SMIDSY Promised that something special on our Facebook and Twitter would be coming! So here it is: Our latest blog post is about the very much up and coming Annabel Thomas (Abbz) of Four Anjels Racing. We are proud to be helping to publicise the rise of this amazing young lady and we will be keeping in touch, and looking to help spread the word and support for her!
Annabel is fairly new to racing so it could be said she has come a long way in short space of time. She has grown up in the Superbike and road racing paddocks with her father managing the Four Anjels Racing team competing in Superbikes, Stock 1000’s and international road races worldwide. Bikes were just something dad worked on whilst she played with her friends on the paddock, then one day in 2014 The four Anjels team owner Steve Greenhalgh had booked his son on a mini moto come and try day, and Annabel was asked if she fancied a go. She borrowed some leathers that were far too big, gaffer taped them up and went out and Within a handful of laps it was obvious she was enjoying it, she was knee down carving her way through the pack, genuinely fast from the off, Steve turned to dad and said ‘your life’s just got more expensive!’
Steve immediately went and brought Abbz a mini moto to race on, but after trying a pit bike and again taking to it immediately, she decided to race the bigger bike as it was so much faster and so much fun! She finished on the podium twice in her first ever race meeting at the British Mini Bike Championship, a series where she went on to win many races, podiums and indeed two British junior titles.
In 2016 she wanted to try herself against a wider spread of competition, and took wild card rides in the Nora Sport Supermoto Series at Cadwell Park, and amazed everyone by finishing top rookie in her class with two Third Places, beating a field of adults in the process. Then in July she took part in the Cool Fab Pit bike 140 championship at Whilton Mill, and racing in the adult class again, became the first female to win a Cool Fab series race and take the overall win for the weekend.
For 2017 she was looking at several options from superteens to supermoto, when a team from the British Superbike Championship offered her a ride in the Santander KTM RC Cup. When a delighted dad told Four Anjels Owner Steve, the boss man said no way, she races for us! So in 2017 Annabel stepped up to British Superbike KTM RC Cup for the Four Anjels Racing Team and has again blown us away. She has been top rookie in every round, and delighted race fans with her determination to push beyond that and challenge the top boys, amounting in her top rookie finish in the championship, and the only rookie to regularly hit the top six.
Abbz also took part in the inaugural Moto GP British Talent Cup at Silverstone and impressed the organisers, with her undoubted speed after such little experience, earning herself a position in the BTC squad as first reserve, which she is hoping to get stuck into and again demonstrated her speed, on bike similar to which she will be racing in BSB.
Abbz still has racing firmly in mind when away from the paddock, attending the local gym regularly, and riding her pit bike whenever she can. She still finds time to hang out with her friends from school, listen to music, she loves sleeping and simply adores micro pigs! trying daily to convince her parents to buy her one, or 7!
She attends Brook Westone School in Corby who are fantastic with supporting her racing, and take pride that one of their students is performing so well at this level, and she loves going to school, with her recently choosing her options for study, she focusses on sport, and would like to become a sports teacher, but only as a backup – As Annabel very determined to make the grade in racing!
Abbz has received a lot of local support as well as the backing from Four Anjels, and the Evening Telegraph reports on all her racing activities, with local companies such as Stanair helping out, RGS Motorbikes and Motogear supplying her riding equipment, she has been attentive with her social media, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and highlighting this support.
For 2018 Annabel has stepped up to British superbike Moto 3 standard class, on a Honda NSF250R, again she will start as a rookie but is determined to make a big impression! She is due to start testing the new bike in Spain mid-February at Guadix Circuit and then onto Cartagena to gauge herself against her competition in the BSB Pro tests, before starting the 2018 season.
We can only imagine how proud her family and friends are of her, and it is very clear to us that we will be hearing a lot about Abbz in the coming years. SMIDSY certainly hopes to be the ones reporting first on her success. She is an inspiration to young girls everywhere and her story has already sparked an interest in racing from my own daughter!
Onwards and upwards Abbz – all the best from the SMIDSY team, we look forward to hearing more of your adventures! Hopefully our writer will be a step closer to be as good as you once he has completed his training at the Ron Haslam Race School.