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.