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Tough First Round for Tunstall

The 2014 British Superbike Championships kicked off over the Easter weekend and in the National Superstock 1000 class, Tom Tunstall's return to track action didn't go to plan following an 18month lay off.

The short 1.2mile "Indy" circuit at Brands Hatch was the stage as the 2014 season roared into life with all regular classes featuring as part of the highly popular British Superbike Championship event and as ever provided spectacular and ultra close racing.

For Doodson Motorsport's Tom Tunstall it was a chance to dust off his leathers. With his last race over a year and a half ago, the transition was more challenging having elected to enter the Superstock 1000 class. It is renowned for being the most fiercely contested race on the schedule along with the massive entry having to be split into two groups for practice and qualifying sessions.

The track time over a race weekend is also limited and after some teething technical issues, Tunstall missed automatic qualification by less than 0.1second. The second session was ran in treacherous wet conditions making it impossible for anyone to improve, meaning he had to utilise the "Last Chance Qualifier Race" to take his place on the grid back in 34th position.

The opening 24lap encounter was fortunately held in warm and dry conditions. However it had to be restarted after only a couple of laps after a two rider collision into Paddock Hill bend which Tunstall was very fortunate not to be caught up in.

The restart didn't fall quite as well for the Yorkshireman as he found himself towards the back of the field with a lot of work to do. From lap eight onward he was lapping as fast as the riders fighting for the top 12 but despite picking up a few places ended the race back in 26th.

Tunstall was understandably disappointed and explained:
"It's not the start we had planned as both myself and the bike are capable of better, we've been on the back foot from the first day and the changeable weather didn't help. I lost too much in the early part of the race and wasn't able to make it back. My race pace was respectable from lap eight but we've got some work to do for the next round where we certainly need to progress and improve the results. We've got a test planned in the meantime and I'm already looking forward to getting stuck in at Oulton next time out".

The second round takes place in just under two weeks time when the series moves to Oulton Park in Cheshire over the May Day bank holiday weekend 3rd-5th May.




Friday, May 16, 2014
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