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.
Images: Tim Keeton. Words: Louise Stewart-Young
Heading into the second round of the championship the Morpeth based family team SGR Racing 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.
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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