The Di-Spark and Dragons Logistics sponsored rider Sam Coventry and his team PR Racing BMW arrived at the final round of the British Superbike championship at Brands Hatch. Sam and the team were looking forward to a good finish to the season.
Sam’s FP1 session kicked off in dry conditions Sam finished the session P19 after trying some different set ups. FP2 came around and Sam set a time of 1.28.9 which was .4 off his PB at Brands but it only put him P20 in the session and 1.3 seconds off P1. This showed the weekend was going to be close across the Superstock 1000 class.
Saturday came around and Sam was out for Qualifying. Conditions were good and Sam got straight on it and set a 1.28.9 on his 3rd lap but unfortunately he crashed on lap 4 when pushing on at Sheene Curve and made a mess of the bike. He starts P21 of 38 for the race. The whole team worked hard and got the bike rebuilt ready for Sundays race.
Sunday’s race was here and Sam was looking forward to getting and good start and fighting for points, Sam got off the line very well and straight to P15 but then got tangled up with another rider’s crash and this dropped him back to P18, the safety car was out for a further 3 laps while they cleared the crash. The race then restarted and Sam got up to P17 and stayed there for the remainder of the race. It was a tough ask for Sam to get into the points but the team could see he gave his best and tried 100% but a top 15 wasn’t to be after a big crash in qualifying.
Sam would like to say thank you PR Racing BMW for their hard work in rebuilding the bike after the big crash.
Also Sam would like to thank Di-Spark, Dragons Logistics, Tudor Installations, Oxford Products, 4SR and everyone else for their continued support during the 2017 season, it’s been a mixed but enjoyable year after swapping teams halfway through the season, but Sam and PR Racing BMW have accomplished some good results and this couldn’t have been achieved without all his sponsors. Sam now looks forward to the 2018 season.
Di-Spark sponsored Sam Coventry impressed on his trip away to Assen TT Circuit in Holland as he joined the Dutch Superbikes for one weekend only. PR Racing took on the 24-year-old from Waterlooville midway through the season as their second rider alongside Jakub Smrz who currently rides in the British Superbikes and has been impressing ever since.
Normally Coventry takes part in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000cc Championship but this weekend was to see something slightly different. After two qualifying sessions, one in extremely wet conditions the other in the dry, he placed the BMW 1000RR on the second row in fifth place giving him a good view of the first corner ready for the BeNeCup Championship for Dutch Superbike and Supersport, 14 lap race.
From the moment the lights went out he took off to the first left-hander going straight into second position. He was having a great number of battles with Ben Godfrey and Rinze Lumistra after dropping back to fifth due to running superstock Pirelli Supercorsa tyres instead of Superbike slick tyres. It was an exciting battle and after dropping another place, Coventry hit back to overtake on the last lap to take fifth place on the line. He was the third of the British team to take the chequered flag. That meant it was another amazing result as he was awarded a trophy and stood up on the podium. It was a very positive result and made for a great weekend across the water in Holland. Coventry and PR Racing will be out again for the final round of the Superstock series in just under two weeks’ time at Brands Hatch from October 13 to October 15.