Oulton Park Proves Successful For NMT No Limits Kawasaki
Oulton Park Proves Successful For NMT No Limits Kawasaki
Oulton Park provided some of the the finest racing of the season in all classes this weekend as the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship and its support classes roll towards the season's crescendo. For NMT No Limits Kawasaki it was yet another weekend to remember as once again the STK600 duo of Mason Law and Jordan Weaving stood proud on the podium at the end of their twelve lap race around the challenging 2.7 mile Cheshire circuit.
As the first qualifying sessions got underway in the Friday afternoon sunshine, the confidence that Anderson had built in the morning Free Practice session was tempered by a technical issue with his machine that restricted him to an unfamiliar 29th fastest time. Saturday's second qualifying session saw the former STK600 podium man improve his time and position to secure 24th place for Sunday's race. For Law, Weaving and their immaculate Kawasaki ZX-6Rs it was Friday's Q1 positions of second and eleventh that counted as the unusually early second qualifying session on Saturday morning took place on a damp circuit with no improvement on Friday's times.
After an uncharacteristically long wait, the STK600 race got under way under increasingly leaden skies as championship leader Mason Law looked to place both hands on the STK600 crown. After an early challenger faded it was left to Law to hold his nerve as he rode a tactical race with title rival Mackenzie, who needed to win, however despite smashing the lap record on the final lap, Law lost out by just 0.093s at the flag.
Team-mate Jordan Weaving made impressive progress through from eleventh to third, including an audacious pass over Clay Hill, as the laps ticked down. The reigning British Motostar Moto3 Champion secured his second successive podium for NMT No Limits Kawasaki and with it, a leap in to the top six of the championship.
The Pirelli National STK1000 race saw Nick Anderson fight hard to make his way through a congested field and unfamiliar mid-pack riders, but credit to the 23 year old's determination, a nineteenth place finish and a best lap some 1.2 seconds faster than his qualifying time, belied the overall result. Despite the race result not where Anderson and his crew had hoped ahead of the weekend, there are many positives to take to Silverstone for the next round in early October.
Team manager Barry Boughton was delighted with the weekend, "That was absolutely fabulous, everything is going the right way for the STK600 guys. We knew we had a job to do this weekend with more than one eye on the championship so with Mason battling for the lead all the way through the race was fantastic. We now look forwards to Silverstone for Mason to clinch the championship, and it's in his hands to do what he needs to do.
Jordan we're really pleased for, it proves that Cadwell Park wasn't a one-off or a fluke result. He battled through and took some big scalps on the way. I think with today's results we've cemented our name across the paddock as the team to be with and this has sent a clear message out to those guys who may be looking for a ride next year that our doors are open and we're listening.
We continue to work hard with Nick and the Kawasaki ZX-10R, he got faster and faster throughout the weekend, his race pace was on average 0.6s faster than his qualifying time. We need to work on getting up to race pace in the qualifying sessions to give him a better chance on the to ten finishes we know he's capable of.
We're all looking forward to Assen in a couple of weeks time, the races aren't part of the regular championship so we're looking to have a less intense time over there but hopefully can bring home some decent results for our Dutch sponsors and then we'll be well set for Silverstone in early October."
STK1000 rider Nick Anderson said "The weekend has been tough but once again we've learned a lot, to not score points isn't ideal but the lap times were there. We're obviously taking the positives from this one and moving on to the last couple of rounds to get back inside that top ten. I'm looking forward to Silverstone, it's incredibly fast on the big bike but I've always gone well there so I'm confident we can return the results our potential shows."
STK600 Championship leader Mason Law was magnanimous after his eight podium from ten races, "It was an intersting race but not the way I wanted it to go. The most important thing was to stay on the bike and get as many points as we could, for sure the championship would have been nice but we're playing the long game, certainly if it was a one-off round the result might have been different. Mid-race I had a gap but decided not to push on to hard and risk crashing, we only need a point now we'll go to Silverstone an prepare in exactly the same way as we have all season. A huge thanks goes to my NMT No Limits Kawasaki team and my sponsors, let's do the business at Silverstone."
After securing his second successive podium, Jordan Weaving was delighted with his race, he said afterwards, "I'm really happy with today's podium, the last one at Cadwell Park was a bit lucky so this one proves that we can keep doing it and we have the confidence for more before the end of the season. I'm loving the bike and I can't thank my team and sponsors enough for getting us this far in our first season in STK600. We've learned a lot since we were here in May and I'm really enjoying my racing so hopefully we can continue in this way until the end of the season. Thanks to everyone for their support."