Thundersport GB: Emotional Sportsman 600 title for retiring Guy

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SPORTSMAN rider Andy Guy’s early-season plans to retire were made a bit more difficult this weekend after taking an emotional championship victory.

With two wins and a third in class to cap off his racing career, the family man says he’s still intent on selling up after reaching what he said was as far as he was going.

Back in August, just a fortnight on from taking the Aintree Formula 600 championship, Guy announced he would be calling time on his racing exploits at the end of 2018.

Thumbs up from us too, champ...
Thumbs up from us too, champ…

But even after stepping off the podium with what looks to be his final motorbike racing title in hand, he told UK Clubsport he knows when to call it quits.

“I think we’ve gone as far as we’re going,” he told UK Clubsport. “The Isle of Man was the aim, but money has just become a bad thing. Racing at this end of the game is ridiculous and I don’t earn a lot.

“We were always retiring this year from short circuits to go after the roads, but then a lot of what’s gone on this year with the Isle of Man has put me off a little. I’ve got a family now, and I’ve got to be happy with what I’ve done.

“We got two championships this year and one last year, all of which we never expected so it’s hard to complain. Everything’s going – van, bike, caravan, the works. If I do get a bike it’ll be something to go to the café on.”

Although he said the championship meant a lot to both his family and team, Guy admitted his decision hadn’t been swayed by the title win.

“I don’t know if it does make me rethink anything really. Maybe if we’d done the roads it could’ve been different. Maybe if we had been doing Oliver’s Mount like we planned this year, it would’ve ignited a fire to continue on.

“April was crying, my dad was crying, I don’t cry but it’s pretty emotional. I think it had to run its course. I’ve hardly even had a bad injury, I’ve only ever had bruises.

“You’ve got thank your lucky stars and quit while you’re ahead at some point.”

*Click here for results from Thundersport GB at Snetterton

*Images: Colin Port

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