51 racing                                     Race No. 51

Boat Manufacturer:thundercat Engine Manufacturer: Tohatsu 50D2 UK Class: RYA Pro-Stock email:simonharding19@googlemail.com

Driver info : Simon Harding

 

Simon spent 3 years riding race horses for the Sheik Mohammed in Newmarket before injury put a stop to his career. Ever positive, Simon took to the water to help aid his recovery and soon found a love for speed and crashing through the waves doing such sports as surf kayaking, coasteering, climbing, mountain bike and jet skiing. He now works for SVITZER towage as a coxswain and spends his spare time as a water sports instructor and racing powerboats. 2014 was a very successful season for Simon, he achieved overall 4th in the team standing for the RYA National Championships and he continued his success into the 2015 season where he was placed 7th in the driver championship.

Co-driver info : kurt croft

 

Kurt joined Simon for the 2015 season. Kurt's love of ardenlin sports, especially ThunderCat Racing saw him placed 7th in the co-driver championship.  

 

In 2014 Rylan Edwards had a very successful first season co-driving with Team 51.  Has been a lover of the sea ever since he could walk. Rylan has worked in sailing ocean going tankers for the last few years but has decided to come back home for a more settled life. This was short lived when Simon convinced him to join him as co-pilot. Pretty hooked on racing now and enjoy spend my spare time climbing , wakeboarding and any outdoor sports. Unfortunately Rylan had work commitments which has seen him taking a sabbatical from racing this year,  Look forward to welcoming you back Rylan in the future.

 

Team Manager: Simon Harding 

 

Simon Harding, when he is not maintaining the team boat he is always trying to keep the team transport looking tip top.

 

Racing experience

 

With 5 seasons behind him Simon is now no stranger to the National and International Thunder tours. Success has been hard fought for, but Simon has prevailed and was runner up in the 2012 RYA UK Championships, 4th in 2014 and 6th in 2015 with a much increased contingency of teams all fighting for championship points.  Simon raced for Great Britain in the 2012 World Championships in Norway and at the World Championships in Malta during October 15 where the team achieved a fabulous 5th place in the Pro-Stock class.  


 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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Quick Fire Questions

 

Worst wipeout; Rylan; in Fistral. The end of last year I hit my eye on a go-pro mount. I had two cuts, one 1 inch and one 2 inch and spent the rest of the day in a and e and I still wanted to race!
Simon: when training at home, I got hit in the head by a puffin (we were going flat out) not sure who was more shocked him or me!

 

Best Venue; Anywhere in Wales of course but we love every venue.

 

Preferred prop; Can’t tell you everything got to have some secrets.

 

Proudest Moment:

 

Coming 2nd in British Thundercat stock championships

2010 - present

2010 - present