ANDY Guy will be the first to admit he’s no spring chicken, but says he still has boxes left to tick as he moves into the Thundersport paddock next year.
The Boltonian took No Limits Racing’s Club 600 title two rounds early this season, but was then forced to park up in an effort to save funds for 2018 with plans to step into the Elite ranks to battle some of the fastest club racers in the country.
And despite feeling that retirement isn’t far off, Guy still has plenty of goals to meet before he’s ready to pack in racing all together, including a debut at the Manx Grand Prix.
“I’m getting close to the end of my career now,” he told UK Clubsport. “We only started racing three years ago and were only ever meant to come and have a go and a few laughs, but it’s ended up taking a much more serious and consuming turn.”
“I think there’s another three or four years left in us, but I want to race the roads soon and I don’t have the time off from work or the funds to do both a full short circuit season and a roads campaign.
“After the 2018 season we will be focusing more on roads and aiming at the Manx for 2019, so I wanted to make the switch to Thundersport this year to have my last year in sprint racing.
Although he collected 24 podium finishes and 13 wins in 35 races with NLR, Guy admits he doesn’t have any illusions about the speed of the Elite 600 class.
“No Limits is an amazing club and it will always be my club – the people there are awesome – but we need to try ourselves at the pinnacle with the toughest competition in our class,” the 37 year old said.
“I’m confident of regular podiums and hopefully wins in the Sportsman class, and I’ll be happy to finish in the top five in the Elite class.
“We did also want to run at Oliver’s Mount in 2018 to get our foot in the door with the roads. Unfortunately, every single round clashes with the Thundersport calendar so that will have to wait until 2019.”
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