Mixed emotions after Oulton Park qualifying for Linfoot and Winfield
Dan Linfoot and Shaun Winfield experienced contrasting qualifying sessions at Oulton Park, with Linfoot failing to progress to Q3, leaving him 13th, after struggling with machine set-up and weather conditions. Team-mate Shaun Winfield posted a brand new personal best around the 2.6-mile circuit, lining him up in 21st for Monday’s opening race.
Linfoot progressed through to the second stage of the three-tier session after posting his fastest lap of the weekend, a 1.35.988, a time he’d struggled to achieve throughout free practice.
Winfield failed to make it into the second stage, although after following his team mate in the final minutes, he posted his fastest lap of the weekend, a 1.36.973.
The 25-year-old missed out on Q2 by just six tenths of a second, meaning he will start Monday’s opening race in 21stplace, ahead of James Ellison, Glenn Irwin and Xavi Fores.
Q2 saw Linfoot improve in time once again posting a 1.35.795, however he failed to progress in to the final eight-minute dash for pole, missing out by just 0.5 of a second.
Dan Linfoot: “Qualifying wasn’t really enjoyable because the weather wasn’t kind to us, it was really windy and you didn’t know what you were going to get till you were on the lap, so I just tried to keep it as smooth as I could.
“It got a little messy in Q2, lots of riders were looking for the same piece of track but to cut to the chase we are struggling a little bit, we’re not as fast as we should be.
“For sure I’d like to be a lot higher up the grid, I’d like to be on the front two rows, but we’ll find improvements for tomorrow and have two strong races to bring home as many as points as we can for the Championship.
“My goal is to have two consistent rides and fight for every point we can, and we’ve certainly made a step in the right direction from Saturday.”
Shaun Winfield: “I’m really happy with qualifying, and we’ve made a big step forward from FP2, this morning was wet so we didn’t get to try the changes, but they certainly made the difference.
“I was ready to pit for a new rear tyre, but I saw Dan ahead and I went in pursuit of him, I posted a brand new personal best and it’s the strongest I’ve felt on the bike all weekend. I’m really pleased because I’ve out-qualified people like James Ellison, Glenn Irwin and Xavi Fores.
“We still have areas where I want to improve, and we already know the direction we want to go in for the races tomorrow, so hopefully I can collect some points and have a strong race-day.”
You can watch all the action from the second round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Oulton Park on Eurosport 2, from 1.00pm Monday May 6.