SGR Racing who featured in our Geordie Racer article have just completed their first round of the season where rider Tom Oliver scored his first Championship points, finishing in 14th place on his debut outing for the Morpeth based team at Silverstone, for round one of the Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship.
Images: Tim Keeton. Words: Louise Stewart-Young
The Colchester rider got the weekend off to a steady start, at a cold but dry Silverstone, by placing the SGR Racing Yamaha into 11th place on the grid during qualifying. As this was the team’s first race weekend together and the first time out in anger for Oliver on the R6 Yamaha, they were happy with how the qualifying session went, as it was a learning curve for everyone.
With a fourth row start Oliver had his work cut out for him when it came to race day. A bad start made for a tough but positive race. Oliver settled into his racing rhythm and concentrated on maintaining the ground he had made back up since the early part of the race. Finishing in 14th place and scoring two points on his inaugural SGR Racing outing was a good solid start to the season which will be built on as the year progresses.
Tom Oliver said: “I’m happy to be coming away from the first round with some points in the bag. It’s my first weekend racing the SGR Racing R6 Yamaha and we are still learning. I didn’t get a great start and I got pretty beaten up on the first lap! However, I settled into a good rhythm and held my position. I’m looking forward to more track time at Oulton Park, which is a track I love, and we can build on the solid start we made here at Silverstone.”
Stephen Kinghorn, Team Owner said: “It’s been a really positive weekend. The team and the bike have both worked really well as this is our first race weekend on the Yamaha. Tom put in a lot of consistent laps during the race and really used his head. I’m pleased to be coming away from our first round with some points on the board. We are at Oulton Park in three weeks’ time, this is a track Tom enjoys so it can only get better. I’d like to say big, big ‘thank you’ to all our sponsors and everyone who has helped us to get to this point.”
The second round of the Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship will be held on 30th April – 2nd May at Oulton Park in Cheshire.
The team would like to thank:
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