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.