This weekend the British Championship came from Thruxton for round 7 of the championship.
Once again the weather was brilliant and we had sunshine all weekend. This meant high track temperatures and even higher for the riders once race ready in their race suits.
In the Supersport class we had all the J&S sponsored riders in action on Friday for free practice. Unfortunately Harry Truelove didn't make it into qualifying and we hope he makes a return at the next round.
Qualifying was action packed with riders changing places all the time. Ross Twyman had a mixed session and started the first race from 14th on the grid. David Allingham started from the middle of the 3rd row in 8th place, and Jamie Perrin started from the outside of the second row in 6th position. Both he and David were only 0.4 of a second away from the pole time, it was really close.
In race one all of the riders made places and improved from the starting positions. Ross moved up from 14th and crossed the line 9th overall but was classed as the 7th Supersport machine to finish. David gained 1 place by coming home 7th overall and 5th in the Supersport class. Jamie came home in 6th place overall and only just missed out on the Supersport podium by being the 4th placed 600cc bike to cross the line.
Jamie set the fastest lap of the race with a time of 1min 17.681 second, which meant he would start race 2 from pole.
All the action for race 2 took place in the morning warm up for 2 of our riders. Both Ross Twyman and David Allingham were both involved in a crash and were unable to take part in the second race due to injuries. Ross was knocked out during the crash and David sustained a hand injury. We wish them a speedy recovery.
Our last standing rider was Jamie Perrin. In race 2 Jamie took the whole shot and led going into the first corner. A race long battle developed within the leading group of riders, as the race went into the later stages Jamie was in a 5 rider battle for the final podium place overall. Unfortunately, there was a accident on lap 16 which brought out the red flag which meant that the race was declared.
Jamie was classed as the 4th bike to cross the line overall and that meant the he was classed as the 3rd Supersport rider to finish and made the podium. It's a great result for Jamie who is now fully fit after breaking a few bones in his foot which has hampered him for the last few races.
Onto the Superstock 1000 class. A crash for Andy Reid in free practice on Friday ruled him out of the entire weekend. He has badly injured both his wrists, this is even more bad luck for Andy as he was just coming back after having a crash at the Knockhill round in which he damaged his wrist there too and sat out the previous round at Brands Hatch. Get well soon Andy!!!
Onto the qualifying session and the field were tightly packed together. Pole was set with a time of 1min 17.090 seconds. Joe Collier qualified in 6th place with a time of 1min 17.775 seconds. Billy McConnell started from the middle of the third row with a time of 1min 17.876 seconds, this meant that the top 8 were covered by less than 1 second.
In the one and only race for the Superstock class this weekend Joe managed to hold onto his starting position and finished in 6th place. It was a tough race and it really came down to who could manage the tyre wear better. These guys race on what are modified road tyres to cope with the constant high speeds of the 1000cc bikes.
Billy McConnell finished in 4th place but was only 0.239 seconds off the podium. The championship is starting to tighten up now, the gap between the top 3 riders now only 15 points, with Keith Farmer leading the way with Joe in second and Billy in 3rd.
In the Motostar championship it was a great weekend for Taylor Fox Moreton. He qualified 11th overall but 1st in his class by over a second. In race one, young Taylor came home in 9th overall but led his class from start to finish to secure his first win of the season. His good form over weekend continued in race 2. It was like waiting for a bus for Taylor, as he had waited a while for his first win of this season and then 2 arrived at once for him as he stormed to another win in the second race. This time the race win was cemented by taking the class victory by over 10 seconds and crossing the line 11th overall.
In the Superbike class we had mixed results for Gino Rea and Luke Mossey. Gino was improving in each session with his times and making his way up the timing sheets. But in qualifying he could only manage 16th place, this was mainly down to a clutch issue which hampered him and stopped him getting out and setting a faster time. Luke Mossey was going great guns and was very close to claiming pole position, only missing out by 0.032 of second. He started race one from second on the grid with a time of 1min 14.597 seconds.
In race one Gino failed to finish as his OMG racing Suzuki had a technical issue and Gino pulled into the pits on lap 13. Luke was away at the front and had 2 second lead halfway through the race but tyre issues kicked in and the other rides slowly reeled him in and unfortunately he finished in 7th place, but all was not lost as Luke had managed t set the fastest lap of the race and he would start race 2 from pole position.
In race 2 Gino was working hard as ever and came home in 17th place once again just missing out a few championship points, the results are getting better for Gino this season and his efforts are not really being rewarded with the points he deserves. Luke came home in 8th place and scored some more points, after a few struggling rounds with crashes and machine failures Luke is looking like he is back to his normal self and being back up the sharp end of the field.
In other news Joe Francis was out racing in India as part of the Asian Supersport championship. Joe started race one from 16th place, but he encountered machine problems and had to retire on lap 11. It was the same scenario in race 2 as Joe once again had to retire on lap 11. It's bad luck for Joe has he has had a long break between races, and it's also such a long way to travel. Fingers crossed his fortunes change at the next round.
The next round of the British Superbike Championship come from Cadwell Park for the round billed as ‘The party in the park' The circuit which is in Lincolnshire has the infamous ‘mountain' section where the bikes get completely airborne. The round is held from 17th – 19th August.
That's all from me for now once again thanks for reading.