each rider will attend as a reserve rider, working in rotation across the four events.

The 2021 EWC Independent Class season gets underway with the Le Mans 24-Hour on June 12-13, before heading to Portugal for the 12 Hours of Estoril on July 17 and then the Bol d'OR on September 18-19.

The organizer, the FIM and Eurosport Events are looking at possible new dates for the 8 Hours of Oschersleben event in Germany.

Fans can follow the progress of ADSS 97 at www.facebook.com/ADSS97 

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Josh Close

By Josh Close

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