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.”
Top Ten Finish for Oliver ad SGR Racing
The ninth round of the Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship at Cadwell Park saw Tom Oliver aboard his SGR Racing Yamaha finish in a superb eighth place.
The Colchester youngster put in consistent laps during qualifying at the undulating Lincolnshire track securing eighth place on the grid. Oliver didn’t get the start he had hoped for and was soon swallowed up by the pack. However, he dug deep and fought his way through to the back of the leading group.
A couple of hairy moments saw Oliver save his SGR Racing Yamaha from crashing out of the action, however these moments cost him vital time. The 12 lap race was red flagged at eight laps due to a crash at Charlies. With the shortened race distance Oliver was unable to progress any further and had to settle for eighth place.
Tom Oliver said: “I’m well happy with our result. I got a bad start and gave myself a lot of work but I was closing in on the leading group as the race progressed. I felt comfortable on the bike and it was working really well. I’m confident we can be at the sharp end at Oulton Park as we had a good result there earlier in the year.”
Stephen Kinghorn, Team Owner said: “Tom’s lap times were really consistent during the race and he was making great progress, it’s just a shame the race stopped four laps early. I’m really pleased with this weekend, everyone worked hard and worked together for another great result. We are all really looking forward to Oulton Park where we believe we can get another top result. Bring it on!”
The tenth round of the Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship is on 9th-11th September at Oulton Park in Cheshire.
Tough Brands Hatch for SGR Racing and Oliver
The eighth round of the Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship at Brands Hatch turned into a gremlin filled nightmare for Tom Oliver and his SGR Racing Yamaha team.
From the outset Oliver found himself languishing down in 21st position during first qualifying, an unusual positon for the talented rider and capable North East team. After a few changes to the bike overnight he moved up just one positon or qualifying two.
As unusual issues with the machine continued the team worked hard to rectify the problem and in morning warm-up Oliver was in sixth position. Feeling the bike had improve the decision was taken to race.
Off the line Oliver got away well and was in 16th place an impressive start gaining four places off the line for a number of laps. He soon found his rhythm and progressed to 12th place. Unfortunately, as the race progressed he was unable to keep with the group he had been racing with and dropped off the pack finishing in an uncharacteristic 17th pace, and sadly just outside the points.
Tom Oliver said: “I wasn’t expecting to be so far down the grid after our great showing at Thruxton. You just don’t know when things like this can kick in. We all worked hard together to rectify the problems and I know we will have sorted it out be Cadwell Park. I can’t wait to get to the mountain circuit.”
Stephen Kinghorn, Team Owner said: “It really had been a tough weekend. The bike has been running sweet all year and was fastest through the speed traps at Thruxton. To come to Brands Hatch and have a wealth of issues was unexpected. All we can do is regroup and look to the next round at Cadwell Park at the end of August.”
The ninth round of the Pirelli National Superstock 600 class takes place at Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire on 27th-29th August.