The team arrived at Oulton Park near Cheshire on Thursday evening, This round is quite strange as we are only allowed to have Friday as a practice/test day and Saturday as a one day race day, no racing on Sunday.
My first time out on the R6 was in qualifying, the bike felt good with no obvious issues, I just wanted to get my eye in and get a few laps under my belt, our overall aim was to beat my previous lap time on the R1 of 1.56.255.
I was able to get a few laps in and I felt good on the bike but due to the circuit being extremely physical I seemed to struggle a little, I came into the Awning to find I had only managed a 1.58.83, this put me on the last row and P26th.
From the off I knew I had to push, I got a good start and was in a really good battle with a few riders for a few laps, I ended up having a fantastic battle with #148 Matt Sayle, I finished race one with a time of 1.56.024, This was 0.2 of a second quicker than I had done on my R1, I was over the moon with this time. I finished 22nd on the grid putting me 16th in class.
Another great start, I managed to stay with a pack of riders that were dominating the mid pack but due to a massive mistake I went down too many gears going into Shell Oils Hairpin, I was lucky not to be collected by a couple of riders mid corners, this put me back down the pack with work to do.
I really enjoyed this race but kicked myself for a poor mistake, I finished 16th in class with a lap time of 1.57.057.
The Oulton Park weekend was great, My team pulled it out the bag for me on so many occasions, I was focused and felt really good.
We’re all really looking forward to the end of season finale at Cadwell Park on 15th 16th and 17th October, I would love to see you there.
I would like to thank all my team who help set up the awnings, feed me and keep me sane throughout every race weekend,
Thank you so much John Jono Bennett, Cameron Green and Ian Boldy. Without your help and dedication I couldn’t do what I do !
Thank you so much to Blesma, you support me and allow me to race, All of us in the team at Chris Ganley Racing thank you so much.