Wigley Racing Brands Hatch Race Report

Photo: Jamie Morris Photography
Photo: Jamie Morris Photography

 

Brands Hatch Race Report

This weekend was the 2015 British Superbike championship finale which took place at Brands Hatch GP. The weather proved to be unpredictable which is expected during the middle stages of October. We started Friday with a cold and wet session and so it took a while to get up to speed as all year we have been lucky enough to miss out on most of the rain. Matt left pit lane on a mission with the goal of hitting the pace from the green light, however, during the initial stages of the session he was feeling a bit too comfortable with the conditions and crashed out at turn 3 after struggling to keep the heat in the left side of the tyre. His lap time stayed within the top 5 for a long portion of the session but during the closing stages fell down to 25th. Kurt had the opposite approach to the practice where he took a few laps to get into a rhythm before chipping away at his time completing the session in 22nd.

Qualifying 1 took place Friday afternoon again under wet conditions as all day it continued to rain. Matt bounced back to his feet after the morning’s incident and worked on building his confidence and keeping the heat in the tyres in order to maximise grip. He spend the majority of the session jumping around in the top 15 before getting mugged on the closing laps leaving him in 18th which was a strong finish to build on for Q2. Kurt took his calm approach again by continuously building throughout the qualifying session which meant he was never too far away from Matt; however after getting held up in traffic on the final laps meant Kurt was unable to piece together his ideal lap leaving him in 23rd.

Saturday’s qualifying 2 was soon at our feet as we set out on a damp but drying circuit with having chosen dry tyres. Both of the lads found the beginning of the session tricky as determining where the circuit was slippery proved challenging. At the same time the session soon disappeared leaving both riders unpleased with their qualifying results although setting strong ideal times they didn’t quite manage to piece the lap together.

The team were in high spirits on Sunday morning due to the strong performances of both lads during previous rounds, despite having twice the work to do in the race as a result of not quite achieving the qualifying positions. They are capable to do so which has been proved this in their race lap times. Matt was to start 24th and Kurt 26th.

As the lights went out for the final race of the season, Kurt leaped in front of Matt into turn 1 during the carnage. The initial stages of the race became very aggressive on the first lap in mid pack but Kurt didn’t shy out of the opportunity of making an overtaking manoeuvre with Matt right on his rear wheel. Unfortunately, on lap 6 Matt was involved in a crash with another rider coming onto the back straight taking place inches behind Kurt. The crash dropped oil on the circuit which caused a red flag following another 4 riders crashing out on the same bend within seconds. The race was restarted with a 6 lap sprint continuing a lap back from the red flag. This put Kurt in 20th and leaving him determined to finish off the season on a high by gong for the points. The lights went out for the second time and Kurt didn’t hesitate before getting stuck in to climb up the field. During the sprint he set a new personal best lap time within the same second of the top 5 but after giving it his all with the little time he had Kurt crossed the line in 16th position missing out on the points by 0.06 of a second.

The whole team were pleased with the race and for Kurt to make a comeback from P26 to P16 was exceptional. Matt was okay after the crash and on a side note our fundraiser for Cancer Research was again successful after raising approximately an additional £250 – leaving us on £800 so far. We are extremely grateful for the support of the BSB public and everyone who got involved to help such a great cause.

We would like to thank EDZ again ever so much for your support this season and it is extremely appreciated.