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31st August 2010 

 More Problems, But Progress for Tunstall

British Superbike racer Tom Tunstall suffered mechanical woes and a lack of track time but still bounced back to score points as well as making great progress at the latest round over the weekend.

Cadwell Park was the stage, as the British Superbike Championships visited the Lincolnshire circuit for the second time in 2010.

Preparations for Tom and his Doodson Motorsport Team had initially gone well during the first free practice session however a broken crankshaft on Sunday morning cast a long shadow, as Tunstall explained;

“I don’t think we’ve had a straight forward weekend this season!

“Obviously to lose our best engine was disappointing but the team did a great job to even get me out for qualifying. Unfortunately the gear lever then came off and I ended up with only six or seven minutes to get dialled in and get a time which wasn’t ideal, I didn’t really click and that’s why we’ve ended up back in 23rd on the grid.”

The first of the two Bank Holiday Monday races saw Tunstall get away well, making up places from the first lap. Lapping faster than he’d ever done around the tight and undulating 2.18mile track he passed Aprilia mounted Chris Burns on lap 11 and from then had a fairly lonely race. Benefitting from the last corner fracas between John Laverty and Tommy Bridewell, Tunstall was classified as 15th and the final points scorer.

Race two saw the Doodson Motorsport rider set an even faster pace. From the fourth lap he was under his previous best lap time and continued to improve lap by lap until the race was prematurely ended on lap 13 when James Edmeandes fell heavily from his KTM.

“I’ve got mixed feelings once again...

“Considering the issues we’ve had I’m happy how the team and I turned things around. We were suffering from a lack of track time today, you could see that from the lap times as literally lap by lap I was getting quicker.

“At this level you can’t give anyone a head start but through little fault of our own that’s what happened this weekend. But like other times this year when we’ve had issues it just deepens our resolve to come back stronger and get the chance to show what we can do.”

The next opportunity for Tom and the Doodson Motorsport team comes in just under two weeks time when the British Superbike Championships visit the teams home county of Yorkshire with Croft hosting the next round on the weekend of the 10th-12th September...

photo courtesy of motoprofessional.com

photo courtesy of motoprofessional.com

photo courtesy of motoprofessional.com

photo courtesy of motoprofessional.com