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A Race of Two Halves for Tunstall

The third round of this year's hotly contested British Superstock 1000 Championship was held over the weekend with the race split into two parts after an oil spillage giving mixed fortunes for Doodson racer Tom Tunstall.

Following a six week break the British Superbike Championship classes roared back into life at the Snetterton 300 circuit in Norfolk. The Doodson Motorsport team had used the opportunity to complete some much needed testing on the team's relatively new ZX-10R Superstock bike.

The benefits were noticeable as Tunstall's pace was stronger in the practice sessions than the opening two rounds. However a technical issue with some loose bodywork hampered his final run on fresh tyres in qualifying, giving him a grid place of 21st from the 43 rider entry, but as ever the times were close and he was only a couple of tenths from 16th.

Keen to make progress, Tunstall made four places on the opening lap of Sunday's race and was looking strong in 16th, less than a second from Frenchman Freddy Foray in 12th place when the red flag was brought out on lap seven, with oil on the track after an accident requiring attention.

The restart was over just six laps and proved a hectic encounter. Blocked in the first few corners by other riders and a crash, Tunstall ended lap one in 18th. Despite having the pace he didn't find a way past Luke Quigley's Ducati and was frustrated to end the shortened race in the same position.

Tunstall rounded up his weekend:
"The first part was going really well - I felt good and happy in the group. The second race was frustrating, I was quicker and had a good few goes at passing Luke but I didn't make it stick which is a shame - I lost time and certainly had the pace to get ourselves some points today.
Overall from the direction we got from the test we've made some really good steps with the bike and we're getting some good feedback from the K-Tech Suspension. I'm looking forward to the next round and keeping that momentum going at Knockhill".

The series takes its annual trip north of the border in just under two weeks time over the weekend of the 27th - 29th June.



Monday, July 15, 2019
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