Sorrymate BSB Race Report: Kurt Wigley at Thruxton

Sorrymate BSB Race Report: Kurt Wigley at Thruxton rider Kurt Wigley extended his streak of racing in the points with two 14th-place finishes at Thruxton for the seventh round of the Dickies Supersport championship.

The team arrived at the fastest circuit on the calendar with a significant disadvantage after failing to find enough time to diagnose a repair for the reduced bhp that hampered the top speed of the bike in the previous round.

Kurt experienced further issues with the bike’s handling as it was sliding and bouncing around when exiting the fast sweeping corners.

As a result, the Sorrymate crew performed a series of suspension changes to compensate for the high-speed bumpy track in a bid to improve on a 13th place finish in FP1.

The move appeared to have paid dividends when it took Kurt just four laps in FP2 to knock 0.6 seconds of his best lap from the previous session, but his progress came to an abrupt halt as the problems returned, leading to a lower than expected 15th position.

With qualifying scheduled for Saturday afternoon, it allowed the team more time to understand the faults of the bike and further inspections revealed a mechanical issue with the rear shock.

This meant that the crew were unable to resolve the handling issue by changing any settings, which was a huge blow to Kurt’s chances of producing any significant improvements in lap times.

Having decided to remove and service the shock in preparation for qualifying, Kurt then took another half a second off his time previous best, but due to the disruptive nature of the weekend up to that point, he was forced to settle for 15th on the grid.

Further changes were made leading up to the 10-lap sprint race and they had the required effect as Kurt showed much better pace and was involved in a heated battle with five other riders for 11th position.

However, his good work shifting through the field was undone on the final lap as Kurt overran the chicane leading onto the home straight and slipped to 14th for the chequered flag.

Kurt was intent on putting that unforced error behind him with a solid performance in the 18-lap feature race, but it was quickly evident that the lack of straight-line speed would prove to be a problem in his pursuit of a top-10 finish.

The rider was overtaken on the back straight each lap, meaning he had to try to outbreak his opponents while also taking care of the tyres on the abrasive Thruxton circuit.

Kurt was unable to find a rhythm as he continued to be aggressive on the brakes and missed the chicane on several occasions, leading to another 14th position to ensure Kurt left the event with a handful of important championship points despite it being a frustrating weekend.

A plan has now been established to replace the engine ahead of the next round at Cadwell Park.


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