Ellesmere Port’s queen of speed has announced she will once again compete in the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship this season.
Jenny Tinmouth, 35, made history last year by becoming the first woman to score a point in the British Superbike class after a battling 15th place finish at Snetterton.
This year she’s aiming to break a lot more records when the season gets under way at Brands Hatch, Kent, this Easter.
Jenny, who runs Two Wheel Workshop on Westminster Industrial Estate with her partner and race mechanic Steve Bradley, has spent the winter developing her 1,000cc Honda Fireblade racing machine.
She said: “It was a massive achievement scoring a championship point last year, especially taking into account our limited budget. The big teams can afford to spend thousands upon thousands of pounds on development and better machinery.
“They have separate technicians for suspension, electronics, clutch, chassis and tyres. We’ve just got me and Steve so we are never going to be able to compete with them.
“However, we have done some work on the bike and updated a few parts that will, hopefully, help me up my lap times and, with a bit of luck, score a lot more points.
“I’m really excited about this year because I think we have done our apprenticeship and we are looking to move forward and try to push for the top 10. I know we can do it.”
But Tinmouth’s biggest challenge is likely to be off the track, not on it, as she faces a continual battle to raise the finance she needs to improve her bike and fund her privateer championship challenge.
She said: “As a small team, scoring a point last season was a big achievement and it has made me more determined. We have been working really hard over the winter and I feel this season could be one of our best yet.
“Money is always a problem, though. I still have sponsorship from Manx Glass, Majestic Engineering and sorrymate.com insurance. But I really need a major backer if we are really going to fulfil our potential as a team.
“Racing is an expensive game. For instance a set of tyres runs at £220 and we can go through four, or even, five sets a meeting. Then, we have to keep the bike running so parts need replacing and if I have a slip off the chances are the fairing will need replacing too.
“Add to that the cost of travel to and from race meetings and it can add up to several thousands of pounds. It’s not easy.
“What we can offer potential sponsors is lots of TV and media exposure.
“Racing is everything to me and, while I might be up against it, I can’t see me hanging up my leathers any time soon.”
For more information or to discuss sponsorship opportunities contact Jenny Tinmouth on 0151 355 6600.