Fourth row start for Ellison in Scotland
Anvil Hire TAG Racing’s James Ellison will start tomorrow’s first Bennetts British Superbike race from 10th on the grid, after narrowly missing out by two tenths of a second to progress into Q3. Shaun Winfield will start from 21st on the grid, after posting his personal best lap time in Q1.
Ellison cruised through into the second stage of qualifying, after a strong lap time in Q1 saw him focus on other areas of the set up of his Anvil Hire TAG Racing machine. Shaun pitted mid-session for fresh rubber after starting on used tyres.
The 24-year-old immediately went faster and posted his personal best lap time, a 48.571, but just missed out on Q2 by two tenths of a second.
The second session saw the Cumbrian improve once again in time by two tenths of a second, posting a 47.638 which sat him in eighth place. With minutes remaining other riders pitted for fresh tyres and improved in time, knocking Ellison out of Q3 with just seconds left on the clock.
A frustrated James Ellison said: “It’s not where I expect to be at all, we lost a day yesterday really because we had a few issues with the front end of the bike. We tried lots of things and after working with K-Tech we found the issue and straight away we went faster in FP3.
“We altered the settings and we got the bike to where I was pretty comfortable, and I went out and did my best. I was two tenths off the quickest time in Q2, and I just missed out, another tenth and I’d have been in the top three.
“I’m disappointed because we shouldn’t be this far down, I’m still not 100% at one with the bike and we are making steps forward, the bike is working well but we’re just not quite there yet, and once we get there I will be back winning races. Tomorrow will be a race of attrition, I have to stay out of trouble from the start, I feel like we have strong race pace and I’m confident ahead of tomorrow.”
Shaun Winfield: “I’m happy with qualifying, I started the session on used tyres to get up to speed, then half way through we changed to fresh rubber, which was the right choice. I got behind someone, and I learnt a lot from that, I pushed harder and posted my personal best. I was only a full second off of pole in Q1 and we’ve made a big step forward.
“The races are going to be difficult, certainly with the number of laps but I know we have good tyre life out of the bike and I’m aiming to be back in the points again.”