EHA Racing took a British Supersport podium [third] finish away from the high-speed Thruxton circuit, during round seven of the series at the Hampshire venue. It was a brave effort from Alastair Seeley, who had crashed earlier in the day, on Saturday, during qualifying at over 100mph. Sunday’s feature race was not without drama, where a ‘long lap’ penalty saw the Ulsterman frustratingly finish the weekend with a seventh placed finish.
His team-mate David Allingham also put in the hard yards at the ultra-fast Thruxton venue in the premier British Superbike Championship, where top speed and tyre wear management is crucial for a points’ scoring finish. The series rookie battled bravely with a seventeenth placed finish in race two, the best of his results over the weekend, aboard his CF Motorsport prepared EHA Racing machine.
“The weekend started well but then a huge high-side during qualifying caused plenty of damage to both myself and the bike. A bad start in Saturday’s Sprint race dropped us back in the pack, leaving me work to do to get back to the front three. We gained an advantage with the Safety Car coming out and thankfully trailed Jones over the line at the end to take third. On Sunday morning I felt very sore and had a lot of stiffness in my neck. Another poor start had me battling down where I shouldn’t have been. Unfortunately I got penalised for passing under a yellow flag, with a long lap the penalty, leaving me seventh at the finish. I have ten days to get my injuries healed up in time for Cadwell Park. Thanks to the whole EHA Racing team for a big effort and to the boys for getting the bike back on track on Saturday. Doesn’t go unnoticed.”
“Thruxton is a very frustrating place to ride as you need plenty of speed, but on the flip side you need to manage that speed and your tyre to guarantee consistent pace to the end of the race. We struggled in both areas to be honest, but it’s a unique circuit that can catch out even the most experienced riders. I’ll put it to the back of my mind now and look ahead to Cadwell in a couple of weeks’ time as we continue to learn in BSB.”
Thruxton is a circuit that always seems to either catch us out or deliver some bad luck. Alastair’s crash in qualifying was a big one, so to pick himself up and finish on the podium on Saturday afternoon – full credit to him and also to the boys in the garage for getting the bike ready. Lady Luck didn’t shine on us on Sunday either with the feature race penalty in the Supersport class and David struggling to get the best from the Superbike package, but that’s Thruxton I suppose.
Ben Wilson, who is a former rider at EHA Racing, and a very close friend of the team, was injured in Sunday’s feature British Supersport race and we would like to wish him a speedy recovery.”
The next round of the British Superbike & Supersport Championship races takes place at Cadwell Park over the weekend of August 16/17/18th.