Sam Coventry, was the rider of the day in the G&S Racing Kawasaki team, scoring the first points of the new season for the team & Di-Spark at Brands Hatch in Monday’s Superstock 1000 race, finishing in 15th place. He was 18th in Sunday’s 50 mile race while Tom Fisher registered 25th and 24th in the two races and Ben Luxton was unlucky to crash in the Superstock 600 event.
Starting the 50 mile race on Sunday from an eighth row grid position Sammy Coventry didn’t get the best of starts and found himself down in 27th place at the end of the first lap. But he began his recovery and picked off riders consistently until he made it up to 18th place on lap 25. He began to gain on the rider ahead who had an advantage of three seconds, but the race was brought to an early end when rain began to fall. The result was declared on positions at 27 laps which gave Sam and ‘Di-Spark World-Class Machining’ an 18th place finish.
In the shorter 24 lap race on Monday Coventry again was slow to get away but he once again set about making up places – picking off riders on every lap until he reached 17th place on lap 16. He was some way behind the next rider but began to reel him in and on lap 19 passed both Matej Smrz and Branden Elliott to take up 15th position. Too far away from the next rider he had to settle for a fine 15th place to pick up his first championship point for G&S Racing Kawasaki & Di-Spark World-Class Machining.
Sam and the team will be at the official BSB test on Thursday at Oulton so hopefully we can iron out a few niggles and find a good set up in preparation for the next round.
Sam would like to thank all his loyal sponsors who make racing possible.
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Sam Coventry – riding for G&S Racing Kawasaki, raced at the first round of ‘BSB Pirelli National Superstock 1000’ at Donington Park (31st March to 2nd April 2017) alongside team mates Tom Fisher and Ben Luxton. G&S Kawasaki had a challenging start to the season, with both Tom and Ben sustaining crashes – but Di-Spark’s rider, Sam Coventry finished his races in an impressive 21st place on his debut for G&S Kawasaki and Superstock 1000.
After qualifying in 25th position, Sam Coventry began the new-format Superstock 1000 race from a ninth row grid position and despite the difficult weather conditions he rode well to finish the first half of the 100 mile race in 24th position, coming in for refueling and a change of tyres before taking his place on the grid for the start of the second half of the race.
Now promoted to the eighth row, Sam knuckled down and hauled himself back up from 26th on the first lap, to chase after the riders ahead. He gained 3 places on the second lap and entered into a race long battle with James White. The pair moved up into 21st and 22nd position exchanging places throughout the race but Sam managed to get ahead on the final lap to take a very creditable 21st place on his first outing in the big-bike class.
Starting Sunday’s race from the eighth row, Coventry quickly moved up into 18th position but the race was red flagged when three riders crashed on lap two and the grid was reformed. On the re-start Sam didn’t get such a good start and completed the first lap in 26th place. But he pushed on and worked his way back up the field and once again took the chequered flag in 21st place.
Team manager Mark Fisher,
Sam did really well on his first time out for the team. He found it tough going into two 50 mile races on Saturday but he coped well and went faster with every lap. The Sunday race ended with the same result of 21st but his lap times were coming down and he enjoyed his race.
The next round is at Brands Hatch over the Easter weekend of April 14-17
Di-Spark congratulate Sam Coventry and G&S Racing Kawasaki on an impressive debut ride and look forward to reporting further progress during the 2017 season.