Solid weekend for Winfield and TAG Racing Honda at Donington Park

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Donington Park

Round 10

24-25-26 September 2021
Donington Park Round 10 24-25-26 September 2021
It was a solid weekend for the TAG Racing Honda outfit with Shaun Winfield flying the flag for the team in the Pirelli National Superstock Championship, taking two 22nd place finishes in contrasting conditions across two races at his and the teams home circuit.
The weekend got off to a solid start for Shaun who enjoyed the best of both wet and dry conditions in each free practice session, identifying areas where he and the team could improve his Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP ahead of qualifying and race one.

Saturday would see the heavens open, and after a change of schedule due to the poor weather, the National Superstock qualifying session would be shortened to 20-minutes with Shaun qualifying 22nd on the grid in wet conditions, developing a solid set-up with his Fireblade.

As the rain continued to fall over the Derbyshire venue the afternoon’s opening race got underway with the 28-year-old making a good start, holding his grid spot of 22ndafter the opening lap. As the race developed, he struggled to push hard with the front end of his bike but began to battle with Nathan Harrison. The pair diced for the remaining seven laps of the race, however Shaun just couldn’t find a way past at the flag, crossing the line in 22nd.

For Sunday’s second race he would start from 28th on the grid by virtue of his lap time achieved in the first race.

From the lights he made a good start and made up one place after the opening lap, siting in 27th and on the back of the group battling for 20th. By the end of lap four he’d worked his way into 22nd, picking off a group of riders, but had a two second gap ahead to Leon Jeacock, and he quickly set about chasing him down.

By half race distance the group ahead had pulled away, but Shaun continued to post consistent lap times, maintaining the gap to the group behind.

With six laps to go he was caught by a charging TJ Toms and the pair began to battle for 22nd, swapping and exchanging places for the remainder of the race, and on the last lap he was able to make a move stick, holding Toms’ challenge off to the line, taking the flag in 22nd.

Shaun Winfield: “It’s been a strange weekend really, the weather hasn’t been kind to us at all, but it’s been the same for everyone. We’ve made some solid steps forward with the bike in both conditions and they are something we can transfer forward going into the final round.

“It safe to say Saturday’s race was just about staying on the bike, not hitting the deck and giving the team a lot of work to do, which thankfully I did. I enjoyed Sunday’s second race, I made a good start and I had a good battle with TJ, I made a pass stick on the final lap but I know the results still aren’t what we expect.

“I’m looking forward to Brands Hatch now, I know the bike works well around there so I’m looking to end the season on a high.”

Team manager Gary Winfield“It’s been a solid but challenging weekend really, the weather has played havoc but it always does at this time of year. It’s been good to see the progress Shaun has made, we’ve consistently made improvements with the bike and that’s positive heading into the final round.

“We’re not jumping for joy with two 22nd places but the way he battled in race two was pleasing and we’re hopeful Shaun can kick on now. We’re looking forward to Brands Hatch, we want to end the year on a high and so does Shaun.”

The team now have a 10-day break before heading to the 11th and final round of the 2021 Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch on October 15/16/17.