Tricky conditions thwart Knockhill qualifying for Santander Salt TAG Racing
Dan Linfoot and Shaun Winfield will start Sunday’s opening Bennetts British Superbike race from 11th and 28th respectively following a tricky Datatag Extreme Qualifying session in Scotland.
It was looking promising for the pair, who enjoyed positive progression in the dry free practice sessions, with Dan finishing Saturday morning’s final practice in second place, just one tenth of a second behind fastest man Danny Buchan.
But prior to the afternoon’s qualifying session, and following a two hour delay due to heavy downpours of rain just minutes before the session was due to get underway, Bennetts BSB organisers MSVR ran a longer 40-miniute qualifying session, scrapping the three tier system.
After great work from the team to change the settings in both Dan and Shaun’s machines, the pair headed out on track in tricky conditions in order to qualify for Sunday’s opening race.
During the 40-minute session, both Linny and Shaun consistently improved their times, but ultimately, they couldn’t get the most out of their bikes due to the difficult conditions.
Dan posted a time strong enough to line him up 11th on the grid, and in the middle of the fourth row with Shaun starting race one from 28th.
Dan Linfoot: “The session was really tricky, the conditions weren’t great and I was conscious of keeping it up right because I didn’t want to give my team any extra work than they already have.
“I’m not best pleased with 11th because after the weekend we’ve had so far I was hoping for better but if we have two dry races tomorrow, I’m very confident I can bring home some strong points, and hopefully some silverware.
“I feel much more comfortable with the bike, it feels like my bike now and I want to keep making improvements from here because things can only better I’m sure of it.”
Shaun Winfield: “It was a strange situation that session because nobody really knew what was going to happen and we were sat around waiting for a long time, but once we got on track I felt good.
“The conditions were far from ideal but it was the same for everyone, the bike felt really good in the wet but the conditions were that tough and tricky I didn’t want to make a silly mistake and give my team a lot of work to do overnight.
“I’m hoping that for tomorrow the weather clears up because I feel really comfortable in the dry, we made a big step forward this morning, so I want to have two dry races tomorrow and try bring home some points.”
Sunday’s two Bennetts British Superbike Championship races will be shown live on British Eurosport from 1.00pm, tune in to see Dan and Shaun’s progress.
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