Sorrymate BSB Season Review 2017: Kurt & Matt Wigley

Sorrymate BSB Season Review 2017: Kurt & Matt Wigley

Sorrymate once again invested in twins Kurt and Matt Wigley in 2017 as the racing duo continue to progress through the BSB ranks.

Kurt enjoyed a promising season after stepping up to the Dickies British Supersport class, while Matt only managed five outings in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 before suffering a broken vertebra at Knockhill in June.

Despite his limited action, Matt showcased his overtaking prowess with numerous manoeuvres, in particular during his first race on the 1000cc Kawasaki at Donington Park as he recovered from starting last of 46 competitors on the grid to finish 16th, although he did not register a championship point prior to his season-ending injury.

In contrast, Kurt avoided any serious damage and was able to build on early-season promise by claiming his first points in the feature race of round three at Oulton Park.

His 10th position proved to be the first of eight top 10 finishes and started a run of earning points in 14 of the remaining 19 races.

With Matt sidelined, Kurt took centre stage with a spectacular performance during the fifth round at Snetterton, producing his best result of the season by coming sixth and eighth in the two races to add 18 points to his tally.

Solid displays at Brands Hatch and Thruxton followed before another top 10 finish in the feature race at Cadwell Park despite starting from 19th on the grid after crashing out of the sprint race.

Kurt then became the first rider in the Supersport class to test the new Mupo suspension in September, which provided immediate results in the sprint race at Silverstone by crossing the line in ninth spot, recording the sixth fastest lap time in the process to secure a second row start for the feature race. However, he unfortunately missed out on a potential top-five finish by crashing in the wet conditions.

The 22-year-old then came seventh twice and ninth once across the next four races at Oulton Park and Assen to increase his points tally further and the Sorrymate rider completed the campaign on a high with five more at Brands Hatch to conclude the year in 15th position overall in the Championship with 83 points.

The Wigley brothers are eager to further establish themselves in their respective classes in 2018.


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