Podium Joy for SGR Racing
SGR Racing’s Tom Oliver finished the seventh round of the Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship in a hard-fought third place! Giving him his third podium of the season and putting him back into second place in the Championship.
The weekend got off to a tough start with the team suffering from technical problems during free practice on Friday and Oliver was languishing in an unusual 16thplace. The team worked hard through the night to get the SGR Racing Yamaha R6 ready for qualifying on Saturday and they did a great job as Oliver was able to qualify in fourth place on the highly competitive grid.
When racing got underway, it did not disappoint! The riders were swapping places from the off with Oliver holding his own. In the cut and thrust of the race Oliver was forced back to eighth place but that wasn’t a position he would settle for. He regrouped and cut his way back through the pack.
The battle was on between Oliver and Championship leader Dan Stamper. The two swapped places numerous times during the closing laps, however Oliver just pipped him on the line achieving third place by just 0.2 sec.
Tom Oliver said: “What a race, I really enjoyed that! There was no way I was letting a podium position get away from me. As a team we’ve had a difficult weekend with gearbox problems on Friday which took us a lot of time to get sorted out. But the main thing is we pulled through and the bike ran perfect. Last year Thruxton was a great round for us and I lead the race for quite a few laps. Let’s see what we can manage this time round.”
The eighth round of the Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship will take place at Thruxton in Hampshire on 4th – 6th August.
Frustrating Snetteron for Oliver and SGR Racing
The sixth round of the Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship at Snetterton in Norfolk was a frustrating affair for Colchester’s Tom Oliver and his SGR Racing Yamaha Team. What started as a promising weekend unfortunately ended with a DNF to show for all their hard work.
The fast, flat Snetterton circuit is usually a track at which Oliver shines and this weekend he was feeling confident and running at the front, qualifying in a steady eighth position.
Once the lights went out he surged straight into fifth place and battled hard to get into fourth position. Oliver and his SGR Racing Yamaha were on the pace and he really had his work cut out battling closely with his rivals. A podium position was on the cards when unfortunately Oliver tucked the front and went down at the fast Coram bend, thankfully unhurt.
Stephen Kinghorn, Team Owner said: “It really was a shame Tom crashed out but I was just thankful he got up and walked away as that is a very fast corner. The team had been working well all weekend and we felt confident of a podium finish as we know Tom and the bike have the pace. We can take a lot of positives from this weekend and put that all into the next round. I’d like to say a big thank you to Colin from 100% Suspension, he has really helped us a lot.”
Tom Oliver said: “I’m gutted with how it all ended as I was really enjoying the race, it was a good battle. I’m sure we can pull it back at Brands Hatch. It’s just one of those things, thankfully I’m not injured, so I’ll put it behind me and concentrate on Brands Hatch.”
The seventh round of the Pirelli National Superstock Championship is on 21st – 23rd July at Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit in Kent.
Top Ten at Tough Knockhill
The fifth round of the Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship at Knockhill in Scotland was a challenging one for SGR Racing and Tom Oliver who finished in eighth place.
At just 1.3 miles long the Scottish track is short and sharp with some tough turns, which always make for interesting racing and this weekend was no exception. Oliver was confident of a solid qualifying as he headed into the singular session. However, a fall from another rider right in Oliver’s path saw him abandon his hot lap and qualify in 11th place, putting him on the fourth row of the grid.
It was a difficult race from the outset but the Colchester rider got away well and made up a number of places off the line. Unfortunately, another faller had to be avoided on the opening lap and this pushed Oliver out over the rumble strips and he lost the tow to the leading group. He had a tough battle on his hands and finally completed the arduous 22-lap race in eighth place, maintaining second place in the Championship.
Stephen Kinghorn, Team Owner said: “What a weekend, we all worked really hard to get a result in front of all our guests. I’m pleased with Tom’s ride once again as he stayed calm and brought home more points. He was only 0.3secs off pole position, which shows just how close it was. As this is our local round we had over 50 guests there and they loved it. Recently myself, my daughter Georgina and my wife Ruth were features in Inside magazine. We actually had four guys come to the race to watch us thanks to that article. They came and found us in the paddock and wished us well. It was a really lovely moment, thanks to Inside magazine for the great coverage. Also a big thank you to the BSB commentary team both on the radio and TV, they did us proud this weekend.”
Tom Oliver said: “Although we scored points and have maintained second place, it wasn’t the result we had hoped for. Everyone worked really hard but for some reason something just wasn’t falling into place. We had a few set up issues and I was simply trying too hard which was actually slowing me down. Snetterton is up next and we have had a successful test there so I’m hoping for a better result.”
The sixth round of the Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship will take place at Snetterton 300 in Norfolk on June 30th – 2nd July.
Fighting Fifth for SGR Racing
Tom Oliver and SGR Racing had a tough weekend at the fourth round of the Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship, supporting World Superbikes at Donington Park. Despite a free practice crash, the team worked hard and produced a welcome fifth place finish to further consolidate Oliver’s second place in the Championship chase.
A tumble at the Melbourne Loop during free practice left the team with a lot of work to do to the bike, just an hour and a half ahead of qualifying. As always, they pulled together to get the SGR Racing Yamaha back to full racing order, and Oliver headed out into qualifying. He had a good session running in second place, only dropping back to fifth place later in the session. Despite qualifying on the second row Oliver was confident of a solid result.
Once the race got underway Oliver dashed into second place and held third for a number of laps. As the race progressed the earlier crash seemed to be taking it toil as Oliver was struggling to get the bike out of the Melbourne Loop and this was losing him time, which he was doing his level best to make up on the rest of the track. Oliver fought hard to stay with the leading bunch and finished in a fighting fifth place
Tom Oliver said: “That was a tough race and my low side during free practice made for a tough weekend. Thanks to Aston and Steve for getting the bike ready to race in such a short space of time. I’m pleased to get more points and hold onto my second place in the Championship. I’m really looking forward to the challenge of Knockhill as it is such a short and technical track, I hope I can bring home a good result in front of our home crowd. This weekend has been an experience as I got to take part in the World Superbike paddock show, and was interviewed on stage with Michael Hill who also used to race with Steve Kinghorn spannering for him. It was a bit of team history going full circle!”
Stephen Kinghorn, Team Owner said: “Another productive weekend and a very grown up performance from Tom as ever. Having an hour and a half to rebuild the bike was a push but we did it as a team, and Tom repaid us by bringing home even more points. Aston, our brilliant mechanic, worked like a dream, we couldn’t have done it without him. Off the track we had a productive weekend too, we had a visit from Putoline Oils, which was great and a big ‘thank you’ to Fred Clarke and Michael Hill for helping highlight the team! Thanks for all the support we really appreciate it. The next round is our home round at Knockhill and I can’t wait. goes well there and we have a lot of guests coming along to support us – it’s going to be a good one!”
The fifth round of the Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship takes place at Knockhill in Scotland on 16th -18th June.
Tom Oliver finished in third place during the third round of the Pirelli National Superstock 600 race at Oulton Park, and consolidated his second place in the Championship for his SGR Racing Yamaha team.
The undulating Cheshire track is a favourite of Oliver’s so he was keen to make his mark. Qualifying in fourth place at the head of row two was sufficient for him to launch his SGR Racing Yamaha into first place off the line.
Due to inclement weather everyone on the grid had had to make a tough decision regarding tyres, and Oliver opted for a wet front and rear due to the track conditions on the sighting lap. As the lights went out he charged into first place and continued leading on the opening lap. Another rider crashed and his bike landed in the track meaning the safety car had to be deployed so the debris could be cleared. Oliver had to hold his position for two laps until the safety car retired and racing recommenced.
Oliver held the lead for seven laps out of 14 before two other riders, who had taken a gamble on their tyres, were able to make some ground on him. Arthur Sissis, who had started in 17th place, had opted to run a wet front tyre and a dry rear, as had Championship leader, Dan Stamper. As the race progressed the track dried out and Sissis and Stamper caught Oliver’s impressive lead.
With Sissis taking the win and Stamper finishing second, Oliver was promoted to second place in the overall Championship standings.
Stephen Kinghorn, Team Owner said: “What a race that was, it was largely based on a tyre gamble which paid off for two people. Tom stayed calmed and kept putting in consistent lap times to hold on to a podium position. Points are important and he kept his head and got as many as he could. Thanks to his efforts we are now second in the Championship! I’d like to thank everyone who has continued to support us, it means a lot to a small family team and we are thrilled to be giving you these amazing results.”
Tom Oliver said: “It really was a bit of a tyre gamble but for Stamper and Sissis, it paid off. I tried as hard as I could to make the bike as wide a possible but as they had dry rear tyres they had more drive and were able to pass me. I’m really pleased with third place and the points that go with it. I now need to concentrate on catching Dan Stamper now, as he is leading the Championship.”
The fourth round of the Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship will be held at Donington Park WSB round on the 26th to 28th May
The second round of the Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship at Brands Hatch Indy circuit yielded a fifth place finish for Tom Oliver and his SGR Racing Yamaha team.
Oliver had great pace all weekend and secured pole position with a near perfect lap round the challenging 1.2-mile Kent circuit. When the lights went out Oliver jumped straight into the lead, which he maintained for three laps before the hard charging Dan Stamper made his move to take first position.
Running a touch wide at Druids hairpin on lap five allowed the chasing pack to get closer. As the arduous race progressed Oliver found himself dropping back as the pace picked up, settling for a point scoring finish in fifth place. The top five were in a class of their own a full six seconds ahead of the remaining field.
Tom Oliver said: “It was a tough race as I expected, I had the speed but not the strength to challenge. I want to be consistent and keep bringing in the points and that is what I did. I couldn’t believe the lap time I put in to grab pole position every sector was spot on! The next round is at Oulton Park which is one of my favourite circuits so I’ll be giving it my all to challenge for the win.”
Stephen Kinghorn, Team Owner said: “I’m really pleased with our result and Tom rode well. He has been on form all weekend and I know he will keep pushing each time he is on track. We’ve had a lot of support this weekend, which means a lot to us. Thanks to TK Cope for coming along and cheering Tom on, it’s always good to have your boss back you up! We are now looking to Oulton Park to see what we can achieve there. Tom always goes well there so hopefully we will see another podium finish.
The third round of the Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship will take place at Oulton Park in Cheshire on 29th April – 1st May.
Tom Oliver aboard his SGR Racing R6 Yamaha has started his race season in style by giving his team their first podium finish in the Superstock 600 class, at round one of the Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship at Donington Park. The fast Colchester rider came over the line in second place, securing 20 points and making SGR Racing history!
The Morpeth based family-run team got the weekend off to a flying start with Oliver placing the SGR Racing Yamaha in pole position ahead of the opening race. When the lights went out he scythed his way into the lead and stayed there for a brilliant six laps.
During this time the competition had been creeping closer and pushed Oliver back to second place. On lap ten the race got even more dramatic as Oliver was forced back to third place and at one point he and his two fellow competitors where three-abreast into the Esses chicane. It was heart-stopping stuff!
On lap 11 Oliver made his way back into second place and stayed there for the remaining laps. He was consistently fast during the final three laps but opted to keep second place and bag 20 points instead of pushing for a win and perhaps crashing out.
Stephen Kinghorn, Team Owner said: “What a cracking start to the season! I’m thrilled that Tom has given us our first pole position and podium finish in this class. He is a talented and smart rider, I was pleased he settled for second and took the points. We have a lot of racing to do and points mean a lot. I must say a big ‘thank you’ to all our sponsors and supporters. I need to give the Business Hub a shout-out as they have been instrumental in helping me pull in our sponsorship. I’m absolutely buzzing.”
Tom Oliver said: “I don’t think it has sunk in yet. I’m so happy to have given SGR their first podium finish in Superstock 600. I’ve got to thank my Dad, Aston and everyone at SGR Racing as they have been instrumental in making this happen. Also thanks to 100% Suspension, Moto Gear, TK Cope, Anglia Fixings and Putoline Oils. It’s a long season so I went for the points as that is what will count. It was a tough race and I had to make myself relax with ten laps to go and it worked. I want to carry this momentum into Brand Hatch where hopefully we can score more points and pick up another podium finish for SGR Racing.”
The second round of the Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship will take place at the Brands Hatch Indy circuit in Kent on 15th – 17th April.
Tom Oliver has been putting his SGR Racing Yamaha through its paces during pre-season testing, while Team Manager Stephen Kinghorn has been working hard on pulling in sponsorship.
Oliver recently travelled to Andalucia in Spain where he consistently lapped at the top of the time sheets in preparation for the start of the season. He was pleased with his pace and felt like he had picked up where he had left off at the end of 2016. He also completed the official BSB preseason test at Donington Park, where he was running in first place during the third session ahead of Supersport bikes!
And while Oliver has been getting up to speed, Stephen Kinghorn would like to welcome the following businesses to the SGR Racing family:
Spectrum Culture Exchange
Alnwick Auto Centre
Stars Learning Centre
Tom said: “It was great to get back out on the bike and I must say my SGR Racing Yamaha was flying. After our results last year I’m sure we can do even better this year. Steve has worked really hard to get our sponsors onboard, and I’m thrilled to be able to welcome so many new businesses to SGR Racing.”
Stephen said: “We are really happy to have retained the bulk of our sponsors from last year and some have even increased their level of support like Putoline Oils. I’m also pleased to welcome the new businesses onboard. I want them to feel part of the team and enjoy the experience and coverage we can provide for them. They are mostly small businesses so I understand how important it is to see a return on their investment. We at SGR Racing will do our utmost to ensure they get the return they need to continue with us in the future. Here’s to 2017, can’t wait to get to Donington Park.”
The first round of the Pirelli National Superstock 600 championship is at Donington Park on 31st March – 2nd April.
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As the 2017 season is nearly underway SGR are looking forward to another great year in the BSB Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship, for the second year in succession Tom Oliver will be aboard the R6 Yamaha.
With host of new and exciting sponsors this year plans to be the best yet.
Points Scoring Oulton Park for Oliver and SGR Racing
The 10th round of the Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship at Oulton Park in Cheshire, saw Tom Oliver on his SGR Racing Yamaha finish in 11thplace and move to ninth overall in the championship.
Qualifying went well at the undulating circuit with Oliver putting the Yamaha into fourth place at the front of row two. The 12 lap race was action packed and Oliver got away well, slotting straight into third place off the line. By Shell hairpin he had moved up to second place.
The Colchester rider has shown great form by running at the front in recent races and Oulton was no exception. As the race progressed however he felt like the bike was going away from him and it didn’t have the same feel it had during qualifying. This made it difficult to maintain the fast pace he had at the beginning of the race.
Tom Oliver said: “Overall it’s been a good weekend I’m just disappointed not to have finished further up in the race. The bike felt different and as the race went on it was difficult to hold my line. I’m pleased to have scored more points and moved into the top ten in the championship overall. Next weekend is Donington Park so I’ll concentrate on that now.”
Stephen Kinghorn Team Owner said: “I’m really proud of Tom, he rode a mature race and scored more points. He has also shown his potential to run at the front. We will go away and see what we can find for next weekend at Donington Park. We had a lot of support this weekend from team sponsors and friends who came to Oulton to wish us well. We really appreciated their support and it was great to introduce SIG and Excelsior Services to the race Paddock.”