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3rd May 2011 

Tunstall Takes Superbike Evo Podium

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Doodson Motorsport racer Tom Tunstall claimed his first British Superbike Evo podium with a hard fought third place at Croft over the weekend.

The third round of the 2011 British Superbike series was staged at Croft near Catterick in North Yorkshire and having managed to fit in a day’s testing following the previous round the 
Doodson Motorsport Team were in a buoyant mood.

In contrast to the opening rounds the team only made minor tweaks to the BMW S1000RR machine during the practice and qualifying sessions choosing to concentrate on getting the most from the powerful German machine.

Having improved his time by nearly a second in qualifying, Tunstall was placed 7th in the Evo class and explained:

“We think were on the right track with the bike set-up now and it’s a case of trying to get the best out of it. There’s still room for improvement in a couple of areas but the changes aren’t quite as big as we’ve been making at previous races and the bike is becoming a lot more predictable”.

The weather for Sunday race day was challenging for both teams and riders with very light drizzle leaving the track neither wet nor dry making tyre choice a lottery.

On the grid for race one the start was delayed as another belt of drizzle blew in meaning a revised distance of 18lap and a classified “Wet Race”. Tunstall and his team stuck to the decision of a wet front tyre and an intermediate rear Pirelli.

In exceptionally tricky conditions with light drizzle still falling on a patchy drying track, Tunstall set about making his way through the field.

When the safety car was brought out on lap eight Tunstall was up to third in the Evo class with Swiss Champion Patric Muff in pursuit.

As the race restarted, Tunstall struggled with rear grip and worked hard to keep his pace high.

With only four laps remaining Tunstall had a big slide out of the Chicane giving chance for the Swiss Honda rider chance to retake the third place.

The Doodson rider used the closing laps to plan his attack and on the last lap, with only three corners remaining he swooped up the inside into the Complex holding the place to the chequered flag and claiming his first Evo podium of the season.

“At the start of the race it was a tough call with tyre choice but we did some good homework during the morning warm up session, which helped, and although I struggled with rear grip after the safety car, I think we made the right choice. The bike was moving around a lot and I had a good race with Patric he wasn’t easy to pass but with a podium in sight I would have tried anything”.

“Getting third place is due reward for the whole Doodson Motorsport Team, as we’ve had a challenging start to the season and everyone is working hard to make it happen. We made best of the opportunity the changeable weather brought and it’s great to be back on the podium.”

Race two was held in full dry conditions and Tunstall couldn’t replicate the excellent race one result taking eight in the second twenty lap outing.

“It's been a very good weekend for us, we’ve made great strides since the last round at Oulton and race one was great. But we’re not out of the woods yet and we’ve still got work to do with the BMW. I’ve got the taste for champagne and we need to work hard to ensure we can taste it again soon!”

The fourth round takes place at another ex-airfield circuit at the fast and bumpy Thruxton in Hampshire over the weekend of the 28th – 30th of May

Photo courtesy of motoprofessional.com

Photo courtesy of motoprofessional.com

Photo courtesy of motoprofessional.com

Photo courtesy of Cheryl Chapman