SCH Motoprep Technical Manager Rob Smith finished a creditable fourth in his Thundersport GB club GP1 Sportsman class after completing three top four finishes in the final races of the season at Snetterton.
Going into round eight of the campaign, Rob rode his BMW S1000RR bike into third in his class in the opening race of the weekend. Reaching speeds of around 180 mph, he then achieved fourth place finishes in his class in the two Sunday races, meaning that he was confirmed in fourth place in the Thundersport class for the season.
Having suffered a broken collar bone and mechanical issues during the summer, it was a good performance in his first season in the class, having won the Freshman Class last year. Rob, who is supported by SCH in his racing endeavours, will now move up a further class next year when he takes on the Elite series.
He explained: “It has been a bit of a mixed season with the injury and engineering challenges but I’ll be working hard to come out fitter, stronger and faster next summer as we step up a class. Overall, I’m happy with the way things have gone and delighted with the great support that I’ve had. I couldn’t have done it without the people who have backed me all the way.”
SCH has played its part in helping the port of Southampton raise more than £6,000 for three local charities after donating its car park for weekend use by visitors to the Southampton Boat Show.
The car park at Pathfinder House, where SCH’s Motoprep business is based, was one of several Eastern Docks spaces where Boat Show visitors paid to park.
The initiative was organised by port of Southampton security guards Steve Russell and Colin Ferraday.
Of more than £6,000 raised, £2,161 went to Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, with just over £2,000 each going to Wessex Cancer Trust and Solent Dolphin, the charity that organises boat trips for people with disabilities.
Through charitable support, the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance brings an advanced Critical Care Team to people in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight when they need it most.
In a thank you letter to June Furzey, HR Manager at SCH’s Pathfinder personnel agency, Wessex Cancer’s Community Events and Fund Raiser Charlotte von Sicard said: “The Trust aims to help all children, teenagers and adults in the Wessex area who are living with cancer, when and where they need it. Thank you again, your generosity will help us to continue to support those affected by cancer.”
September has ended with SCH experiencing one of its busiest ro-ro weeks of the year by handling more than 8,000 cars and heavy wheeled units.
The hectic end to the month saw 12 ships handled during the final full week of September, coming on the back of the traditionally quieter August period.
Southampton’s Leading Handler of Deep-sea Ro-Ro
Nearly 6,000 of the ro-ro units were for export with destinations including the US, Middle East and Far East, while the biggest import shipment saw more than 750 Renault vehicles arrive from Europe. SCH is the port of Southampton’s leading handler of deep-sea ro-ro cargoes
The company, which handled a total of 220,000 ro-ro units in 2017, is now looking forward to a strong end to the year as volumes in the final few months continue to climb.
Director Lee Davis explained: “We’re gearing up for another busy month in October with our volumes during the current period probably as high as they have been at any time during the year.”