Challenging Weekend For Harms's Doodson Debut In BSB
The Lincolnshire circuit provides a formidable challenge to all the Superbike competitors with its narrow, undulating and technical layout. For Harms it was always going to pose a significant test in more ways than one as he adapted to the new high powered machine at the same time as acclimatising to the track.
The event didn’t start smoothly after Harms was knocked off by another rider after only two laps of the first practice. Session two didn’t help with two reds flags and a hail storm reducing the track time.
The weather played its part to the first part of qualifying too, with a rain shower leaving the woodland section wet whilst the rest of the track dried fully.
Harms and Tunstall’s lap times quickly dropped as the tricky conditions improved and the riders were placed 26th and 27th on the grid for race one.
A good start saw Tunstall leap to 23rd by the end of the second lap. Harms got passed John Laverty on lap seven to take 24th and the Doodson riders held their respective positions to the flag.
Race two saw Harms continue to improve, highlighted by his fastest laps of the weekend in the final outing coming home in 22nd. Unfortunately for team mate Tunstall a water temperature issue brought an early end to his race retiring on lap 12.
Reflecting on his first weekend Harms was positive and already looking forward to the next round:
“It was a different and difficult race weekend. The track is different there is nothing to compare it with and was hard to learn on a new bike. It was important track time to get and I feel more prepared for Donington which I am looking forward to.”
Team mate and team owner Tunstall added:
“We knew it would be a tough debut for Robbin being new to both the Superbike and especially Cadwell Park. When you consider the track time he missed after being knocked off and with the weather interruptions, I’m very pleased with how he’s progressed and fitted into the team.
Both Robbin and I are looking forward to building on this weekend and I’m sure we’ll have a stronger weekend next time out at Donington”
The next round takes place over the weekend of September 7th – 9th at Donington Park.
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