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.