Round 9 Oulton park, I love this track and was looking for two strong finishes before going to Assen. Practice started well and my pace was good. I qualified 5th EVO and the lap times were close, it looked like it was going to be a close battle all weekend!
I got a good start but at turn 2 Irwin got pushed off track and his bike came back in front and pushed me and a few other EVO riders wide, I lost a place to Daley so was running in 6th after a few laps I passed him at Lodge and moved up to 5th EVO. The gap was about a second to Estment in front but I couldn't quite close the gap and 5th was where I finished, I was a bit frustrated as I have the pace to run with the front guys but got caught up in someone else's accident in the first lap, but it was good points for the championship.
I started 4th EVO and got another strong start and was right up behind Hipwell and Neill. On lap 4 Hornsey had a big highside which sent out the safety car for 2 laps, it was close behind the car as everyone was slowed down and everyone was trying not to run in the back of someone else! After the car went in we all got going and I past Daley for 4th place and got right behind Collier, Neill and Paulo. Estment caught up and join the party and we were all battling within a second of each other, into the last corner of the last lap it was close but the red flag came out at the last minute and the results went back a lap and I finished 4th EVO. I was happy as I got some good points but felt I had a chance of a podium on the last lap but hey ho. Wishing Andy Reid and Sam Hornsey a speedy recovery after there big crashes in that race.
Massive thanks again to Mark Hanna for all his hard work and help, also thanks to Road and Racing, Pinky, Dad and Mum and Grandad. Also big thanks to Pipe Werx for the new trick pipe, Kushitani, Oxford products, Pro Bolt, Purbrook Garage, Motor Parts Direct and Richard from Maxton for all his help too.
Roll on Assen...