Sam Coventry had a mixed weekend at the picturesque circuit in Little Budworth, this the second time out at Oulton Park this season and he was looking to improve on his times. Free Practice 1 saw him come over the line 13th after 15 laps of the track, although it seemed warm the track temperature was dropping rapidly throughout there practice time. Coventry, 22 from Waterlooville in Bournemouth sheepishly came out for free practice 2 as the rain came and went at least 4 times in the session making it hard to get a clear time and eventually came back in 18th place. He was not going to let it deter him from what he wanted to do as the bike was feeling great, so he focused on qualifying and moving up the grid. Only managing to go up one position on last time he was to start the grid on the out side of the grid in 17th position which could help him to go around the out side and force his way through the track.
The Sprint race was to be on the Saturday after noon as usual which is the shorter of the two races that the Dickies British Supersport Championship. With only three rounds to go for the championship to be decided and Andy Reid crashing out at Lodge corner there are still valuable points to be scooped up by anyone. Coventry got away well off the line with amazing drive into the first bend and as some where left behind crashing out he took full advantage to continued to shuffle up the pack, battling with Perrin, Estment and Collier tearing over the line in 10th place. Fist pumping the air you could tell Sam was delighted and got a warm welcome from his father and rest of the team in Parc Ferme.
With the second race based on times he would start race 2 14th on the grid. He was determined to improve on 10th pushing hard for his position. As the crowd stood poised waiting for the lights to go out, silence came across the entire of the circuit, Go Go Go shouted the commentator. Luke Jones and Ben Currie fell on the first corner pushing Sam off on to the grass leaving him in no mans land. As he steadied the bike and lead it back to the track he found himself at the back of the grid in 27th place with lots of work to do. He was making decisive moves on every corner and soon made up 10 places to 17th dashing ahead of the next two riders with some really brave moves tucking himself in spaces most people didn’t even know where there but still being careful not to knock anyone really showing his true skill on the bike. Once up to 14th place he was really on the attack pushing as hard as he could to gain more positions with in the pack but he was denied and as he came up to the chequered flag.
The Road & Race team rider was shattered but he enjoyed it all the same. He will be out this weekend at Donington Race Circuit looking to pick up as many points as possible to move up in the championship and with only 3 more rounds to go the pressure is really on. “Race 1 was amazing, had a really good race battling with a couple of other riders, gutted for my second race but it just proves that I can pass riders and can progress forwards even when the pressure is really on.
I would like to thank Mark Hanna, all of the Road & Race team and sponsors, with them this would not be possible and the bike was mega this weekend. I have a great feeling about Donny so stay tuned for next weekends results. Sam Coventry and Road & Race team are always looking for sponsorship as alot of it come purely from there own pockets, any help is a tremendous help. For enquiries on how you can help Sam please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank-you to all the team sponsors and Sam's personal sponsors: Road and Racing, Pro-Bolt, Pipe Werx, Oxford Products, Kushitani, Motul, Maxton, R&G, NGK, Performance Friction, HJC, Motor Parts Direct, Tudor Installations. M&C Training, Purbrook Garage and Holland Autos.