Struggles for Ellison and Winfield throughout Snetterton qualifying
James Ellison and Shaun Winfield will start from 11th and 22nd respectively for Sunday’s opening Bennetts British Superbike race, after struggling throughout the three their Datatag qualifying session.
Both riders headed out for Q1 high in confidence, however after his opening lap Shaun pitted with a thumb brake issue. The team worked hard to solve the issue, and Shaun soon made his way back out on track, with Ellison instantly posting a strong lap time, which was enough to send him into Q2.
After pitting for a brand new rear tyre, Shaun headed back out on track and soon posted his fastest lap of the weekend by half a second, but unfortunately, he was knocked out of Q1 in 22nd.
The second session saw the Cumbrian improve his lap time by almost a full second, a 1:47.601, and sat inside the top nine until the dying few seconds where he was bumped out by Jason O’Halloran and Michael Laverty.
After the session James Ellison said: “We’re not a million miles away but I know I can go a lot faster around here. I’m struggling with a few things this weekend and we have a lot of things to work on, we have a new package here and I still haven’t got the feel I want from it.
“It’s just a setting issue at the minute, we are still working on things, the suspension is new to me and we’re consistently improving with it. Everyone is working really, really hard to get the best out of the bike and I’ve got to give credit to the team for that, everything I’m asking for they are giving it me. We’re making steps forwards, but so is everyone else.
“It’s frustrating at the minute, I feel comfortable on the bike but I don’t feel 100% that it’s mine yet. We can’t be too upset because we are only 0.3 off, but that’s not good enough. My race pace is good, and we’re a lot closer with that but it’s a fine balance, and we’re still trying to get the most out of the bike.”
Shaun Winfield said: “We had an issue with the thumb brake right at the start of the session, which cost us a little of bit time. I started Q1 on a used front tyre, and the plan was to change that during the session, but because of the thumb brake problem we only had time to change the rear tyre. I went quicker again, but I kept tucking the front end and I wasn’t comfortable at all.
“We know where we can improve for tomorrow, we have a plan to change the front fork springs to make it slightly softer and we’ll assess that in warm up ahead of race one.”
Both Bennetts British Superbike races will be shown live tomorrow on Eurosport, with race one starting at 1:30pm and race two 4:30pm.