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28th September 2010 

Tunstall Storms at Silverstone

Doodson Motorsport racer Tom Tunstall charged through from the back row of the grid to make it eight point scores in a row at Silverstone, the penultimate round of the British Superbike Championships.

The newly revised Silverstone Arena GP circuit presented a fresh challenge for the Doodson Motorsport team; with only one corner remaining from the old “international track” the learning curve was steep as Tunstall explained:

“The track is mega - wide, fast, and flowing and a lot different to other UK tracks where there a lot of stop/start heavy braking. It reminds me of some of the European tracks we raced world Supersport on.”
“From both a riding and bike set-up point of view it requires a different approach and with each lap we’re learning and progressing.”
The improvements continued in qualifying as Tunstall claimed 17th on the grid with a lap speed averaging 101.04mph.
“There’s still areas where I think we can improve and we’re going to try a different set-up in warm up. My consistency is good and I’m sure I can lap faster”

With race one originally started on a dry track, after only a few laps rain started to fall, bringing out the red flag. The teams worked frantically to modify the settings to suit the changing conditions however a mistake meant that Tunstall missed the pit lane opening and was forced to the back of the 31 rider grid.

In greasy and difficult conditions the Yorkshireman fought hard as he charged through the field. With a top 10 pace he passed Stuart Easton and Hudson Kenaugh in the closing laps to claim 15th at the flag.

“Obviously it was frustrating to start from the back, but I’m happy with how I turned it around. The conditions were pretty tricky, as it started to dry everyone’s tyres shredded but I kept it smooth and worked my way through...
“It was a lot of fun to be honest it’s a shame there wasn’t more laps!”

The rain continued to fall and a delayed race two was held in full wet conditions.

Appearing to struggle in the opening laps, once up to speed picked off a few places taking 17th at the finish and afterwards explained;

“We changed the setting for the second race and for the first couple of laps I really struggle for grip and had some big moments.
“Initially I thought it was down to the changes but after a few laps I realised there was oil on the track. I got my confidence back but there were some big gaps & it turned out to be a fairly lonely race”.

“I’m happy with my riding especially in qualifying and the first race. It’s hard to believe we’ve only got one race left this year... Onto Oulton now and we’ll continue to work hard to finish the season on a high”

The final round of the 2010 series takes place over the weekend of 9th/10th of October and is a triple header with one race on the Saturday and two races on the Sunday at Oulton Park in Cheshire.

photo courtesy of motoprofessional.com

photo courtesy of motoprofessional.com

photo courtesy of motoprofessional.com