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