EHA Racing’s Joe Collier maintained his second place in the Pirelli National 1000cc Superstock Championship table, after battling to a fighting sixth place earlier today at Thruxton, aboard the In Competition prepared Aprilia RSV4 RF.
The abrasive Thruxton surface, combined with soaring temperatures, made the 16-lap race a war of attrition, with tyre management the key factor in the Pirelli National 1000cc Superstock class.
Collier started from the second row of the grid in P6, and having been held up in the early exchanges, lost the tow to the front group and ended up in a race-long battle with fellow championship contender Keith Farmer.
Speaking afterwards, Collier said: “We knew today would be all about tyre life and management, but I’m a little disappointed that I got held up early on, which allowed the front group to get away. I ended up working and battling with Keith Farmer and at times we did peg bag some time, but in the end I just had no tyre left to even force a challenge. I’m not too disappointed with our performance on the EHA Racing Aprilia, as we only lost one point to Keith [Farmer] at the top of the table table, at a circuit which can produce some strange results. Thanks to the team for a big effort again this weekend; we can now look ahead to Cadwell later this month.”
“I’m obviously gutted with what has happened. Thanks to the team, who I must say, looked after me especially well in difficult circumstances on Friday after the crash. Thanks also to the MSV Medical Team for their support. I had hoped I wouldn’t see them again this season, but that’s racing. I’ll keep you all updated on my recovery.”
Gail Allingham – Team Manager:
“As Joe has already explained, Thruxton throws up its own set of challenges every year, and while we are always looking to score as heavily as possibly, and the podium is the optimum goal, that sensible sixth place today could prove very valuable later in the year. We’ve maintained that second spot in the championship table, so everyone at EHA Racing is satisfied with the end result.
“We obviously lost Andy Reid early in the weekend when he crashed out of free practice on Friday morning. He has broken both his wrists and will see a specialist in Belfast on Monday morning, but we expect him to be out of action for at least six week.”
Race Results: Winner – Josh Elliott [Suzuki]; 2nd – Taylor Mackenzie [BMW] +0.200sec; 3rd – Lee Jackson [Kawasaki] +0.235sec; 4th – Billy McConnell [Suzuki] +0.474sec; 5th – Keith Farmer [BMW] +2.130sec; 6th – Joe Collier [EHA Aprilia] +5.248sec
Championship Standings: Keith Farmer [BMW] 186pts; 2nd – Joe Collier [EHA Aprilia] 172; 3rd – Billy McConnell [Suzuki] 171; 4th – Josh Elliott [Suzuki] 106; 5th – Lee Jackson [Kawasaki] 104; 6th – Alex Olsen [BMW] 84.5; 7th – Andy Reid [EHA Aprilia] 79
The next round of the Pirelli National 1000cc Superstock Championship takes place at Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire on August 17/18/19th.
Images: CamiPix & DoubleRed