Joe Collier remains in Pirelli National 1000cc Superstock Championship contention after three top-six finishes [5-3-6] over the weekend aboard the In Competition prepared EHA Racing RSV4 RF at Silverstone. He is now just 6.5 points adrift of the series lead with just two meetings left on the 2018 calendar.
Joe took third place in race two on Saturday
Collier’s third placed podium, in the second leg of Saturday’s two-part 48 lap race, was the highlight of the meeting for the 23-year-old Aprilia mounted racer, but he should also be commended for riding round a technical issue in Sunday’s feature race outing, where he picked up 10 very valuable championship points in sixth place.
Speaking afterwards Collier said: “I’m a little disappointed as I think we could have done a lot more in that third race on Sunday but had to ride round a slight clutch problem. I knew on the sighting lap that we had a problem and just nursed it home the best I could. The podium finish was satisfying on Saturday and with the final two rounds at tracks I very much enjoy – Oulton Park and Brands Hatch GP – I’m still confident we can challenge both Billy and Keith for the title. Thanks as always to the EHA team for a big effort. We are still very much in this!”
His team-mate for the weekend was regular team crew chief Johnny Blackshaw, who stood in for the injured Andrew Reid and produced a commendable tenth placed finish in Sunday’s feature race, aboard the second of the In Competition prepared EHA Racing RSV4 RF machines.
Johnny Blackshaw did a superb job in his one-off ride aboard the EHA Racing Aprilia
“That was mega,” smiled 26-year old Blackshaw. “I forgot how cut and thrust British championship racing was, but got a quick reminder on Saturday in the two part race. Once I got up to speed I really enjoyed it and as well as having a great time riding the RSV4 RF this weekend, I’ve also been able to identify some areas of improvement for the team going forward, which was always a major goal.”
Blackshaw also posted twelfth and thirteenth placed finishes during Saturday’s two-part race aboard the In Competition prepared EHA Racing Aprilia RSV4 RF.
Team Manager Gail Allingham added: “Joe had a small problem in Sunday’s feature race, but rode through it to grab some valuable championship points. He’s been consistent all weekend and while we didn’t challenge for the wins here at Silverstone; as he has also explained, we are still well in the championship hunt. Both Billy and Keith are strong favourites and should be, with the experience they have in British championship competition, but Joe as a series rookie is doing a fantastic job, and will keep them both honest right until the final day at Brands Hatch on the EHA Racing Aprilia. Thanks to all our sponsors for making the trip this weekend; we hope you enjoyed the racing action and the team hospitality.”
Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship
Billy McConnell – 214 points
Keith Farmer – 213.5
Joe Collier – 207.5
Josh Elliott – 167.5
Alex Olsen – 150
The next round of the championship commences in just five days’ time at Oulton Park in Cheshire [September 14/15/16], which is the penultimate round of the 2018 Pirelli National 1000cc Superstock Championship.
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