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  Driver---Dennis Guppy

Age---60+

Occupation---Retired self employed precision engineer



Passenger---Chris Turner

Age---50+

Occupation---Retired Computer Manager and Motorcycle Riding Instructor



Dennis and Chris started racing together in 1976 with the North Gloucester Racing Club. The partnership continued for 12 years during which they raced at many circuits including Donnington Park, Brands Hatch, Castle Coombe, and Thruxton on a number of machines powered by Suzuki and Yamaha engines. During this time, they contested the ACU/Malborough Championship as well as the North Gloucester circuits. Results were consistent with placings often in the first six finishers.
From 1987 to 1999, Dennis continued racing with a number of other passengers, and secured runner-up places in the NG Formula 1 championship, while Chris competed in motorcycle trials. In 1999, he and Chris decided to pair up again for a season to contest the prestigious NG Racing Formula 1 series. Consistent results, and reliable machinery gave them the lead early in the championship, and enabled them to secure the championship at the penultimate race, beating their nearest rivals by a convincing 44 points overall.

 

This success prompted them to continue racing as a team for the foreseeable future and they entered the NG Racing Formula 1 series again for 2001. Despite some minor problems during the first half of the year, 2001 was much like 2000 for the team. Reliability and consistency gave them a comfortable lead in the championships with placings always in the fist three at every race. In the words of the press:

 

"Guppy Racing took the latter half of the season by storm"

 

They achieved three race wins to clinch the championship for the second year running and all without a single retirement in more than 50 races.

 

2002 saw an uprated engine, ignition and braking system.   Two days spent on the Dyno at Dynotech resulted in poweroutputs around 165 bhp, with torque well improved on the previous year.  Unfortunately, the new ignition system caused some problems during this time, causing them to spend an extra day with Dynotech, but once these had been resolved, it never missed a beat for the remainder of the season.

 

2003 saw the first retirements, two in all.  The first was on the start line at Keevil where a tiny drip of oil was spotted from the timing cover.  In fairness to the other competitors, they withdrew from the grid.  The second was caused by a broken throttle cable.... unfortunately in front of the home crowd at Chivenor.  Even so, three seasons, some 75 races with just two retirements speaks volumes for the reliability of this machine, and the stamina of the team.  Notwithstanding these misfortunes, the championship was secured for the third time, this having been done just once before by Roger Lovelock who has since moved on to the World Cup series.

For those who wish to follow the fortunes of the team, a full results table along with a newsfeed will be found above.

Anyone wishing to join the team, or offer sponsorship in any way, can contact them by calling Dennis at the number posted on the Contact Page or by email christopher.turner@tiscali.co.uk.