The Welsh Road Race is the culmination of an idea from a collective of Road Racing Fans. An idea inspired by the Welsh TT , to stage again, a motorcycle road race on the public roads of the Brecon Beacons.
The passion of the Board of Directors for road racing, is coming to fruition, and will lead to an academy offering safe training facilities for aspiring riders, of any age.
Derek Smith : Managing Director
Started his own business in 1986, worked in a number of industries, including selling prestigious vehicles, a PGA golfer in 1992 with a golf shop and driving range, then returning to the building industry. Involved in road racing for some 20 years, Chairman, Promoter and Financer of the National Motorcycle Road Races at Aberdare Park, an event that has been in existence since 1948.
General secretary of East South Wales Office ACU and accredited Clerk of the Course. Owner of a small but well respected motorcycle road race team.
Phil Morris : Sponsorship and Facilities Director
Phil started a successful facilities management business in the early 80’s, which at its height employed 1,500 personnel. He retired in 2007, to enable him to concentrate on his passion for motorcycle racing but still maintains a foothold in the family business.
Phil is the owner of Oswestry Road Racing Museum & runs an established road racing team. He is also the sponsor & Facilities Director of the Road Racing Legends Charity, established to serve injured riders & their families.
Aled Lloyd : Race and Entries Director
Aled has been a keen motorcyclist from an early age, primarily riding off road. However, his main passion is road racing & he has been an active member of Aberaman Motorcycle Club for the past 23 years. During this time, Aled has helped to organise & run the Aberdare Park road races, undertaking a variety of jobs, progressing to Chief Marshal & managing sponsorship. He is now the Race & Club
Secretary in addition to being the Permit & Events Officer for the east south Wales ACU office.
Deborah Smith : Admin Director
Legal & Administration background. Educated whilst travelling the world courtesy of HM Armed Forces, originally trained as a Licenced Conveyancer and spent many years working for the largest corporate law firm in Europe.
Jenny Tinmouth : Director, Female Brand Ambassador
Jenny is is the first ever female to be involved in the BSB Championship from 2015/16 as a factory rider, riding for Honda Japan. Also, Jenny achieved the title of fastest female to lap the Isle of Man TT Course, at 119.945mph average speed. She holds various Guinness World Records, and runs her own business called Two-Wheel Workshop where she repairs motorcycles, MOT’s and prepares race bikes for a living. Jenny started racing in the British 125 Championship in 2003 as a privateer. She also won the first ever TTXGP Electric bike race Championship in 2010. She is a fantastic Ambassador to the two wheel sport.
Roger Thomas : Committee Director
Roger is the Managing Director of HT Installations Ltd., who specialise in the installation of fibre optic cabling & are one of British Telecoms largest private contractors. Roger is a motor sport fanatic & owner of a stable of racing motorcycles. His skills & understanding of the sport will be invaluable, during preparations for the event.
James Hewing : Committee Member / Event Advisor
James is the Museum Director at the world renowned National Motorcycle Museum on the outskirts of Birmingham. He has been instrumental in developing & implementing key strategies to raise the museums profile; in generating funding, forging strategic partnerships, organising events & growing the museums flourishing online & mail order businesses.
James’ previous experience includes more than 9 years working as the CEO / Company Secretary of the Vintage Motorcycle Club Ltd., with over 17,200 members worldwide. He has been organising the annual VMCC ‘Festival of 1000 Bikes’ & was awarded the Frank Farrington Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2017 International Classic Motorcycle Show, for services to the classic motorcycle movement.
Norman Pursglove : Committee Member / Company Accountant
Norman founded the accountancy practice, Pursglove & Brown in 1993 & has overseen its development, specialising in SME businesses.
Norman is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants & has experience in corporate, personal, inheritance tax & VAT planning. He is past Chairman of Chester & North Wales Chartered Accountants, has chaired an NHS trust & is currently a director of numerous companies.
Mike Williams LL.B : Committee Member / Legal Advisor (Solicitor)
Mike qualified as a solicitor in 1991, working in criminal law for a number of years before specialising in Claimant personal injury work. He now acts as a consultant to a number of law firms, dealing with problematic cases & developing business strategies. When he was younger, Mike was an exceptional amateur sportsman, playing rugby, racing bicycles, carts & testing single seater racing cars at a very competitive level. Between 1990 & 1993, he managed Paul Iwanski’s sidecar team, who tasted success in the Welsh & British Championship’s, in addition to competing at the Isle of Man TT. Mike’s love of motorcycle racing goes back to the early 70’s & has not diminish to this day.
Peter Hughes : Committee Member / Funding & Heritage
Peter Hughes has more than 30 years’ experience working in the media and 40 years’ motorsport experience. After working for the BBC as a researcher, journalist and producer in both TV and radio, Peter established a media relation consultancy representing a number of motorsport championships, teams and events. He also writes about and commentates on a variety of sports. Peter’s business experience includes establishing and running one of the first companies in the UK to offer travel packages for prospective spectators at rounds of the World Rally Championship.
Ryan Duffy : Coordinator for the Welsh RR Zero Race
Bringing the Welsh RR back into action also means bringing the racing classes up to date. The organisers propose to introduce, for the first time, an electric class for UK Mainland road race. The Electric motorcycle class will seek to promote the viability of electric propulsion for electric motorbike. The inaugural race will see teams battling for a ground-breaking step forward in the future of the motorcycle industry. Incorporating the class in the event shows the organisers commitment to a long and sustainable competition. The Zero emissions motorbikes also form part of the Welsh RR circuits devotion to minimise the environmental impact of the event on the local area. Teams, who have built machines to participate, hail from the UK, Europe and further afield. There is already an established presence of Electric motorcycle racing which will help ensure the success of the event. A race of circa 50 miles is proposed for the inaugural event. A distance which will push the teams and machines to their limits.
Alex Knopp: Committee Member / WebMaster
Managing Director of Knoppys Digital Limited, Founder of supportmyride.co.uk. A well seasoned Web Developer with a passion for helping businesses grow through digital media. With over 10 years experience in building and developing websites Alex and his team build a reputation for developing software applications for businesses based on increasing productivity and reducing cost. From building websites and business software to now investing into new business and building an impressive investment portfolio Knoppys Digital continues to turn heads into 2018. Building memorable journeys through all forms of Digital Media.
Nick Willcock : Committee Member / Branding & Advertising
Founder and owner of Now Group, Nick has worked with a range of clients across the globe. Having come from a family business specialising in graphic applications Nick has been working in the industry for over 20 years and has strong established relationships with many manufacturers and innovative tech companies. Specific skill sets in branding, large format print applications, sign manufacture, vehicle graphics, promotions and advertising.
Darren Pole : Committee Member / Paper Printing
Darren has been in the print business for most of his working life & is the Managing Director of Tower Prints based in South Wales. He also sits on several boards & advises on setting up Social Enterprise & Grant Aid in Gwent.
Paul Mercer : Committee Member / Merchandise & Branding
Paul is an entrepreneur & current owner of Farndon House Branding Solutions, based in Chester. He has extensive experience managing projects from their original design concept through to the final branded product. Philip Wain Freelance Journalist To (Welsh RR). Phil Wain has been a freelance motorcycle journalist for over ten years and is a featured writer for a number of publications. This includes Bike Sport News and Classic Racer, having also been a regular contributor to Motor Cycle News, MCN Sport, Irish Racer and Motorcycle Racer.
He acted as PR Officer for Guy Martin between 2004 and 2010 and is currently occupying the same role for a number of teams and riders at both the British Superbike Championship and International road races - including 23-times TT winner John McGuinness, Michael Rutter, Smiths Racing, RAF Regular & Reserve Kawasaki and JG Speed fit Kawasaki.
He is also heavily involved with the organisation of the Isle of Man TT Races, writing all official press releases and race reports and providing ITV4 with statistical information. He is the author of the bestselling Guy Martin: Portrait of a Bike Legend and co-author of Barry Sheene: The Official Photographic Celebration of the Legendary Motorcycle Champion.
Jason McComb AMIMI : PR Manager Social Media / Blog
Experienced Learning and Development Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the Telecommunications and Motor industry. Skilled in Social Networking, Business Development, Negotiation, Business Planning, Operations Management, Coaching and Sales. Strong human resources professional with CIPD Learning and Development Level 3 and an Associate Member of the IMI.
Philip Wain : Freelance Journalist To (Welsh RR).
Phil Wain has been a freelance motorcycle journalist for over ten years and is a featured writer for a number of publications. This includes Bike Sport News and Classic Racer, having also been a regular contributor to Motor Cycle News, MCN Sport, Irish Racer and Motorcycle Racer. He acted as PR Officer for Guy Martin between 2004 and 2010 and is currently occupying the same role for a number of teams and riders at both the British Superbike Championship and International road races - including 23-times TT winner John McGuinness, Michael Rutter, Smiths Racing, RAF Regular & Reserve Kawasaki and JG Speed fit Kawasaki. He is also heavily involved with the organisation of the Isle of Man TT Races, writing all official press releases and race reports and providing ITV4 with statistical information. He is the author of the bestselling Guy Martin: Portrait of a Bike Legend and co-author of Barry Sheene: The Official Photographic Celebration of the Legendary Motorcycle Champion.
Phil Edge : Immediate Press Officer (Welsh RR)
Brought up in a motorcycling family, including having an uncle, who was involved ‘full time’ on racing machinery, including a very close connection with the famous MV Agusta and later Aermacchi machines, Phil was reared on road racing, at circuits such as Prees Heath, Rhydymwyn and Oulton Park. His first road race was at Oliver’s Mount in 1955 when he saw the late great Geoff Duke take the Gold Cup on the magnificent four-cylinder Gilera. After that baptism, it was the spectacle and glamour of ‘pure’ road racing, that became the true passion, and the pinnacle of road racing is, of course the Isle of Man, with the T.T., Southern 100 and the Manx Grand Prix.
He has been a freelance motorcycle sport journalist, concentrating mainly on road racing for over 40 years, having been mentored by the likes of five-times Manx Grand Prix winner, Denis Parkinson (BBC TV Sport & ITV – World of Sport), Leslie Nichol (Daily Express) and George Turnbull (Daily Telegraph) in the early years. Phil first became involved with the International Southern 100 Road Races in 1994, becoming Media Liaison Officer three-years later in 1997 and Press Officer in 2003, a position I still hold. He was instrumental in formulating the Duke Road Race Rankings Championship, with respected fellow journalist, Mac McDiarmid at the request of Peter Duke – the Rankings Series dedicated to his father six-times world champion, Geoff Duke OBE. The Duke Road Race Rankings Championship commenced in 2002 and continues to today, with myself as Administrator and Results Co-ordinator.
He is also Media/Press Officer for the Armoy ‘Race of Legends’ Road Races having first been appointed in 2012. He had two terms as Media/Press Officer at Oliver’s Mount for the Auto 66 Club, the latest from 2003 to the end of 2016, Phil was also Press Officer for the Manx Motor Cycle Club, organisers of the Manx Grand Prix (and Classic TT) from 2008 until then end of 2013. Now fortunate and very proud to be living in the Isle of Man – the Road Racing Capital of the World - since the mid-1980’s and to be very much involved in what he considers is the finest and friendliest sport on earth.
Martin Knighton: Creator of Welsh Road Race Supporters Club
Martin’s interest in motorcycle racing dates back to the late 1980’s having attended the inaugural World Superbike meeting at Donington Park in 1988. He joined the North Yorkshire Road Racing Supporters Club (NYRRSC) in 2004 and became involved in the hands on role of securing high profile ‘chat show’ guests, receiving awards for Club Promotion in 2005 and 2006. He wrote as a freelance journalist for Motorcycle Racer magazine during 2010 and 2011 which
included in-depth interviews with Carlos Checa, John Hopkins, Guy Martin, Sam Lowes and many more.
Martin has worked in the BSB paddock for 11 years, ever present from 2007 working within 125cc, Moto3, Supersport and Superbike classes and enjoyed success as a team member of the 2014 125 GP and 2016 Moto3 GP British Championship winning teams. He first visited the Isle of Man TT races in 2009 as a spectator and was immediately hooked! He now returns every year and became an IMC trained marshal in 2014. Martin is also well known and highly
regarded as an experienced ‘pitboarder’ and signals for Bruce Anstey, Peter Hickman, Dean Harrison and several others on the Isle of Man.