EHA Racing is all-set and well equipped for a busy fortnight of back-to-back British Championship action, commencing this weekend at Silverstone [September 7/8/9], before heading to Cheshire just five days later, for more of the same at Oulton Park on September 14/15/16.
Joe Collier is in Pirelli National 1000cc Superstock action aboard the team’s In Competition prepared Aprilia RSV4 RF at both events, with David Allingham returning from injury, to ride the CF Motorsport prepared EHA Racing Yamaha YZF-R6.
Collier is currently just 8 points adrift of the series lead in the 1000cc Superstock class, and with three races and 50 points up for grabs this weekend at the Northamptonshire venue, the 23-year-old series rookie is very much, fired-up for the challenge.
“We possibly rode our luck a little, last time out at Cadwell Park on the EHA Racing Aprilia, but I’ve come to understand that challenging for championships, is all about consistency and on so called ‘bad weekends’ it’s all about collecting points and hopefully not gravel; that’s exactly what we did at Cadwell, which worked out well for us in the end,” said the Coalville electrician.
Looking ahead to Silverstone he added: “Like most, I’m obviously disappointed not to be racing the Grand Prix circuit, but also understand the reason behind this,” he said of the promoter’s decision to tackle the shorter National circuit, sidestepping the potential risk of an event abandonment. A fate delivered to the MotoGP paddock just a few weeks ago, because of unexpected weather related track problems .
“This weekend is very busy for the class,” explained the EHA Racing Aprilia RSV4 RF mounted competitor. “We have the two part race on Saturday – giving us 48 laps; then another 24 laps on Sunday, and despite the shorter track, I think we at EHA Racing are well equipped for the job. I’m also confident the RSV4 RF will work well around the new configuration, despite it going to be a sub 60-second lap potentially.”
Collier’s team-mate Andrew Reid is still out of action after his unfortunate incident at the beginning of August at Thruxton, but will be visiting Silverstone this weekend.
David Allingham returns to action after suffering a hand injury at the same Thruxton venue, and is eager to re-discover the form that handed him his debut win in the British Supersport Championship class at Brands Hatch back in July.
“The Brands win was the monkey off my back, so to speak,” beamed the flame-haired Irishman. “So to miss Thruxton after the incident with my team-mate in morning warm-up; then having to painfully stand and watch at Cadwell, made August a very frustrating month. I really can’t wait to get back on the bike at Silverstone and the goal is to savour the top step again before the end of the year. We have just eight races left this season and my personal goal is to be at the sharp end in all of them. I think that’s very realistic with the package we have, for sure.”
Ross Twyman, who was also injured at Thruxton has decided to sit out this weekend’s action at Silverstone and will make a decision on his return to action in the coming weeks.
Team Manager Gail Allingham concluded: “Everyone is looking forward to September, which is going to be a very busy month for us all in the British Championship paddock. There’s plenty of excitement and expectation on both sides of the EHA Racing garage, from riders to team personnel. Joe is right in the thick of the championship hunt in the National 1000cc Superstock class and David will again be looking for success in the Supersport division this weekend. The National circuit is a new layout for all, but I’m sure both boys will use the Free Practice sessions to acclimatise, then look to find strong grid positions as a platform to race at the business end in both classes. We’re all looking forward to it, as are our sponsors and guests who will be turning out in force on Saturday and Sunday.”
Silverstone Schedule [1.604-mile lap]
9:35 – Free Practice 1 [Supersport] 12:25 – Free Practice 1 [Superstock 1000] 14:35 – Free Practice 2 [Supersport] 16:50 – Free Practice 2 [Superstock 1000]
10:30 – Superstock 1000 Qualifying
11:05 – Supersport Qualifying
14:00 – Superstock 1000 Races 1 & 2 [24 laps each]*
17:05 – British Supersport Sprint Race [18 laps]
9:15 – Morning Warm-up [Superstock 1000] 10:07 – Morning Warm-up [Supersport] 11:35 – PIT LANE WALK FOR FANS
12:40 – Superstock 1000 Feature Race [24 laps] 15:40 – Supersport Feature Race [26 laps]
*Two back-to-back races punctuated by a controlled, compulsory service period in pitlane to facilitate tyre changes and refuelling. Half points awarded for each race.
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