Alastair Seeley was robbed of a potential British Supersport Championship double race win at Silverstone, when his rear tyre punctured on the last lap of Sunday’s feature race whilst contesting the lead. He eventually limped home in fourth place.
The Ulsterman took pole position and the British Supersport Sprint race victory on Saturday, much to the delight of his EHA Racing team, who last run the double British champion at this year’s International North West 200 in May, where he took two Supersport wins and a new lap record.
Seeley’s victory in race one was just six-hundredths of a second ahead of Dubliner Jack Kennedy, with just 0.6secs covering the top five riders. Race two was also set for a similar grandstand finish, but the aforementioned puncture ended Seeley’s hopes of a double victory, but he certainly covered himself in glory on his return to the EHA Racing fold.
David Allingham, still nursing a hand injury after his unfortunate crash at Thruxton, recovered after a sluggish start on Saturday to post a brave and impressive fifth placed finish on his CF Motorsport prepared EHA Racing Yamaha. This leaves Allingham fifth in the championship standings with just three rounds remaining at Oulton Park, Assen and Brands Hatch.
Seeley said of his return: “I was delighted with Saturday’s win and was really looking to grab a double on my return to riding with EHA Racing. When the rear started pumping late on, I was thinking we could be in trouble, but was confident I could manage it and push for the win – but when the tyre punctured it deflated very quickly. Managing this at high speed can be tricky and dangerous but thankfully I was only a couple of corners from the flag, so could nurse it home. I’d like to thank everyone for making this weekend happen at very late notice. Hopefully we can sort something this week to keep me on the EHA Racing Yamaha until the end of the season, as I think we proved this weekend we can challenge for the wins now at the last three rounds.”
David Allingham said: “It’s been a tough weekend for me and I’ve struggled with some issues that have been very frustrating. We worked hard all weekend to rectify these and I’ve even adapted my riding style to try and help overcome these little problems. That was a real dogfight I was in on Sunday and as much as I’m not happy that we are not at the front challenging for the podium, I should be fully fit for Oulton which is a track I really enjoying racing at.”
Team Manager Gail Allingham said: “Alastair has slotted seamlessly back into the EHA Racing set up this weekend and proved in both races, why it was well worth the effort for all involved to get him onto the bike. We will need to overcome budget constraints to keep that option open for Alastair, but will work hard with his people to try and make it happen in the coming days. David possibly expected too much of himself coming back from an injury that hasn’t fully healed and his fifth place on Sunday was very pleasing. It was a busy weekend, but thanks to everyone for the big effort and to our sponsors for their continued support.”
The next round of the British Supersport Championship get’s underway in just five days’ time at Oulton Park [September 14/15/16].
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