Joe Collier took his debut win for EHA Racing/In Competition on Sunday in the Pirelli National 1000cc Superstock Championship during round four at Snetterton in Norfolk. It was also the 23-year-old’s maiden win in the class, with his 25-point haul moving him into second place in the championship standings, just 13 points behind Billy McConnell whom he headed home for the victory.
Collier and his team-mate Andy Reid both started from the front row of the grid in second and third place respectively, but having had a spell at the front, Reid crashed out in the opening laps, leaving Collier to fly the solo EHA Racing flag in pursuit of victory.
Speaking after his win, Collier said: “After Oulton Park and our second place, we knew the win was coming, and although Billy got a bit if a gap after Andy had crashed today, I was able to claw him back in. It was a tough but enjoyable race and once we got to the front it was a matter of keeping it clean and holding him off for the win.
“We’ve also closed the gap at the top of the table and taken the fastest lap today, so I’m really happy. Full credit to the whole EHA Racing team and the RSV4 RF Aprilia. The biked worked perfectly again this weekend. Thanks also to all my personal sponsors and as always, Jeff from KGN who was there once again this weekend on my pit-board. The plan is to build on this at Knockhill in a few weeks’ time.”
Andy Reid said afterwards: “I’m obviously really disappointed as we had the pace this weekend for a podium at the very least. It’s another no scoring round for me, and as much as we are not a million miles away, we cannot afford to allow the guys at the top of the table to get too far ahead of us. Congratulations to Joe on his win today.”
Team Manager Gail Allingham added: “We’re obviously delighted for Joe to have picked up his first win of the season, which is the third for EHA Racing and the Aprilia RSV4 RF. Joe has been showing his credentials since the start of the season and after his performance at Oulton we knew it wouldn’t be long before the win would come. He rode faultlessly today and again showed great maturity and composure throughout. Andy will obviously be disappointed, but the pace he has shown once again this weekend, proves he is more than capable of closing that gap in the coming rounds and adding to his podium tally. Thanks as always to our sponsors for their support and a special mention to Jeff from KGN who is also a personal sponsor of Joe’s. He was delighted today and rightly so. Finally to our team, well done guys, the hard work is paying off.”
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The next round of the Pirelli National 1000cc Superstock Championship takes place at Knockhill on July 6/7/8th.