3rd May 2011
The Second round of the 2011 British Superbike Championship saw Tom Tunstall start to make inroads with his new BMW gaining confidence and points with the new machine.
picturesque and undulating Oulton Park circuit in Cheshire is renowned
as a technical and physical track, which presented a formidable
challenge for the Yorkshireman who was still suffering the effects of
his foot injury and lack of track time after crashing at Cartagena in
Spain in March.
and his Doodson Motorsport backed team were keen to pick up from the
tough opening round the previous weekend and the consistent dry weather
gave plenty of opportunity to hone the S1000RR.
into race day the search for a satisfactory bike set-up continued and
each of the two 18-lap races were preceded by radical changes to the
bike as Tunstall explained:
in standard spec the BMW is a fantastic bike, but we aren’t able to run
a lot of the standard parts so we have to start from scratch. On a
superbike there are many variables and each effect and compromise each
other which makes the job complicated.”
made some massive changes to the bike geometry for race day as we know
we’re far from our potential at the moment. It means the races are test
sessions with points for us!
one was hard work for Tunstall and despite lapping eight tenths faster
than qualifying he was rewarded seventh place in the EVO class.
changes to the bike geometry and front fork springs in the second
outing brought progress, and once familiar with the way the bike
handled with the new setting he was able to lap consistently at his
passing Aaron Zanotti on lap nine a crash by Josh Brookes brought out
the safety car at the half way point and closed the grid back together.
After the restart Tunstall passed fellow BMW rider Barry Burrell to
claim sixth place at the flag.
far to say we still have a lot of work to do to get to the level we
know are capable of and be fighting for the podium. Although it can be
very frustrating at times we must take heart from the fact we are
heading in the right direction.
desperately need to test away from the races to minimise the disruption
to the race weekend so we can turn up and get on with racing rather
than bike development, something I’m certainly looking forward to!”
next round see the British Superbike Championship visit Tom's home
county of Yorkshire over the weekend of the 13th-15th of May
All photos courtesy of motoprofessional.com