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Working Against the Odds

DONINGTON PARK played host to round three of British Superbikes; but despite being the teams local circuit, they certainly weren’t at home. Returning from injury, Luke Mossey knew the weekend may present some challenges, both physically and mentally. However, after another solo-crash which occurred at the end of Saturday’s qualifying session, Mossey was not to return to the seat for the remainder of the round, missing all three races.

Both rider and team turn their attentions to Knockhill for round four, 17th-19th June 2022.

David Allingham
Comeback Kid
Race One: P8 | Race Two: P19

Taking on Donington National is like taking on an old-school reunion, there’s other places you’d rather be, but you make the .most. At least, that was David Allingham’s experience of round three. After a crash during free practice, David’s qualifying laps weren’t up to his usual pace which placed him 19th on the grid for race one. However, in true DBomb style, he showed up with the grit and determination needed to succeed and reached the chequered flag in 8th! As race two got underway on Sunday, David snatched a great start sitting nicely in the top 8 with room to climb. However, technical issues struck early on which saw David lose traction and with it, race positioning; returning a P19 finish.

David Allingham said, “Fresh from a great result at Oulton Park, I knew I had to chase that podium finish at Donington. The team worked hard to settle the technical challenges we were experiencing, but ultimately it led to a less than satisfying qualifying session. It was a fiercely competitive grid out there, and 0.3s could make the difference between 10 places. Finishing 8th from 19th was a huge boost and it meant I was starting P9 on the grid for Sunday’s race. As the race got underway, we were unfortunately struck with a technical issue, as my gear-lever broke and it cost me during the race to finish P19.

With a few weeks break ahead now to allow for the TT, I am working hard on what I can to keep my fitness at its optimum and I am going in for arm-pump surgery this week. I am truly focused on achieving the best results I can, and this surgery will play a big part in that”.

Shaun Winfield
Staying on Track
Race One:  P13  –  Race Two: P22

With Donington on the doorstep, you’d be forgiven for thinking it would be a firm favourite of the number #18 rider, Shaun Winfield. However, results have never come easy for Shaun at Donington and he knew he had some work to do. With the technical teething problems out of the way, Winfield took to race one from a P20 grid position. After

Shaun Winfield said, “After the restart in race one, I didn’t get off the grid as strong, however I fought hard matching my personal best lap time and was happy with a P12 finish. As race two got underway, I had a solid start and an aggressive first two laps got me to P12. Knowing a top 10 position was in sight, I closed the gap, but frustratingly hit a false neutral causing me to drop back to P19. Infused to push on, I was able to pull back some of the lost seconds and finished in P15 – gaining another point for the Championship.  I’m taking a lot of positives from the weekend which far out-weigh the small mistakes made, and I am looking forward to what I can truly achieve this coming season.”

Team Manager, Gary Winfield

“Overall it’s been a solid weekend. The Superstock lads have demonstrated a good pace throughout and are eager to push on further as we get to grips with the set-up of the bikes. It was truly unfortunate for Luke Mossey to be taken out in race two, and as a team, we felt those frustrations. The Superbike was returned to the garage after the end of race two, and the team quickly started to rebuild the machine ready for race three. Sadly, it was not meant to be as Luke was unable to finish race three due to his hand injury. We turn our attention now to Oulton Park and develop from there.”