World Stage Yields Top Ten for Oliver
The fourth round of the Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship, at Donington Park, supporting WorldSBK Acerbis UK, was the setting for Tom Oliver’s third top ten finish of the season, coming over the line on his SGR Racing Yamaha in ninth place.
The family run team from Morpeth, was thrilled at the opportunity to be supporting a World series, and got to work preparing the SGR Racing Yamaha for the flowing bends and tight turns of Donington Park. During the singular qualifying session, Oliver and the team worked hard and qualified in 12th place, ahead of what turned out to be another dramatic race.
When the lights went out the drama began with a start line crash, this lead to the Safety Car being deployed for two laps. Once the Safety Car pulled in Oliver was able to settle into his race and worked his way into the leading group.
Unfortunately, a small mistake at the Melbourne Loop cost the Colchester rider some time and he dropped off the back of the leading group. However, he kept his consistent race pace to bring the SGR Racing Yamaha home in a healthy ninth place, and scored more points.
Round 4 Donington Park
Tom Oliver said: “I was really lucky not to get tangled up in the start line crash. Once the Safety Car went in I felt comfortable and got up to eighth place. I unfortunately missed a gear at the Loop and that caused me to drop back a little losing the group in front. But I settled back into the race and maintained my top ten position. I’m happy with the result and I’m looking forward to a bit of a break before we head north to Knockhill, which is SGR’s local race so we will have a lot of support there.”
Stephen Kinghorn, Team Owner said: “It’s been another great weekend and I’m really pleased with how well Tom raced. He used his head and after missing the gear he was able to get back into his rhythm and bring it home inside the top ten again. I’d like to thank EBC Brakes, as the second part of the track at Donington is very start stop and we needed their stopping power. I can’t wait to get to Knockhill as it is local for us and we can bring along our sponsors and friends who have been supporting us. Once again I’d like to thank everyone who is contributing to the team, we appreciate all their efforts as we wouldn’t be here without them.”
The fifth round of the Pirelli National Superstock Championship takes place at Knockhill in Scotland on 24th – 26th June.