Brands Hatch GP
Pirelli National Superstock 1000 - 25th
Fastest Lap 1:32.457
The trip to Brands Hatch was yet another journey to a track I had never ridden before - the full GP circuit was new to me so I had a lot of learning to do.
Free Practice on Friday morning went really well, though, and I quickly got a loose grasp of the circuit! I managed some respectable laps, and was 33rd after Free Practice. I felt there was lots more to come and was looking forward to 1st Qualifying.
The weather had got much hotter for qualifying, and I was struggling with rear grip as a result. Coupled with a little dose of 'trying too hard' to make up for this, and I didn't manage to improve from the morning's session. Frustratingly, this left me 38th, and with much work to do.
After much discussion, we decided to continue down the route that we had started at Snetterton, and to soften the rear shock. We sourced a softer spring from KTech and fitted it, ready for the early qualifying session Saturday morning.
In this session to improvements were noticeable, and I knocked 2 seconds off my PB, and found 37th on the grid, a mere 5/100ths off of 36th! We also decided to take the changes further still, to try to create more compliance and movement of the rear suspension to get it to really drive out of the corners.
I got a great start in the race, and managed to tag on to the back of Nico Mawhinney and the pack the next step up the field. As the race went on I couldn't quite keep their pace, but was still lapping another second faster than the previous day. The rider behind managed to get through at Druids, so I regathered my thoughts, concentrating on my riding style to suit the big 1000cc bike (which is very different from the 600s!!) and managed to reel him back in. I got a great drive out of the last corner and managed to retake the place into Paddock Hill. I worked hard to secure the place and held onto that position until the chequered flag, coming across the line in my best Superstock position of 25th, and having brought my PB down to a low 1m32s lap!
The next round is at Thruxton in just 2 weeks, on 1st and 2nd August, and I can't wait to get back out on track!