Sorrymate BSB Report: Kurt Wigley at Oulton Park
20/09/2017

Sorrymate BSB Report: Kurt Wigley at Oulton Park

Sorrymate rider Kurt Wigley enjoyed a fantastic weekend on the second visit of the season to Oulton Park as he registered two seventh place finishes for Round 10 of the Dickies British Supersport Championship.

The weekend almost began with disaster during a very wet FP1 when the steering damper bracket snapped, which nearly caused Kurt to lose control of the Yamaha on a straight exceeding 100mph.

Kurt managed to get the bike safely back to the pit lane and the crew worked frantically to create a quick fix, although the Sorrymate bike only re-emerged to complete two laps out of a possible 15 for the session.

FP2 produced more positivity for the team as Kurt recorded some strong lap times on a drying track and worked his way into the top 10, but once again issues struck as the bike lost all power and cut out when exiting turn one.

Further investigations identified a blown fuse, which was a relief to the team as they were able to rectify the damage, although the disruptions in both sessions meant Kurt had lost vital testing time.

To add to the team’s problems, the Oulton Park circuit is in stark contrast to the previous round at Silverstone in terms of the bumps, cambers and twisty sectors, so they had minimal information to carry over for the new Mupo suspension.

However, Kurt was in impressive form as he defied the limitations of the bike and set a time good enough for the fourth row in 11th on the grid.

The Sorrymate rider enjoyed a fast start to race one as he broke away with the top 10 in the opening few laps and appeared to be ready to fight for a best finish in the Dickies Supersport class, but this optimism soon vanished when the brakes began to fade quickly.

The team had never previously suffered this type of issue and had to watch on as Kurt struggled to stay upright, coming ever closer to running off track and colliding with other riders when entering corners.

However, fortune was on the team’s side as the race was red flagged due to a rain shower, allowing the crew to change the pads and bleed the brake fluid through the system in addition to the change of wheels to wets in a desperate attempt to make the restart.

The changes proved to be a success, with Kurt making early inroads after another quick getaway to lift him into seventh position, recording the sixth fastest lap of the race in the process.

Kurt managed to successfully guide the bike to the chequered flag in seventh, a major achievement considering the problems prior to the red flag, but expectations grew higher for the feature race due to the quick lap time putting him on the second row of the grid.

Conditions for the second race looked set to be ideal for the Sorrymate bike, which thrives on a slightly damp track, but a heavy downpour just moments before the start caused a much damper circuit.

As a result of this, Kurt struggled to control the bike when finding the limit and fell back into the middle of the pack in the opening couple of laps, dropping as far as 13th place.

Kurt showed his growing maturity to consolidate his position and ease into a rhythm in a bid to reduce the mistakes after crashing out of race two at Silverstone in similar conditions last time out.

Having finally found his groove and benefitting from a drying track, Kurt began to produce some rapid lap times and was able to pull off a number of impressive overtaking manoeuvres.

And his fantastic second half of the race resulted in another seventh place finish for the Sorrymate rider, meaning the team left Oulton Park with a haul of 18 points from the weekend’s racing.

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