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12th October 2010 

Seasons Best for Tunstall




The British Superbike Season Finale saw Doodson Motorsport racer Tom Tunstall take his best results of the year, with a 12th and 13th place finish for the Yorkshireman...

Oulton Park in Cheshire hosted the illustrious British Superbike Championship for the second time in 2010, with three races over the weekend bringing the series to a climax.

After qualifying Tunstall concluded:
“I’m happy with the progress, and to get into the 1m 37’s is great and my consistency is good. I was a tenth or so off in the second phase which put us back a couple of places but I’m on the same row so I’m not too concerned. A good start and we’re away...”

Tunstall held position at the start of race one before cutting his way past BMW mounted Steve Brogan and Adam Jenkinson. In the meantime Chris Walker had worked his way through the trio and Tunstall made chase of the former world superbike race winner, but unable to close the gap took 17th at the flag.

“I lost the tow from Chris trying to get passed Brogan and Jenkinson. My times are good enough to put us 17th on tomorrow’s grid so I’m confident we can build from there”.

A record breaking 45,000 race fans were bathed in late summer sun for Sunday’s final races. The first of which saw Tunstall fly off the line and was up to 16th when eight laps into the race, title fighter Tommy Hill crashed heavily bringing out the red flag.

Restarted over only 7 laps the Doodson backed rider was 15th after lap one. The progress continued as he climbed up to 13th on lap two and then 11th. Relentless Suzuki rider Michael Laverty got passed on the fourth lap giving Tunstall 12th place.

Despite his best efforts Tunstall held 12th at the finish but was only 0.3 seconds from an elusive top 10 finish.

“Another lap or two and I’m sure I’d have got tenth but with only seven laps I didn’t have time... Still it’s our best result of the season and I’m well happy to get a top 12 finish, it’s my best result yet on a superbike. My times have got me up to 14th for the final race and I want to make the most of it!”

Jenkinson and [Simon] Andrews got passed Tom on the opening 2.69mile lap which he completed in 16th. Tunstall then passed Dan Linfoot to 15th before the Safety Car was deployed after Gary Mason crashed out possibly leaving oil on the track. 

When the race resumed Linfoot got back passed. By lap eight Tunstall was up to 13th and battling with Japanese Worx Suzuki rider Yukio Kagayama. Along with Jenkinson the trio scrapped for 11th after passing Andrews on the penultimate lap.

Despite setting his fastest time of the weekend on the final lap Tunstall couldn’t find a way past and crossed the line in 13th – only a second off Kagayama in 11th.

“I made a mistake when the safety car came in, the group in front bunched up and I got caught in the wrong gear. I did all I could to catch Yuki and Adam and try for 11th as you can see from the times but it wasn’t to be. It’s been a great day though and by far our strongest weekend of the year.

“It’s been a tough season for us, we’ve had our fair share of bad luck and it’s no coincidence that this has been our smoothest meeting and therefore most successful. The whole team deserve today’s results for the hard work we’ve put in this year and for that I’m very grateful”.

“I’d also like to extend my sincere thanks to Doodson Broking group and all our sponsors, supporters and partners who’ve helped make this year happen. With the 2011 British Superbike calendar released we’re already looking to build and come back stronger next year”


photo courtesy of motoprofessional.com

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