Built on Success
In the years that followed, the team achieved a number of significant successes. Not least in 2004 when, competing against factory backed opposition (and on a fraction of their budget), they developed the new Kawasaki ZX10-R (from scratch). The bike, although lacking in horsepower, provided one of the best packages in the championship, the achievement was all the more remarkable when you consider there was no technical support from the factory.
Scott Smart & Glen Richards were retained to run the all new ZX10-R taking 3 race wins and numerous podiums and two pole positions, the highlight being a 1st and 2nd at Mallory Park. John McGuiness joined the team for half the season and gained a podium finish at the Brands Hatch round of BSB and finished 2nd at the Ulster GP.
The star of 2004 was Scott Smart, who through his electronic and technical knowledge helped to create a bike that was not only capable of winning races but consistently proved it. Scott demonstrated his zeal for winning (with three victories under his belt) and finished 4th in the championship.
2005 saw the team finish 2nd in the teams championship with Glen Richards and Dean Thomas several podiums during the saw overall rankings of 5th and 6th place.
Throughout 2006, 2007 and 2008 Hawk Racing continued to battle at the highest level of the domestic series fielding riders in several classes including BSB Championship, Superstock, Isle of Man TT and winners of the Scarborough Road Races.
2009 saw John Laverty and Tristan Palmer in British BSB Championship backed up with a rider in each of the Superstock classes 600cc and 1000cc, Luke Stapleford and James Hillier respectively and rounded off with 100% finishing record at the Isle of Man TT with a superb 9th place in Senior TT.
2010 British BSB Championship rising John Laverty was retained and partnered with Adam Jenkinson, with Barry Burrell and Lee Jackson contesting the National Superstock 1000cc series.
In 2011 the team were victorious in the National Superstock 1000 Championship as Richard Cooper won the title.
The team showed strong progress at the start of the 2012 season with Dan Linfoot scoring the team their first top ten finish since switching to BMW machinery. Barry Burrell then gave the team their best finish of the season at Brands Hatch with a fourth place which was continued by Jon Kirkham and James Westmoreland in 2013. The team-mates had gone head-to-head at Donington Park for the final Showdown position, which ‘Westy’ sealed on result countback. The team scored BMW their first MCE BSB pole position at Donington Park.
2014 saw Hawk Racing’s and Buildbase BMWs most successful season to date, during this remarkable season the team won seven British BSB Championship races. Lee Jackson took his first ever Superstock 1000cc win at Thruxton and our Roads Campaign saw Michael Dunlop win the Isle of Man TT Superstock, the Supersport 2, and the Senior, races, with a win and second position at the NW200 on board the Hawk Racing BMW S1000RR.