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McConnell Scores Second in Brands Hatch Qualifying


Billy McConnell, aboard his MAP Raceways Yamaha took, second place on the grid in preparation for the eighth round of the Fuchs-Silkolene British Supersport Championship at Brands Hatch this afternoon.

McConnell, who is currently second in the Championship, was a little disappointed to not get pole position but worked hard with his MAP Raceways Yamaha team to achieve good race pace and a front-row start.

McConnell:
“We improved the bike for second qualifying and now have a much better race setting. We are much nearer the front now and we will look at the data and see if we can fine-tune the bike further. Back-end grip is ok but I need a little more front support. The team has worked really hard and I must admit I’ve given them a lot of work! We’ve got good pace for the race and Westy is putting in some good laps but I’m not sure how his tyre will be at the end of the race, and we are always strong at the end of the race.”

Lee Johnston qualified in 13th position following a number of tough sessions. He lost out on track time due to the weather and then missed second free practice due to a mechanical problem. He now has a lot of work to do in the race but is still confident of a result.

Johnston:

“We are going in the right direction but we are a session behind after yesterday. I could just do with one more session and we’d be fine. I know the race will be ok as I did a practice start and it went well. If I can get away I can pass a few on the back straight.”

Allan Jon Venter qualified in 19th position and although he felt the bike had improved, he was unable to better his position as everyone had upped the pace.

Venter:
“That was a good session and my MAP Raceways Yamaha definitely improved a lot but everyone else went faster and I just stayed the same. I’m happy enough as every race is the same, I start from the fifth row and I know I can match the pace at the front I just need to get further up the grid.”

The Fuchs-Silkolene British Supersport Championship race will take place tomorrow at 15:15.

Qualifying results:
1. James Westmoreland    Triumph            1:28.259
2. Billy McConnell        MAP Raceways Yamaha    1:28.812
3. Ben Wilson        Kawasaki            1:29.110
4. Dan Linfoot        Yamaha            1:29.182
5. Steve Plater        Honda                1:29.241
6. Ian Hutchinson        Honda                1:29.254
7. Daniel Cooper        Honda                1:29.316
8.  Chris Martin        Kawasaki            1:29.363
9. Dean Hipwell        Yamaha            1:29.406
10. Marty Nutt        Yamaha            1:29.497
13. Lee Johnston        MAP Raceways Yamaha    1:29.593
19. Allan Jon Venter    MAP Raceways Yamaha    1:30.127


Coates Top Ten in Qualifying at Brands Hatch


Ulsterman Nikki Coates lead the way during qualifying for the MAP Raceways Yamaha Junior Superstock team as they prepared for the eighth round of the Metzeler National Superstock 600 Championship at Brands Hatch in Kent.

Blistering sunshine greeted the four strong team as they set about qualifying. Coates was consistently fast during the session but put his head down towards the end to try and improve his time. He qualified in eighth which put him on the second row of the grid.

Coates:
“I sat up on the bike and waited for space on track then I went for it. I caught someone on the very last corner but I did manage to improve my lap time. I really wanted a front-row start but I’ve led a race here before from eighth position on the grid. I’m confident for the race and there is no reason why I can’t win. I like this track and I hold the lap record for the Indy circuit so I’d like to pick up the lap record for the full circuit. I’m really looking forward to tomorrow.”

Luke Jones, who usually runs at the front for his MAP Raceways Yamaha team, had a tough time on track and qualified in 15th position. He admitted that he was perhaps trying too hard and that was actually holding him back.

Jones:

“That didn’t go so well. I made some changes to my suspension but I still had a problem, also there was a lot of traffic and I caught about five people at once. I was pushing too hard and running wide. The race will be tricky tomorrow from where I am on the grid but I hope to get the bike sorted out in morning warm-up.”   

Mike McLean made a big improvement with his MAP Raceways Yamaha as a change to the rear shock has filled him with confidence and he qualified in 16th position.

McLean:

“Things have gone a lot better today. We changed the rear shock and it just suits me better now, I feel a lot more comfortable on the bike. I’m faster and more confident. I’ve not had much luck round here as I keep getting knocked off at Druids. I want to finish the race tomorrow and shake that bad luck plus I want some points.”

Irishman Cody Nally also made steps forward, qualifying in 27th position. He still wants to be further up on the grid and has found lack of grip a big problem.

Nally:
”I couldn’t get the bike how I wanted it and I’ve been losing grip. We need to make some changes before tomorrow but at least things are heading in the right direction.”

The Metzeler National Superstock 600 race will take place at Brands Hatch tomorrow at 17:15.

Qualifying results:

1. Luke Mossey        Yamaha            1:31.801
2. Patrick McDougall    Yamaha            1:32.241
3. Adam Lyon        Yamaha            1:32.257
4. Luke Stapleford        Kawasaki            1:32.262
5. Jess Trayler        Kawasaki            1:32.312
6. Nick Clark            Yamaha            1:32.333
7. Daniel Kneen        Honda                1:32.348
8. Nikki Coates        MAP Raceways Yamaha     1:32.369
9. Jamie Hamilton        Kawasaki            1:32.512
10. Leon Hunt        Triumph            1:32.589
15. Luke Jones        MAP Raceways Yamaha    1:32.851
16. Mike McLean        MAP Raceways Yamaha    1:32.911
27. Cody Nally        MAP Raceways Yamaha    1:33.915

Picture credit: Dave Couldwell

McConnell Scores Second in Brands Hatch Qualifying


Billy McConnell, aboard his MAP Raceways Yamaha took, second place on the grid in preparation for the eighth round of the Fuchs-Silkolene British Supersport Championship at Brands Hatch this afternoon.

McConnell, who is currently second in the Championship, was a little disappointed to not get pole position but worked hard with his MAP Raceways Yamaha team to achieve good race pace and a front-row start.

McConnell:
“We improved the bike for second qualifying and now have a much better race setting. We are much nearer the front now and we will look at the data and see if we can fine-tune the bike further. Back-end grip is ok but I need a little more front support. The team has worked really hard and I must admit I’ve given them a lot of work! We’ve got good pace for the race and Westy is putting in some good laps but I’m not sure how his tyre will be at the end of the race, and we are always strong at the end of the race.”

Lee Johnston qualified in 13th position following a number of tough sessions. He lost out on track time due to the weather and then missed second free practice due to a mechanical problem. He now has a lot of work to do in the race but is still confident of a result.

Johnston:

“We are going in the right direction but we are a session behind after yesterday. I could just do with one more session and we’d be fine. I know the race will be ok as I did a practice start and it went well. If I can get away I can pass a few on the back straight.”

Allan Jon Venter qualified in 19th position and although he felt the bike had improved, he was unable to better his position as everyone had upped the pace.

Venter:
“That was a good session and my MAP Raceways Yamaha definitely improved a lot but everyone else went faster and I just stayed the same. I’m happy enough as every race is the same, I start from the fifth row and I know I can match the pace at the front I just need to get further up the grid.”

The Fuchs-Silkolene British Supersport Championship race will take place tomorrow at 15:15.

Qualifying results:
1. James Westmoreland    Triumph            1:28.259
2. Billy McConnell        MAP Raceways Yamaha    1:28.812
3. Ben Wilson        Kawasaki            1:29.110
4. Dan Linfoot        Yamaha            1:29.182
5. Steve Plater        Honda                1:29.241
6. Ian Hutchinson        Honda                1:29.254
7. Daniel Cooper        Honda                1:29.316
8.  Chris Martin        Kawasaki            1:29.363
9. Dean Hipwell        Yamaha            1:29.406
10. Marty Nutt        Yamaha            1:29.497
13. Lee Johnston        MAP Raceways Yamaha    1:29.593
19. Allan Jon Venter    MAP Raceways Yamaha    1:30.127


Coates Top Ten in Qualifying at Brands Hatch


Ulsterman Nikki Coates lead the way during qualifying for the MAP Raceways Yamaha Junior Superstock team as they prepared for the eighth round of the Metzeler National Superstock 600 Championship at Brands Hatch in Kent.

Blistering sunshine greeted the four strong team as they set about qualifying. Coates was consistently fast during the session but put his head down towards the end to try and improve his time. He qualified in eighth which put him on the second row of the grid.

Coates:
“I sat up on the bike and waited for space on track then I went for it. I caught someone on the very last corner but I did manage to improve my lap time. I really wanted a front-row start but I’ve led a race here before from eighth position on the grid. I’m confident for the race and there is no reason why I can’t win. I like this track and I hold the lap record for the Indy circuit so I’d like to pick up the lap record for the full circuit. I’m really looking forward to tomorrow.”

Luke Jones, who usually runs at the front for his MAP Raceways Yamaha team, had a tough time on track and qualified in 15th position. He admitted that he was perhaps trying too hard and that was actually holding him back.

Jones:

“That didn’t go so well. I made some changes to my suspension but I still had a problem, also there was a lot of traffic and I caught about five people at once. I was pushing too hard and running wide. The race will be tricky tomorrow from where I am on the grid but I hope to get the bike sorted out in morning warm-up.”   

Mike McLean made a big improvement with his MAP Raceways Yamaha as a change to the rear shock has filled him with confidence and he qualified in 16th position.

McLean:

“Things have gone a lot better today. We changed the rear shock and it just suits me better now, I feel a lot more comfortable on the bike. I’m faster and more confident. I’ve not had much luck round here as I keep getting knocked off at Druids. I want to finish the race tomorrow and shake that bad luck plus I want some points.”

Irishman Cody Nally also made steps forward, qualifying in 27th position. He still wants to be further up on the grid and has found lack of grip a big problem.

Nally:
”I couldn’t get the bike how I wanted it and I’ve been losing grip. We need to make some changes before tomorrow but at least things are heading in the right direction.”

The Metzeler National Superstock 600 race will take place at Brands Hatch tomorrow at 17:15.

Qualifying results:

1. Luke Mossey        Yamaha            1:31.801
2. Patrick McDougall    Yamaha            1:32.241
3. Adam Lyon        Yamaha            1:32.257
4. Luke Stapleford        Kawasaki            1:32.262
5. Jess Trayler        Kawasaki            1:32.312
6. Nick Clark            Yamaha            1:32.333
7. Daniel Kneen        Honda                1:32.348
8. Nikki Coates        MAP Raceways Yamaha     1:32.369
9. Jamie Hamilton        Kawasaki            1:32.512
10. Leon Hunt        Triumph            1:32.589
15. Luke Jones        MAP Raceways Yamaha    1:32.851
16. Mike McLean        MAP Raceways Yamaha    1:32.911
27. Cody Nally        MAP Raceways Yamaha    1:33.915
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