Sorrymate BSB Race Report: Kurt Wigley at Snetterton

Sorrymate BSB Race Report: Kurt Wigley at Snetterton rider Kurt Wigley produced a fantastic weekend of racing by collecting 18 points from the two races in the Supersport class at Snetterton.

With brother Matt absent following the vertebrae injury he sustained during the previous round at Knockhill, Kurt took centre stage with a terrific display, recording his best results of the season

Friday’s first practice session kicked off on a positive note as Kurt posted a new personal best lap time and lifted himself comfortably inside the top 10.

Some adjustments to the suspension paid dividends in FP2 when the fastest lap time dropped by 0.4 seconds, but the team could only manage 14th with the bike conceding 9mph in the speed traps to its competitors.

Ahead of qualifying, the Sorrymate crew took a gamble by making big changes in a bid to improve the speed of the bike and the modifications proved to be a success with Kurt back at the sharp end of the grid, improving his FP2 time by 1.4 seconds to put him in a strong 10th position for Saturday’s sprint race.

The 10-lap race began with Kurt being pushed wide into the fast sweeping first corner to immediately slide down to 13th, but the circuit offers many opportunities for overtaking manoeuvres, which the Sorrymate rider utilised to great effect.

Having made his way up to ninth, Kurt was involved in a back-and-forth battle for eighth place and eventually came out on top as his competitor was unable to handle the pressure and went off the track.

Having secured his best result of the year, Kurt entered the feature race in high spirits despite lap times from the first race landing him in 13th place on the grid.

Kurt learned his lesson from Saturday’s race by staying out of trouble on the opening lap before forcing his way through the pack and up into seventh.

A leading quintet of riders pulled away from the rest, but Kurt had sixth in his sights after reducing a 4.5 second gap, while fending off competitors on his tail.

And with two laps remaining, Kurt had erased the deficit and took no hesitation in claiming the sixth spot, which he then successfully defended to the line to seal a stunning weekend following the disappointing event at Knockhill.

Meanwhile, Matt’s ongoing recovery took a bizarre twist as a specialist found that further examination revealed that one of the broken vertebrae was in fact an old break from a previous crash that he had shrugged off as an ache.

The injury forced him to miss out on the weekend at Snetterton, although despite suffering with the double break, he hopes to be back on track again soon.


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