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Podium Finish for Oliver and SGR Racing!

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Tom Oliver aboard his SGR Racing R6 Yamaha has started his race season in style by giving his team their first podium finish in the Superstock 600 class, at round one of the Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship at Donington Park. The fast Colchester rider came over the line in second place, securing 20 points and making SGR Racing history!

 

Images: Tim Keeton. Words: Louise Stewart-Young

 

The Morpeth based family-run team got the weekend off to a flying start with Oliver placing the SGR Racing Yamaha in pole position ahead of the opening race. When the lights went out he scythed his way into the lead and stayed there for a brilliant six laps.

 

During this time the competition had been creeping closer and pushed Oliver back to second place. On lap ten the race got even more dramatic as Oliver was forced back to third place and at one point he and his two fellow competitors where three-abreast into the Esses chicane. It was heart-stopping stuff!

 

On lap 11 Oliver made his way back into second place and stayed there for the remaining laps. He was consistently fast during the final three laps but opted to keep second place and bag 20 points instead of pushing for a win and perhaps crashing out.

 

 

Stephen Kinghorn, Team Owner said: “What a cracking start to the season! I’m thrilled that Tom has given us our first pole position and podium finish in this class. He is a talented and smart rider, I was pleased he settled for second and took the points. We have a lot of racing to do and points mean a lot. I must say a big ‘thank you’ to all our sponsors and supporters. I need to give the Business Hub a shout-out as they have been instrumental in helping me pull in our sponsorship. I’m absolutely buzzing.”

 

 

Tom Oliver said: “I don’t think it has sunk in yet. I’m so happy to have given SGR their first podium finish in Superstock 600. I’ve got to thank my Dad, Aston and everyone at SGR Racing as they have been instrumental in making this happen. Also thanks to 100% Suspension, Moto Gear, TK Cope, Anglia Fixings and Putoline Oils. It’s a long season so I went for the points as that is what will count. It was a tough race and I had to make myself relax with ten laps to go and it worked. I want to carry this momentum into Brand Hatch where hopefully we can score more points and pick up another podium finish for SGR Racing.”

 

The second round of the Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship will take place at the Brands Hatch Indy circuit in Kent on 15th – 17th April.

 

 

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Fighting Fifth for Oliver and SGR Racing at Thruxton

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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 at Thruxton.

 

Images: Tim Keeton. Words: Louise Stewart-Young

Having 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 before the race at Thruxton. The progress since his operation has 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 a number of places 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 secured 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 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.Well done to Tom for another great race.”

 

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

 

To find out more about SGR Racing please visit www.sgrracing.co.uk.

 

Thanks to

www.AMTBusiness.co.uk
www.kais-ohlins.co.uk
www.stores.ebay.co.uk/jaybeebikerbits
www.imovebikes.co.uk
www.Putoline.co.uk
www.Painted2Perfection.co.uk
www.thejunctionrestaurant.co.uk
www.hueylines.com
www.angliafixing.co.uk
www.kabuto-europe.com
www.utilitycarts.co.uk
www.mhpexhausts.com
www.rstmoto.com
www.palmerperformance.co.uk
www.ride-north.com
www.sigplc.com
www.tkcope.co.uk  
www.twistofthewristmotorcycles.co.uk
www.ebcbrakes.com

 

Images courtesy of Tim Keeton www.impact-images-photography.co.uk. For high res images please go to www.sgrracing.co.uk, please credit Tim Keeton.

If you require any further information on SGR Racing or Tom Oliver please feel free to contact Louise Stewart-Young.

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World Stage Yields Top Ten for Oliver

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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.

 

 

Images: Tim Keeton. Words: Louise Stewart-Young

 

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.

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.

 

The team would like to thank:
www.AMTBusiness.co.uk
www.kais-ohlins.co.uk
www.Jaybeebikerbits.com
www.imovebikes.co.uk
www.Putoline.co.uk
www.Painted2Perfection.co.uk
www.thejunctionrestaurant.co.uk
www.hueylines.com
www.angliafixing.co.uk
www.kabuto-europe.com
www.utilitycarts.co.uk
www.mhpexhausts.com
www.rstmoto.com
www.palmerperformance.co.uk
www.ride-north.com

 

Images courtesy of Tim Keeton www.impact-images-photography.co.uk. For high res images or any further information on SGR Racing or Tom Oliver please email Louise Stewart-Young at louise_paddy@hotmail.com. Please credit Tim Keeton when using images.

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.

 

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.”

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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.

 

To find out more about SGR Racing please visit www.sgrracing.co.uk

 

The team would like to thank:
www.AMTBusiness.co.uk
www.kais-ohlins.co.uk
www.Jaybeebikerbits.com
www.imovebikes.co.uk
www.Putoline.co.uk
www.Painted2Perfection.co.uk
www.thejunctionrestaurant.co.uk
www.hueylines.com
www.angliafixing.co.uk
www.kabuto-europe.com
www.utilitycarts.co.uk
www.mhpexhausts.com
www.rstmoto.com
www.palmerperformance.co.uk
www.ride-north.com

 

 

Images courtesy of Tim Keeton www.impact-images-photography.co.uk. For high res images or any further information on SGR Racing or Tom Oliver please email Louise Stewart-Young at louise_paddy@hotmail.com. Please credit Tim Keeton when using images.

Points Scoring Silverstone for SGR Racing

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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.

 

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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.”

 

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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:
www.AMTBusiness.co.uk
www.kais-ohlins.co.uk
www.Jaybeebikerbits.com
www.imovebikes.co.uk
www.Putoline.co.uk
www.Painted2Perfection.co.uk
www.thejunctionrestaurant.co.uk
www.hueylines.com
www.angliafixing.co.uk
www.kabuto-europe.com
www.utilitycarts.co.uk
www.mhpexhausts.com
www.rstmoto.com
www.palmerperformance.co.uk
www.ride-north.com

Images courtesy of Tim Keeton www.impact-images-photography.co.uk. For high res images or any further information on SGR Racing or Tom Oliver please email Louise Stewart-Young at louise_paddy@hotmail.com. Please credit Tim Keeton when using images.