The 4th round of the MCE British Superbike championship held at Knockhill in Scotland was always going to be a huge affair for Team WD40 with 2 Scottish riders and Stauff UK having a major presence in the offshore industry. All 3 Team WD40 riders had tested at the Track before the event, although only on Niall Mackenzie track days they had gained a good feel for the place.
SBK:- building on our results at Snetterton all of free practice was used looking for the perfect race pace as we had already found our qualifying set-up. The MCE British Superbike qualifying has a 3 group structure, Q1 all riders , Q2 the top 18 from Q1 and Q3 the Top 10 from Q2. In Q1 Barry and his crew of Crusty, Dan, Tom and Ra Ra showed their potential with Baz able to post a series of quick times easily settling into Q2 – Again Barry shone with times as high as 6th place, as the chequered flag came out we were sat in 9th but fast laps by Smrz and Rutter after the flag pushed us out by under a tenth of a second to finish 11th on the grid and Great effort by all.
Race 1. Unfortunately Barry did not make a good start and left himself work to do over the next 30 laps, but he was up to the task ahead. Pushing forward Barry was up to 10th on lap 9 and 8th on lap 18 and fought to the very end to close on the leaders. 8th was a fantastic result showing our true potential and securing 8th place on the grid for Race 2.
Race 2. As most of you would have seen on live TV lasted less than a lap for Barry as he was taken out at the hairpin by a rash move from James Westmoreland sending both riders crashing out, such a shame !
Barry Burrell: “I have really enjoyed this weekend the guy’s have done a brilliant job with the ‘Team WD40’ ZX10 making it easy for me to produce consistent top ten times. Race 1 was great I had made a little mistake at the start dropping back but quickly found my rhythm and really start to enjoy the fight pushing forward. I got into 8th on lap 18 with the factory Suzuki of John Hopkins hot on my heels and we set off after 7th, I was really happy to easily hold off John and close 7th and bring home our first top 10 of the Season. Race 2 was just plain stupid to be taken out on the first lap James came to apologise but big Geoff sorted that out J - I just can’t wait for the next round at Brands Hatch where I had my best ever result a couple of years ago in 4th ”
STK 600:- Having visited the track the week before with Barry and taylor, Tarran was in great form for his family’s home event. Throughout Practice and Qualifying he was never out of the top 4. In final qualifying as the rain started to fall Taz made a supreme effort to secure a front row slot his first of the season for Team WD40.
Tarran made the most of his home advantage at the start of the Pirelli Superstock 600 race in front of a huge sun kissed Scottish crowd holding on to 3rd place in the thick of a battle with the leading group. Forcing his way through to 2nd on lap for he set off after the leader Yamaha’s Andy Reid. Cheered on by the thousands lining the track side and breaking the lap record Taz managed to level with Andy coming out of the last corner but did not have just enough to win but secured his first STK 600 poduim.
Tarran Mackenzie said: “I am so HAPPY to get second and my first podium for Team WD40 at my home circuit in front of this fantastic crowd, I could hear them at times cheering me on, I really thought I could win but just did not have enough today. I have to thank me Team for a fantastic bike the ZX6 has worked mega all weekend. I would also like to thank all the sponsors both the teams and my personal for making it all possible and I can’t wait for Brands Hatch!“
STK 1000:- Ben Young must think the world is against him as nothing has quite gone his way, a small electrical problem in Q1 and then it rained in Q2 he again started towards the back of the grid. This time a more relaxed and determined Benny came to the grid, making a great start he never stopped pushing forward to again match the times set last year by Tommy he just missed out on being towards the points a brilliant effort on the day.
Ben Young said: “My family and Girlfriend were over from Canada and I really wanted to do well here at what used to be my home track, things did not go my way with a couple of little problems with the bike and then when it was all sorted for last qualifying it rained. I have to thank the team for being right behind me all the way and giving me a great bike for the race. I want everything to go right at Brands so we can have fun and race for results.”
Brent Gladwin Team WD-40’s manager, said: “What a weekend is what I said after Snetterton this weekend has just been brilliant. Travelling to Scotland for the races at Knockhill is quite a job for the majority of the BSB paddock, it is 6 hours each way for us from Sheffield. This year we were really looking forward to it for obvious reasons in Taz and Benny Scottish origins. We have continued our efforts in development of all the racing program where my boys are doing a great job. Tarran came here with one thing in mind to overturn what happened to him last year and WOW what a way to do it with our first STK 600 podium. Barry and the Superbike crew had a fantastic weekend showing our potential and getting into the top 10 and Ben did a great job in the race too. We have a new web site thanks to Direct Computers so everything continues on the up roll on Brands Hatch."
Photos by Aaron Scott
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