Finishing third in Road Racing News top five roads teams from 2018, is World Endurance Championship front runners, IRRC Superbike champions, Wepol Racing by Penz 13.com.
Obviously when reflecting on a quite memorable season of roads action for Rico Penzkofer’s outfit, you can’t but not single out the sustained success at IRRC events with Danny Webb.
Ex Moto 3 World Championship star Webb proved unbeatable at Terlicko, Imatranajo, Horice and Frohburg, as he chalked up from an incredible maiden IRRC Superbike tenure, eight race wins.
The UK’s first IRRC series champion, his title success didn’t come as a surprise to many, given that despite been a championship debutant, he had the proven core roads craft, vast racing experience, raw talent to make quite an impression at a selection of Europe’s most famous roads venues.
Team mates Marek Cerveny, fellow IRRC newcomer Jamie Coward, respectively finished a very fourth, sixth in the final championship standings, to further showcase Wepol Racing by Penz 13.com’s role as the leading IRRC team of 2018.
Outside of IRRC competition, the BMW Motorrad stalwarts also enjoyed solid results a plenty at TT 2018.
In particular Hebden Bridge’s Coward excelled scoring an excellent eighth place finish, within the showpiece Pokerstars Senior race.
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Whilst IRRC champion Webb steadily chipping away with his pace around the fabled Mountain Course, banked a trio of creditable finishes, including a top 15 finish in the record breaking six lap Senior encounter.
Rostrum finisher at Frohburg, Derek Sheils first TT voyage in Penz 13.com colours whilst perhaps challenging at times, still saw the multi Irish roads champion showcase at times his proven class.
Set to run a five rider team at the upcoming Macau Grand Prix, including TT Privateers champion Davey Todd, there’s no doubt that Rico Penzkofer’s ever hard working, ambitious, enthused team will once again provide the teams racers with top quality, spot on machinery, which has proven so formidable on the roads throughout 2018.
Words by Stevie Rial