Law Cements Championship Lead At Oulton Park
Law Cements Championship Lead At Oulton Park
Mason Law took his third win of the season at Oulton Park this weekend, with Jordan Weaving and Tom Oliver securing good finishes on Bank Holiday Monday. With Matt Whitman crashing out of the Superstock 1000 race on the final lap.
And from the off, Championship leader Mason Law flew out of the blocks and topped the free practice time sheet, with team mates Tom Oliver and Jordan Weaving in 11th and 21st respectively. But prior to the first qualifying session on Saturday, the rain hit the 2.6-mile circuit forcing the riders change their setups. Mason Law ended the session in an unfamiliar 5th place, with a resurgent Weaving provisionally sitting in 7th and Tom Oliver in 12th. Come Sunday the weather changed dramatically after over night rain, the sun graced the Oulton Park circuit and dried the track out ahead of the final qualifying session. Law pushed hard but just couldn’t pip Tarran Mackenzie to pole position, and would start the race on Monday in second place. Tom Oliver worked hard and ended the session in 10th place, but Jordan Weaving failed to make the dry conditions work in his favour after suffering from arm pump, and qualified in 24th place. As the lights went out on race day Mason ran in second place after the opening lap, but then forced his way past Tarran Mackenzie and took the lead. He controlled the race from the front and took the flag to his third victory in a row in 2015. Teammates Tom Oliver and Jordan Weaving rode hard all race, taking the flag in 10th, and 18th place respectively, with Weaving battling arm pump all race long.
The team’s Superstock 1000 rider for this round Matt Whitman, started the weekend great finishing the first free practice in 20th place on only his second time out on the bike. Q1 in the wet conditions saw Whitman down in 28th place, but come Sunday that would all change. Q2 saw Whitman improve his lap time by nearly five seconds from the free practice, and would line him in 16th place for the race on Bank Holiday Monday. From the off on race day Matt got off to a great start and was running in the points in 14th place, until the final lap when he high sided coming out of the Shell Oil’s hairpin, thankfully unhurt. After the weekend, Team Manager Barry Boughton said: “Mason has got lots of confidence and has a great bunch of guys working around him. And we expected him to be at the front, and from his grid spot of second he then got his head down and got in front and controlled the race. He’s now got a 33-point lead in the championship, so we can’t ask for anything more from him. “Jordan again found qualifying difficult in the dry, but in the wet he had reasonable pace. It’s mainly changing his riding style from what he knows of riding the moto3 bike, it’s taking time but the more track time he has the better. He’s brought it home safely after battling with some good riders, and that’s what we want from him in the here and now so he can build in the future. “Matt came in as a one off ride because we needed to get the bike out there, Nick has nearly fully recovered so Matt came in for the round and started off cautiously, but qualified in a great position and was going well in the race but sadly he had a freaky accident and thankfully he’s ok. So we’ll go again in three weeks time at Donington Park alongside the World Superbikes.” Championship leader Mason Law said: “This weekend hasn’t been so easy as its looked from the outside, I picked up injury last week training but the BSB medics have done a great job in helping me out, because after FP1 I was really struggling on the breaks. “But other than that the pace this weekend has been weird, almost a second slower than last year, but I knew the settings in the bike were good and the bike was well within itself. We’ve got the race win and the lap record so its fantastic, and I can’t wait for Donington Park.” Team mate Jordan Weaving said: “The weekend has been a really tough one, the first qualifying went well, but in Q2 I suffered really bad arm pump and I had to start from 24th. Before the race I was nervous because of the arm pump, I suffered a little bit because of it during the race but I just wanted to bring it home and get some confidence, and build on that for Donington Park.” A dejected Matt Whitman concluded: “I’m disappointed because everything went really well, I went a lot quicker than I thought I would do. But it’s just a shame I crashed, the team is mega and I just want to thank them for everything they’ve done.” The team now has a three-week break, before travelling to Donington Park for round four of the Championship.