Points Secured Across The Board At Snetterton
Points Secured Across The Board At Snetterton
A podium and healthy point scoring finishes were the highlights of a terrific weekend for NMT No Limits Kawasaki at Snetterton.
Jordan Weaving finished in second place with Nick Anderson also in the points in the Stock 600 class, while in Stock 1000 James East posted his best placed finish of the season to date marking a positive weekend all round in Norfolk.
The weather has played havoc with setup for all teams over the last few rounds and last weekend it was no different. It was damp for all three riders as everyone was trying to adjust to the greasy conditions in free practice on Friday. But by the first qualifying session later in the afternoon the sun shone on the track and lap times naturally fell as a consequence.
Things began to click into place, with Weaving ending Q1 in 3rd, Anderson finishing in 20th spot and in the 1000cc class, East was following a similar pattern. Easing his way through each session before putting in his fast laps in Q1 to provisionally qualify in the top ten for the race.
On Saturday the great British weather put paid to any chances of progression for anyone, with some of the riders electing to not risk going out in the wet conditions knowing that the times from Q1 would not be threatened.
Race day proved a productive one for NMT No Limits Kawasaki with each of the three riders making significant improvements. Jordan Weaving and Nick Anderson set about pushing the front runners right from the off. With Weaving holding his third place starting position he kept Championship leader Carl Phillips within his sights along with Tom Ward in second spot, meanwhile a little further back Anderson was doing his best to cut his way through the pack from the seventh row.
The number 47 machine forged a path into the points before finishing in a creditable 11th spot and picked up a healthy points haul, his second points scoring finish in as many rides on the Team Green supplied Kawasaki ZX-6R. In the heat of the battle for top spot in the race, Weaving kept his cool to chip away at Phillips who couldn’t keep up with Ward at the front. With just over a lap to go, Weaving made his move demoting Phillips into second position and he made a break for the front. Although he couldn’t catch the eventual race winner, Weaving was happy to be back on the podium and ahead of the current Championship leader as the chequered flag came out.
“It’s been a good but difficult weekend,” Weaving said.
“In the last lap of qualifying I had a good clear lap which would have put me in pole position but a small error at the end of the back straight caused me to crash. The team worked hard to get the bike ready again, so I owed them a performance for their hard work in getting me out there.
“The race was good, I sat behind the leaders just counting down the laps until the second from last lap. I saw that Ward started to pull a gap in front and I knew I had to make a move quickly to stand a chance of winning the race. Unfortunately though I couldn't bridge the gap and I just had to settle for 2nd. I'm happy for the team and happy to score solid points and it builds more confidence going into the next round.”
Anderson was a little disappointed he didn’t make further progress despite making up almost 10 places from his starting position on the grid, but he too is pleased that strides forward continue to be made on the ZX-6R.
He said: “The bike and package I have are very strong, it's just a few minor details which are costing us in the early stages of the weekend.
“For the race we gambled on a setting due to lack of dry time on the bike over the weekend and time is so precious at every round that we need to make the most of every available minute. I was very aggressive during the opening few laps and managed to make up several places but as I began to push on to the group in front I started experiencing chatter in the slower corners which hampered my progress. So 11th place was as far forwards as we could go. I think we could have qualified a little further forward but I'm fairly happy with the result considering I started back in 20th.
“I'm hoping that we can fit some testing in before Thruxton to really get a handle on the bike and so I can have more time to really adjust back to the smaller machine and make even more progress.”
As the Superstock 1000 race got underway there was controversy almost from the off, a crash strewn first three corners brought out the yellow flag in damp, muggy conditions. Out came the safety car for a couple of laps and as the car turned off it’s lights and rolled back down pit lane, East quickly settled into a rhythm and was soon battling with James Rose for seventh spot, advancing through the pack and showing he was in the mood for a battle.
Leon Jeacock was the next victim for East who made a strong move at Oggies to move past him and into sixth position on lap five. There was a five-way fight for fifth spot with four laps remaining with East continually in the thick of the action. The intense battle showed no signs of letting up as the last lap came around and East finished the race in seventh spot; his highest finishing position of the season to date. However, following an investigation by Race Direction for an incident during the race, a change was made to the standings which saw the NMT No Limits Kawasaki rider moved up to 6th spot. East is now looking to use the result as the perfect platform for a regular top ten finish for the rest of the season.
“What we didn't achieve at Knockhill we certainly did at Snetterton, and the improvements we made to the bike at Knockhill certainly came to fruition at Snetterton too.” East said.
“We utilised the track time well over the weekend and we have more improvements to try in the near future, but this may well be marked as the turning point for us this season.
“Due to an investigation after the race, a change was made to the result and we have been awarded 6th place, so the goal we set has been achieved.
“So now we set a bigger one; that being a place on the podium. I hope to achieve this at the Brands Hatch GP, but for Thruxton there’s no reason why we can't at least continue in the same vein as we have here this weekend.”