The Journey So Far
My name is Sam Holme, I am 22 years old and I am an aspiring motorcycle racer based near York. My love of bikes and racing has stemmed from an early age and it is something I have always being passionate about. I first rode a bike when I was 6, when I used to do motocross at Trax, in Preston. I did that for 3 years doing a specialist course trained by ex-motocross riders, until I moved to York when I was 9. It wasn’t until I was 16 I rode a bike again when I got my first road bike.
In 2014 I rode in the Derby Phoenix Motorcycle Clubs Formula 400/Mini Thunder Bikes series, and my first year in racing was highly positive. I picked up 4 trophies altogether and claimed 3rd place overall in the novice standings which is impressive as I missed 8 races due to either crashes or mechanical faults (DNF).
For the 2015 season I changed clubs and went to British Motor Cycle Racing Club (BMCRC) to compete in the ultra-competitive EDIAsia Formula 400 class. I established myself as a consistent top 10 finisher against far more experienced riders on quicker machinery. I also picked up two 1sts, a 2nd and four 3rds in the Sub-64 class.
For the 2016 season I joined the Thundersport GB Pre National championship. It was my first year on-board a 600 and it was certainly a step up from the 400! I started the season battling to get into the points, running around 16th and I ended the season in 2nd place in the final race. I also managed to get back to back front row starts in the final 2 rounds and I finished 7th overall in the championship. Towards the end of the season I was consistently battling for podium positions, so to bag 2nd in the last race was mint and gave me great motivation going into the 2017 season.
For this year I moved up into the Sportsman/Elite 600 championship, again with Thundersport GB. Because I had finished inside the top 10 of the Pre National championship the previous year, you automatically had to move up. This is the most competitive 600 grid in the country outside of BSB, with lap times incredibly tight and the racing as close as ever. The year started out particularly tough, we were riding for a team and we were encountering a lot of set up issues therefore the results were not what we were expecting, so from round 3 we went back to being independent on my bike from last year. Round by round we have got stronger, picking up podiums along the way in the sportsman class. I was unfortunately ruled out of two of the races at Anglesey and the Oulton Park round due to a crash at Anglesey in race 1. That was a big shame because we were starting to show the potential we have and this was getting recognised around the paddock. Nonetheless I’ve learned from the mistake I made and I’ll come back bigger, better and faster…well that’s the plan anyway!