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.