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World Superbike

One of the most memorable races in Jack Valentine's career was as Race Team Manager for V&M Honda at the Brands Hatch round of the 1997 World Superbike Championship.

Michael Ruttter was riding for the team aboard a Honda RC45 - and he more than lived up to his nickname of "rainman". As a wildcard entry at the event Rutter finished third on aggregate timing despite crossing the finish line ahead of the pack.

During the first leg of the race in dry conditions, Rutter failed to make a huge impression. However, on the second leg of the race, the V&M Honda rider passed experienced World Superbike campaigner Carl Fogarty and took the race lead in what was a sensational wet weather performance.

The podium finish was proof that V&M Honda were competitive at a world-class level in short circuit racing.

This was further proved in 2000 when the V&M Yamaha team entered Jim Moodie as a wild-card rider in World Supersport. The experienced rider qualified on the front row of the grid and led the race for half a lap before finishing in fourth position.