EHA Racing’s David Allingham was back to the sort of form, last time out at Knockhill, that had him well in contention for British Supersport Championship honours last season. Motorcycle racing at the very highest level requires marginal gains to find both improvement and confidence for a racer, and for round five at Knockhill, the Irishman reverted to one of the team’s 2016 EHA Racing Yamaha set-ups, that brought him much success last term.
‘The proof of the pudding is very much in the eating’, as they say, and with Allingham returning a brace of strong fourth-placed finishes in Scotland, the flame-haired Derry man believes it was just the tonic he needed to get his championship back on track.
“For sure Knockhill has set me back in the right direction, and more importantly, the correct frame of mind,” said the 23-year-old, who has recently moved closer to the team base in Bishop’s Stortford with his girlfriend Megan.
“There’s no doubting the fact, the new R6 is working well. Jack Kennedy is proving that this year, strongly leading the championship; it is a good bike for sure, but for some reason I have struggled in a couple of key areas to get the feel I need from the package, and my results were just not doing me justice,” he added.
“Knockhill proved that the results are still in there; I still have a lot to offer in this championship and we really should have had a podium in the feature race in Scotland. I now feel we can move forward and not only ride for podiums from Brands Hatch this weekend, but aim to close that gap to the front two in the second half of the season with EHA Racing,” he further explained.
A four strong line-up over two classes now for EHA Racing in British championship makes us one of the biggest teams in the paddock: with Joe Collier and Andy Reid on Aprilia RSV4 RF machinery on the Superstock 1000 side of the garage, not forgetting Ross Twyman, who currently holds third place in the British Supersport class and the aforementioned David Allingham – it’s a large and growing workload for the EHA Racing team.
Taking this into consideration, EHA Racing team management has decided to add Craig Fitzpatrick [CF Motorsport] to the team line for Brands Hatch this coming weekend, where he will work solely with David Allingham, as his crew chief, on his Supersport side of the garage within the EHA Racing camp.
Adrian Gorst will continue to work with Ross Twyman on the other Supersport bike and the Aprilia side of the garage will remain the same with Aprilia specialist, Ian Newton from In Competition, preparing the RSV4 RF machinery. After his crash at Knockhill where he sustained damage to his right wrist, Andy Reid will sit out this weekend’s action.
The team will concentrate on Joe Collier, who currently holds third place in the Pirelli National 100cc Superstock Championship standings, as the BSB series reaches the halfway point this weekend. Andy will fly to England today [Tuesday] to have treatment on his damaged wrist and will then travel to Brands Hatch over the weekend to support the team at the Kent venue.
Brands Hatch Weekend Schedule
Friday [July 20th]
9.35am: British Supersport Championship – Free Practice 1
11.50am: National 1000cc Superstock – Free Practice 1
2.35pm: British Supersport Championship – Free Practice 2
4.50pm: National 1000cc Superstock – Free Practice 2
Saturday [July 21st]
9.40am: National 1000cc Superstock – Qualifying
11.10am: British Supersport Championship – Qualifying
1.15pm: National 1000cc Superstock – Races 1 & 2 [17 laps each] 5.10pm: British Supersport Championship – Sprint Race [12 laps]
Sunday [July 22nd]
9.45am: National 1000cc Superstock – Warm-up
10.11am: British Supersport Championship – Warm-up
2.15pm: National 1000cc Superstock – Race 3 [16 laps] 3.40pm – British Supersport Championship – Feature Race [18 laps]
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