Flawless Weekend For Weaving at Oulton
Flawless Weekend For Weaving at Oulton
Jordan Weaving tightened his grip at the top of the Pirelli Moto National Superstock 600 Championship at Oulton Park this weekend after a flawless performance that saw him topping sessions, taking pole position and then taking the victory from flag to flag.
The plan of the 19 year old was to remain relaxed throughout, just to focus on enjoying things and it proved to be just the medicine as he was untouchable on his NMT No Limits Kawasaki. Meanwhile across the garage, Cameron Lee, took his time to get to grips with the track and his bike before finishing in 26th spot in Sunday’s race, making progress and moving up four positions from his starting place on the grid.
After some time away from the Championship, Joe Burns came back into the Superstock 1000 paddock at Oulton on the Team Green Kawasaki ZX-10R. Ultimately though it wasn’t to be the return that he or the team would have liked as he failed to complete the race on Sunday afternoon as he pulled into the pits after eight laps.
The weekend couldn’t have started any better for Weaving, free practice saw the Gloucestershire based rider blasting to the front as he was over a second ahead of his nearest rival on track. That searing pace didn’t let up going into the first qualifying session before final qualifying where Weaving made his fastest lap around the Cheshire circuit and was the only rider to get underneath 1’ 40seconds all weekend to confirm pole position and his dominance over the opening two days.
As race day got underway, Weaving was flawless as he led from the front and not once looked likely to lose his lead. Although Carl Phillips, Keenan Armstrong and Lewis Rollo did their best to keep up with the #34 in front of them, their efforts were fruitless and following Weaving making his fastest lap of the race on lap seven, within a couple of laps he started to break away at the front. As the chequered flag came out, there was a 3.5second gap to Armstrong in second with Rollo third and Phillips in fourth, meaning Weaving extends his lead at the top of the standings to 16 points over Phillips with just two rounds of the season remaining.
Weaving said: "What a weekend that was! I couldn't have wished for a better return to Oulton Park, everyone knows it's a track I love and to come back and top every session, take pole position and then the win is a great feeling.
"The NMT No Limits Kawasaki team always work so hard and this weekend was no different so to get a result for them means so much, they deserve it. The support of family and friends is always important, they push me to be the person I am and I also have to thank all the fans for their support too. It was great to meet so many of them on Sunday morning at the Dickies stand.
"Although we lead the Championship, we're not thinking of that. It's about continuing in the same manner, week by week, round by round. We can't worry about what happens in two round's time, it's a very competitive competition so focussing on going to Donington and enjoying it is all we are doing."
Cameron Lee had a difficult weekend at Oulton, after initially admitting the lead up to the race could have been better where he struggled a little bit. After speaking with his team and his trainer, his mindset changed in warm up for the race and it showed when the red light went out. Although he was hoping for a top 15 finish which didn’t come to fruition, there were positives to take after making up four places and pushing to lap in his quickest time of the weekend on race day.
Lee said: "It was a tough round at Oulton Park, possibly my toughest yet, but I won't let things get me down. Free practice and qualifying didn't go how we would have hoped but after speaking to my riding coach we identified a few things that we could improve on, and then in the warm up before the race things went better.
"In the race I was aiming to make up ten places or so, but I ran my fastest lap of the weekend in the race. So while it wasn't ideal, we know it's about taking positives whatever they may be and now we're working on building on them this week and making an even bigger push at Donington at the weekend."