|Alastair Seeley recorded his ninth podium finish this season during a character building weekend at Knockhill in Scotland in the British Supersport class, which also saw him unceremoniously dumped out of action in the middleweight Sprint race, whilst disputing a strong top four finish. |
His team-mate David Allingham also battled the elements, with the British Superbike Championship rookie taking two points’ scoring finishes aboard the CF Motorsport prepared EHA Racing Yamaha YZF-R1. It was the first time the Irishman has taken points in both races this season; another new first, as he continues to impress in British championship’s premier class.
With the Supersport races run almost back-to-back on Sunday at Knockhill, because of a schedule change due to inclement weather the day before, it left the EHA Racing team with little time to prepare Seeley’s damaged bike for the feature race.
But prepared it was, and Seeley made the most of the opportunity to claw back some much needed points that were lost in race one taking third place. Now trailing arch-rival Jack Kennedy by 4 points in the title hunt, the diminutive Ulsterman spoke openly afterwards.
“We were gifted that third place after young Skinner went out in the last few laps, but after what happened in race one, we will take it,” he said candidly.
“We’ve lost the championship lead this weekend through no fault of our own, but it’s marginal. We just need to take stock and come back stronger at Snetterton in a few weeks’ time. I won’t hide the fact that we are still struggling in a few key areas. We’re not far away, but the margins are small in 600 racing. We’ve been strong so far this season, you only need to look at the results to see that, so if we can improve in those key areas, I think we can be stronger in the coming rounds. It’s important not to let that championship lead stretch to an unhealthy margin. Thanks to Edward and Gail and the whole EHA Racing team for a big effort. It was certainly a character building weekend.”
David Allingham said after his new first, posting points in both Superbike outings:“Yeah I enjoyed that, despite the conditions being pretty tough. We made progress from FP1 through to FP3 and took some reasonable chunks of time off. Qualifying wasn’t ideal for anyone but it was a little more relaxed having a traditional timed session. We just had to dig in deep this weekend and it was all about not making mistakes. You have to ride in the wet and the dry during the year, so I’m learning all the time. I’m enjoying it and I think we are earning our place on the grid and that’s important. Thanks to the whole team for a big effort this weekend. We are a small squad, so it makes it busier than usual. Well done guys.”
Gail Allingham, team manager added: “With the tight nature of the Supersport class we expected the championship lead to change hands at times throughout the year. So we are not disappointed to lose it at this stage, just the nature of how it happened. But that’s racing and Alastair and the team recovered well to grab a well-deserved podium in the feature race.
In the Superbike class we are delighted again to see that David is making progress and doing it in a mature and sensible manner. This weekend was very tough on track at times with the weather conditions, but he showed great composure. Leaving Knockhill with points’ scoring finishes in both races is a credit to David and will only boost his confidence and desire to improve on that, as we move forward with this new venture at EHA Racing. Thanks to those who turned up to support us as always: sponsors, family and fans. It makes the weekend more enjoyable all round.”
The next round of the British Superbike Championship takes place at Snetterton in Norfolk on the weekend of July 19/20/21.
For a full list of weekend results and championship standings please click here