High drama and controversy wasn’t enough to stop EHA Racing and Alastair Seeley from maintaining a healthy 30-point Championship lead in the British Supersport class, after a win and a second place during round four at Brands Hatch on the GP Circuit.
The drama didn’t stop there for the EHA Racing team with British Superbike Championship rookie David Allingham having to sit out Sunday’s races, following a qualifying crash that left the team’s technical partners, CF Motorsport, without enough time to rebuild his Yamaha machinery.
Alastair Seeley, said after his weekend: “Saturday’s Sprint Race win was in very difficult conditions, and despite being declared a wet race, it wasn’t ideal, but we held firm to take the win in the shortened re-start. What happened afterwards didn’t please me, but I’ll leave that one with the organisers to sort out – I’ll keep my focus on trying to win this championship with EHA Racing.
“In Sunday’s feature race, when we settled in,I was well in contention, but I had a few front end moments and then didn’t have the rear grip required to push for the win in the closing stages. Second place means we leave Brands with the same 30-point margin, that we had coming into the weekend, and with a few improvements planned in the coming weeks – I’m confident we can be strong going into Knockhill next time out.”
BSB rookie David Allingham said of his shortened Superbike weekend: “Again we showed a lot of potential with the EHA Racing Superbike. I kept my gap to the front guys consistent, and when they upped their pace I was able to up mine and that was confidence inspiring. Unfortunately the crash in Q2 on Saturday was a big disappointment, and probably could have been avoided as a team effort, and will be something we need to discuss going forward.
“These things can happen when you are pushing to find those extra tenths for a top-four grid position. But the biggest disappointment was not being able to have the bike ready for Sunday, as we’ve lost valuable track time and race experience for me as a rookie. Overall I’m delighted for the team in terms of our Supersport effort this weekend, which keeps the EHA Racing team at the top of the championship table after four rounds.”
Gail Allingham, team manager added: “We leave Brands Hatch with mixed emotions. It’s been a tough weekend for a number of reasons. Yes, we are obviously delighted to be leaving here as British Supersport Championship leaders, having maintained our 30-point advantage, but what happened on track post-race on Saturday was unacceptable. Alastair’s 45 point haul of points makes it eight podiums from eight races so far this season: three wins and five second places – that’s quite an effort.
We are obviously bitterly disappointed for David. To have to sit out both Superbike races on Sunday was anything but ideal, and something we will need to look at internally for the future. On a positive note, he again proved that he is worthy of his place on the Superbike grid, making great progress throughout free practice and qualifying. We have no doubt his results will soon reflect that with some strong points’ scoring finishes for EHA Racing in the premier class.”
The next round of the British Superbike and Supersport Championship classes takes place in Scotland at Knockhill on June 28/29/30th.