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Bennett’s British Superbikes, Round Two

No stroll in the Park WHEN Superstock 1000cc Rider, David Allingham set his sights on Round Two at one of his favourite tracks, Oulton Park, he knew he was looking for a podium finish. Qualifying in P2 ahead of the Bank Holiday Monday race with a 1:36:568; D*Bomb took to the grid in one of the strongest positions yet, defending a P3 position for half the race despite fierce attempts from fellow Honda riders, Brayden Elliott and Davey Todd. Known as one of the most technical circuits on the calendar, Oulton Park can bring a great deal of physical challenges for the competitors and alas, D*Bomb fell victim to arm-pump during the last quarter of the 14 lap race. Perseverance saw David only lose two places to 5th, however the FHO BMW hit a technical issue on the final lap as it ran out of fuel causing rider Alex Olsen to drop back. The opportunity was seized, and D*Bomb successfully brought home the TAG Honda Fireblade in P4! David Allingham said, “A good weekend at Oulton Park, qualifying in P2 and the race got off to a good start holding the P3 position for most of the race. If it wasn’t for a little bit of arm-pump trouble, I’m confident I could have held on to it until the end, if not better. I’m now really looking forward to Donington Park later this month and with the support of the team, keeping the momentum going.” Luke Mossey

Race One: P24 | Race Two: DNF

British Superbike Rider, Luke Mossey took to Oulton Park for Round 2 confident to be taking home some serious points.

Despite mixed conditions, Mossey placed the TAG Honda machine in P3 in qualifying, giving the team their second front-row victory ahead of race 1. As the race got underway, Luke was forced to run wide at Shell Oils after a very late lunge from FHO’s Peter Hickman left Mossey with nowhere to go. Losing significant ground, Luke re-joined in P25 to put in a defiant race and finish P24.

Frustrated but undeterred, Mossey took to the grid once more for race 2 and put in a valiant effort, gaining places ahead of his P20 grid position when, during lap 8 a technical issue saw Mossey crash prompting the second safety car lap of the race. Mossey was taken to the medical centre where he received treatment for a dislocated shoulder. This terminated any chances of Luke making the final race of the weekend.

Luke Mossey said, “It was a really disappointing weekend at Oulton. We made reallt good progress with the bike and I managed to qualify on the front-row in mixed conditions. Sadly I was pushed wide on the second lap and it was impossible to make the time back. I was still keen for a good result in race 2 on Monday, but suffered a technical failure which prompted the crash. I will come back fighting at Donington. Thanks to everyone for their continued support, I am certain that’s all the bad luck out of the way!”

Shaun Winfield

Race One: DNF

Fresh from a solid seasonal start at Round 1 Silverstone, Superstock 1000cc Rider, Shaun Winfield took to Oulton Park with the same developing confidence and mindset; racing for points.

From free practice 1 through to qualifying, Winfield routinely put in fast laps and leap-frogged his previous PB with a 1:37:182; nearly 2 seconds quicker than the previous year.

Starting from P7 on the grid for the one race of the weekend on Bank Holiday Monday, Winfield had team-mate David Allingham in his sights just ahead, and was chasing a podium finish for both riders.

As the race got underway, it was clear the pace was momentous, and on lap one as Winfield entered Hislops quicker than any other session he had done previous, the front-end tucked and Winfield was out of the race. Rider OK, and Winfield walked away with only minor scuffs.

Although a disappointing end to the weekend, Winfield takes away the positives of qualifying and significantly improved lap times, proving that this season he is a real contender.

Shaun Winfield said, “Although crashing out of the race on lap one wasn’t how any of us wanted it to go, we showed real potential in the pace we have. Qualifying 7th is a huge boost for me and I’m looking forward to Donington Park for our ‘home’ Round.”

Team Manager, Gary Winfield

“As a team, we went into the Oulton Park round confident that we had made the right adaptations during testing the previous week to take on the challenges the Cheshire circuit throws at us. From the outset, the pace was there and we made a few more changes throughout free practice to achieve the best from all the machines. Naturally we were disappointed to end the weekend with the losses in both the Superbike and Superstock races; however we are delighted to see the clear progress that has been made with the bikes and the riders alike. I want to further extend my congratulations to David Allingham on his P4 finish, and we very much look forward to a successful weekend at Donington Park later this month.”

TAG Honda Racing Ltd