Cadwell Park Round 9

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.p944145788-4

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.”p842268038-4

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.

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Brands Hatch Round 8

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.

2016 British Superbike Championship, BSB R07, Brands Hatch, Kent. 7th August 2016. Tom Oliver, Colchester, SGR Racing

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.”

tk1_4821Stephen 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.

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Thruxton Round 7

Fighting Fifth for Oliver and SGR Racing at Thruxton

The fastest circuit on the BSB calendar yielded Tom Oliver and SGR Racing’s best result to date. The Colchester rider finished in fifth place at the seventh round off the Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship.

TK5_4583Having struggled with arm pump during the early part of the season Oliver opted to have the operation. This took place on Wednesday 20th July just ten days ahead of the race at Thruxton. The progress since his operation have been very positive as Oliver headed the time sheets during free practice and first qualifying. He slipped slightly down the order during second qualifying and started from fifth place on the highly competitive grid.

When the lights went out Oliver got a good start and slotted into fifth place quickly progressing to third place. On lap three he got good drive through the back section of the course and took the lead!

As is the nature of the racing at Thruxton the riders jostle for position and slipstream one another so positions change frequently. Oliver dropped back to third place and was lucky to avoid a two rider crash right in front of him through the chicane.

On lap six of the 14 lap race the SGR rider got severely beaten up and lost four places that coupled with the recent arm pump operation it was difficult to fight back. However, not being one to give up easily he dug deep and caught back up to the leading pack. Oliver came over the line in sixth place, however due to a front running rider being disqualified he was promoted to fifth place overall and securing an 11 point haul.

Tom Oliver said: “I got a good start and got away with the leading pack which is essential round here. I got a good draft and ended up leading the race – it was a great feeling. Later in the race I got a bit duffed up but I fought back to sixth, I heard after the race that I moved up to fifth overall due to a disqualification, I feel for the rider involved. Now I’ve got the arm pump sorted and I’m recovering well from the operation I can get back to the gym and keep the momentum going. I’ve now had a taste of leading the race in such a high quality field I want that feeling to continue. Our next round is at Brands Hatch and I usually go well there so we shall see what happens. I’m really happy with how this weekend went.”

Stephen Kinghorn, Team Owner said: “We knew it would be a challenging weekend following the arm pump operation but to come back and lead the race was just amazing. I’ve got to say a big thank you to the BSB Medical team who helped us sort out the operation which was carried out at the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Gateshead. Considering Thruxton is the furthest round for us as we live in Morphet, the support we have had has been immense. I can’t thank our supporters and sponsors enough. We also had a lot of coverage on the track side commentary and BSB Radio which we appreciate.”

The eighth round of the Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship takes place at Brands Hatch in Kent on 5th-7th August.

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Snetterton Round 6

Difficult Snetterton for Oliver

The sixth round of the Pirelli National Superstock 600 class at Snetterton in Norfolk was a tough one for SGR Racing and Tom Oliver who finished in 17th place.

During wet free practice and the wet second qualifying session, Oliver aboard his Yamaha, was running at the front and was fastest on track. However, first dry qualifying was a different story as his arm pump issue re-occurred and he qualified in 15th place based on the time set in that session.

IMG_1334The hard working Morpeth based team were hoping for a wet race but that was not to be. Oliver from Colchester, got away well making up five places from the off. Unfortunately, his ongoing battle with arm pump continued, seeing him drop down the order to an uncharacteristic 17th place.

Arm pump is a common issue in racing it occurs when the forearm muscles enlarge due to exercise but are restricted by the fascia surrounding them, leaving riders with no feeling, or strength to grip.

This is the first time since the start of the race season that Oliver and SGR Racing have finished outside the points. They are now looking on the positives from the meeting and preparing for round seven at Thruxton in two weeks’ time.

Tom Oliver said: “I’ve really been struggling with arm pump this season and this weekend at Snetterton it really had a negative impact. I’m going to have the arm pump operation soon as I need to be able to race and not worry about it. On the plus side the bike and team are working well and I enjoy racing at Thruxton so I’m looking to that now.”

Stephen Kinghorn Team Owner said: “It was unfortunate that Tom suffered so badly with arm pump as he was flying during both wet sessions and really showed his potential. I’m pleased he is having the operation to sort this out as I’m confident it will see him progress to the front of the field as I know what a talented rider he is. Thanks to everyone for their continued support and to BSB Radio for some amazing coverage this weekend. As a team we’d like to wish Caleb Smith a speedy recovery following his crash- get well soon.”

The seventh round of the Pirelli National Superstock 600 class will take place a Thruxton 22nd – 24th July.

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Knockhill Round 5

More Points for Oliver and SGR Racing

Round five of the Pirelli National Superstock 600 class saw Tom Oliver finish in the points once again at Knockhill, in Scotland, in treacherous conditions aboard his SGR Racing R6 Yamaha.

2016 British Superbike Championship, BSB R04, Knockhill, Fife. 26th June 2016. Tom Oliver, Colchester, SGR Racing

2016 British Superbike Championship, BSB R05, Knockhill, Fife. 26th June 2016. Tom Oliver, Colchester, SGR Racing

The Colchester rider had never raced on the tight, undulating and challenging Scottish track, however Oliver settled into both qualifying sessions in different and difficult conditions, qualifying in 11th place after both sessions. SGR Racing from Morpeth were keen for a point scoring result as this is their local race.

As race day dawned the weather had not improved and the race set off in dry but unsettled conditions.  Off the line Oliver settled into a strong position following a difficult start. He worked his way forward to 10th place as the race progressed.

However, as conditions deteriorated Oliver backed off and raced a very sensible race to ensure more championship points. The race was stopped due to rain on lap 15 of 22 and Oliver brought his SGR Racing Yamaha home in a point scoring 14th position.

Tom Oliver said: “It really was a tough race. I’ve never been to Knockhill before so I had to learn the track. It’s not an easy track to get to grips with plus the weather was awful. I wanted a better result however, I brought it home in the points despite the difficult conditions. The next round is Snetterton, a track I know so I’m sure we can do much better. Everyone worked really hard so I was pleased to score some points.”

2016 British Superbike Championship, BSB R04, Knockhill, Fife. 25th June 2016.  Tom Oliver, Colchester, SGR Racing

2016 British Superbike Championship, BSB R05, Knockhill, 

Stephen Kinghorn, Team Manager, said: “I’m really proud of Tom this weekend. He has never raced at Knockhill before and he did a great job. It’s a tough track to learn plus the weather is always so changeable here. He rode a very sensible and grown up race to once again be consistent and score more points.”

The sixth round of the Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship is at Snetterton in Norfolk on 8th – 10th July.

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Donington Park Round 4

World Stage Yields Top Ten for Oliver

The fourth round of the Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship, at Donington Park, supporting WorldSBK Acerbis UK, was the setting for Tom Oliver’s third top ten finish of the season, coming over the line on his SGR Racing Yamaha in ninth place.

The family run team from Morpeth, was thrilled at the opportunity to be supporting a World series, and got to work preparing the SGR Racing Yamaha for the flowing bends and tight turns of Donington Park. During the singular qualifying session, Oliver and the team worked hard and qualified in 12th place, ahead of what turned out to be another dramatic race.

When the lights went out the drama began with a start line crash, this lead to the Safety Car being deployed for two laps. Once the Safety Car pulled in Oliver was able to settle into his race and worked his way into the leading group.

2016 World Superbike Championship, SBK R07, Donington Park, Derbyshire. UK. 29th May 2016. Tom Oliver, Colchester, SGR Racing

Unfortunately, a small mistake at the Melbourne Loop cost the Colchester rider some time and he dropped off the back of the leading group. However, he kept his consistent race pace to bring the SGR Racing Yamaha home in a healthy ninth place, and scored more points.

Round 4 Donington Park
Tom Oliver said: “I was really lucky not to get tangled up in the start line crash. Once the Safety Car went in I felt comfortable and got up to eighth place. I unfortunately missed a gear at the Loop and that caused me to drop back a little losing the group in front. But I settled back into the race and maintained my top ten position. I’m happy with the result and I’m looking forward to a bit of a break before we head north to Knockhill, which is SGR’s local race so we will have a lot of support there.”

Stephen Kinghorn, Team Owner said: “It’s been another great weekend and I’m really pleased with how well Tom raced. He used his head and after missing the gear he was able to get back into his rhythm and bring it home inside the top ten again. I’d like to thank EBC Brakes, as the second part of the track at Donington is very start stop and we needed their stopping power. I can’t wait to get to Knockhill as it is local for us and we can bring along our sponsors and friends who have been supporting us. Once again I’d like to thank everyone who is contributing to the team, we appreciate all their efforts as we wouldn’t be here without them.”

The fifth round of the Pirelli National Superstock Championship takes place at Knockhill in Scotland on 24th – 26th June.

Brands Hatch Round 3

Sensational Sixth at Brands Hatch for Oliver
Tom Oliver raced his SGR Racing Yamaha to a superb sixth place at round three of the Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship, at Brands Hatch in Kent.

The Morpeth based family team worked hard ahead of qualifying to give the Colchester rider what he needed from the R6 Yamaha. The effort paid off when he qualified in ninth place on the technical Indy circuit.

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Off the line Oliver got away well, unfortunately the 22 lap race was red flagged on the first lap due to an incident. The re-started race was reduced to 18 laps and once again Oliver got off the line well and slotted in with the front group. However, the Safety Car had to be deployed on track mid-way through the race, and when it came back into pit lane Oliver didn’t get away as well as he would have liked.

The gritty 20-year old dug deep and battled his way from 12th through to a solid top ten finish and scored even more championship points, placing him in tenth place overall.

 

Tom Oliver said: “I’m well happy with the result! I got away well in the first part of the race but then it was red flagged and we had some time sitting in pit lane. Second start I also got away well but there were a lot of crashes so the Safety Car had to come out. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a good run when it went back in and I dropped off the front group. I worked my way to the front of the chasing group and fought hard to the end. I’m really pleased with the result, the bike and team are working well and I can’t wait to get to round four, next weekend at Donington Park supporting World Superbikes.”

Stephen Kinghorn, Team Owner said: “That was a nerve wracking race! Tom was in the thick of things at the start and got bumped around a lot. His race pace was superb and he rode well in what was a chaotic race! The team has really gelled and I feel we are now getting into our stride. We are all pulling in the same direction and it is great to see everyone enjoying the racing. Tom is a tremendous rider and he did us all proud today. We are all now looking to Donington Park which will be exciting for sure.”

The fourth round of the Pirelli National Superstock 600 championship will be supporting the WorldSBK Acerbis UK Round, at Donington Park on 27th – 29th May.

Putoline supporting SGR Racing

Putoline Oils backs SGR Racing for 2016 season

 

SGR Racing is pleased to announce that Putoline Oils will be providing product sponsorship for 2016.

Pultoline Oil

Putoline Oils has been in production for 45 years providing the best quality of motorcycle lubricants worldwide.

Stephen Kinghorn, Team Owner said: “I’m over the moon to have Putoline back us for the 2016 season. As a small family run team we appreciate any help we get and product sponsorship means a lot to us. I always run my machines on Putoline as their product development is based on feedback from racing so it is the ideal lubricant.”

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Oulton Park Round 2

Top Ten finish for Oliver and SGR Racing at Oulton Park

Tom Oliver on his SGR Racing Yamaha achieved a ninth place finish at a very wet Oulton Park for round two of the Pirelli National Superstock 600 class, both he and the team were thrilled with the result.

Heading into the second round of the championship the Morpeth based family team was keen to pick up a top ten finish, and Colchester’s Oliver delivered just that. The British weather hindered qualifying at the picturesque Cheshire circuit making it an interesting affair. Damp to drying conditions in both sessions made for difficult qualifying, however Oliver kept his head and qualified in 11th place on the highly competitive grid.

The weather deteriorated further for race day and as the grid lined up ready to race heavy rain came down. This caused the race to be delayed as it wasn’t safe to start and it was reduced from 14 laps to nine.

2016 British Superbike Championship, BSB R02 Oulton Park Tom Oliver

2016 British Superbike Championship, BSB R02 Oulton ParkTom Oliver

Oliver got a good start and immediately slotted into eighth place amongst the leading group. He held this position for a number of laps until a problem developed with his visor. Unable to see clearly Oliver backed off slightly and settled into tenth position for a number of laps. With three laps to go Oliver’s visor issue improved sufficiently for him to make a move on Sam Thompson the rider in front of him, and he progressed into ninth position down through Cascades bends. He rode a sensible race to maintain this top ten finish and bag more championship points.

Tom Oliver said: “It was a tough race but I got away well with the front group. My SGR Racing Yamaha was working superbly and I felt we had the potential to get a podium. With the poor conditions my visor fogged up really badly. I would like to think if this hadn’t happened I could have finished on the podium, however it was a good result in very changeable conditions. Brands Hatch Indy circuit is the next round and I’m sure we can keep the top ten momentum going.”

Stephen Kinghorn Team Owner said: “I’m chuffed with how well this race weekend has gone. The weather made it difficult going for everyone but Tom stayed cool and calm throughout and did what he needed to get the result we had been aiming for. We had a new sponsor come onboard this past week so I was pleased we could reward SIG PLC with our first top ten finish so far this season. Thanks once again to everyone who has supported us and cheered us on our way, it is very much appreciated. I’m really looking forward to Brands Hatch, I can’t wait to see what we can achieve.”

Round three of the Pirelli National Superstock 600 championship is at Brands Hatch on the Indy circuit on May 20th -22nd.

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New sponsor SIG

SGR Racing welcomes SIG PLC onboard

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SGR Racing is thrilled to welcome SIG PLC onboard as a new sponsor.
The Sheffield based company, who is a leading distributor of specialist building products in the UK, Ireland and Europe, has joined forces with the Morpeth based family team, to assist with their Pirelli National Superstock 600 challenge.

As a company that operates across the UK, Ireland and Europe, SIG felt that SGR Racing offered them a great shop window to potential clients in the building trade through the amount of press overage generated by the British Superbike Championship.

Jonathan Young, Director-General Manager at SIG PLC said: “I was already aware of SGR Racing and I’ve seen how hard the team is working for its sponsors and everyone involved. I put SGR Racing forward to our board of directors as a valid marketing option and the board was delighted to be involved. Motorcycle racing is very dynamic and exciting which fits well with our business. We also appreciate the family side of the team too that is keeping everyone driving forward to succeed.”

Stephen Kinghorn, Team Owner said: “We are thrilled that a big company like SIG PLC has seen the potential in SGR Racing. We have been working hard behind the scenes to make sure everything is right for this year, and that is all coming together now. We have just completed a very successful test at Oulton Park, with Tom Oliver dialling the bike in and circulating mostly in the top ten during all sessions. We have an exciting season ahead with Tom and I can’t wait to get back out racing to see what we can achieve.”

The next round of the Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship is at Oulton Park on 30th April – 2nd May.

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