David Allingham’s fifth place in Saturday’s British Supersport Sprint race was the highlight of a tough weekend at Thruxton for EHA Racing. His team-mate Ross Twyman finished two places behind him in seventh.
The Irishman was caught up in a seven-strong race-long freight train on the CF Motorsport prepared EHA Racing Yamaha, and was very much looking forward to Sunday’s feature race where a podium finish was undoubtedly the minimum target.
Unfortunately an incident right at the end of morning warm-up, saw both EHA Racing riders on the tarmac. Both men were subsequently ruled out of today’s feature race: Ross Twyman on safety grounds after losing consciousness in the crash and David Allingham with a right hand injury.
Allingham said: “After Saturday’s result on the new version of the EHA Racing Yamaha, I was very confident that we could challenge for a podium today at the very least. Working with the CF Motorsport guys under the EHA Racing awning has given me the confidence I needed to really get to grips with the updated version of the R6, and I was really buzzing for today. The incident with Ross was unfortunate. I was angry and frustrated at the start, but thankfully none of us are too badly injured. The hand injury is not ideal, but I’ll do my best to get back as soon as possible and I will not rule out making it for the next round at Cadwell Park.”
Ross Twyman said: Coming back from a bad qualifying was always going to be tough in the Sprint race. I made an aggressive opening couple of laps and once we got settled into the race, my times were consistent enough to be at the front, which pleased me. We’d made a change in morning warm-up on Sunday, which I believe was a big step in the right direction, but unfortunately we didn’t get to use it after being ruled out – as I was knocked out in the incident at the end of the session. It has shaken me up quite a bit and I’m gutted what has happened to David my team-mate. Thankfully we are relatively unscathed as it could have been so much worse.”
Gail Allingham – Team Manager:
“It’s been one of those weekends that had shown so much promise, but didn’t deliver the results we believe we deserved. We brought in the CF Motorsport guys to attempt to strengthen the technical side of our Supersport campaign and we seemed to be making progress – but you cannot factor in, what I would call a large portion of bad luck, with what happened this morning. David is carrying an injury and Ross is more than a little shook-up, but most of all, we are glad that neither was badly hurt. We will re-assess the situation this week and make plans for Cadwell Park in due course. Thanks to Craig, Jane and the CF Motorsport guys for their input.”
For Saturday’s race results click here
The next round of the British Supersport Championship takes places at Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire on August 17/18/19th