Knockhill Jun 2019

Hi everyone and welcome back to another round up of racing action. This weekend the championship rolled in to Scotland as the races came from Knockhill in Fife. A short circuit with a lap only taking around 47 seconds on a Superbike.

Speaking of Superbikes we welcome back Ben Currie, who returned after missing the last round after suffering with his foot injury.

The normal Superbike qualifying was cancelled due to a heavy downpour of rain that arrived on Saturday. With no wet weather riding over the whole weekend, the Superbike class had a extended qualifying session of 40 minutes rather than the 3 session shoot out.

It was the returning Ben Currie who qualified highest out of the J&S backed riders. Ben put his JG Speedfit Kawasaki in 9th place and only .801 seconds away from pole. Joe Francis got the better of Glenn Irwin to start from 19th place with Glenn starting the first race from 20th position. All the riders moved up 1 position for the first race due to Keith Farmer suffering a nasty accident in the final moments of the qualifying session. So even though the riders had positions of 9th, 19th and 20th they were promoted up to 8th, 18th and 19th for the first race.

Sunday came around and mixed conditions once again with the track being wet but a dry line appearing. Ben made a steady start but a wrong tyre choice scuppered any chance of a points finish, Ben pulled into the pits and didn’t manage to finish the race. Joe also didn’t finish the first race and scored no points. Glenn made great progress through the field and battled his way up to 10th position by the end of the race.

Glenn Irwin
Glenn Irwin in action

The second race and more bad luck for 2 of the 3 riders. Ben pulled into the pits after suffering with some pain in his injured foot and Joe suffered his second DNF of the weekend. Glenn again had work to do from the start and came home in 9th place making it 4 top 10 finishes in a row!!

Supersport and GP2 races were both held on Sunday because of the shocking weather on Saturday. Josh Owens had a weekend to forget after having a massive off during free practice on Friday and resulted in a broken ankle. Get well soon Josh!!

This left Ross Twyman, he started the first race from 18th, the Supersport class is so tight and close with lap times that it only takes a tiny mistake and you can find yourself way down the field.

The first race on Sunday was run in the wet and with no dry line appearing on the track. Ross had a steady race and finished in 12th place but was the 9th Supersport bike to finish. In the second it was another great result for Ross and the team as he was in and around the top 10 all race long. He finished in 8th overall and 6th in the Supersport class – equalling his best result of the season so far.

Superstock 600 with Taylor Moreton and Louis Valleley. Taylor qualified in 15th place with Louis a row behind in 18th position. Only one race for the Stock 600 class this weekend and bad luck for Taylor who sadly pulled into the pits after suffering with set up issues. Louis made up 4 places by the end of the race to finish in 14th position.

In the Superstock 1000 we were still missing Billy McConnell who was recovering from his operation on his stomach. We still had Joe Collier who qualified in 20th place but only 1 second off the pole time. Levi Day on the IN Competition Aprilia in 8th place and finally his team mate and Scottish rider Lewis Rollo just ahead and starting the first race from 7th.   

In the first race Levi had a DNF which was down to an issue with one of his race boots (Not supplied by J&S I can thankfully say). Joe gained a few positions and finished in 15th place, Lewis had a race long battle with Andy Reid and was always close to him and managed to get the better of Andy on the final lap to cross the line in 5th place. The second race saw more rain once again. Levi had a better race and came home in 14th place just edging out Joe Collier who was 15th. Lewis had a solid weekend and secured another 5th place finish and another solid points haul for the weekend.

The last class was the Junior Supersport class. Joe Duggan had a successful weekend and was always improving with each session and race, he started the first race from 29th place and came home in 28th, the second race was much better for Joe and finished in 18th. Making an appearance in the Junior Supersport class was Zak Shelton, he qualified in 11th position and had fantastic results of 7th and 6th place respectfully in the 2 races.

Zak Shelton in action at Knockhill
Zak Shelton in action

That’s all from me for this weekend. The next round comes from Snetterton and will be held over the weekend of 19th-21st of July. So a little break for the riders and teams. Time to regroup and for injuries to heal and fitness to build. So until next time thanks for reading.