SorryMate’s Matt Wigley produced a solid display on a global stage as the British Superstock 1000. He joined the World Superbike schedule at Donington Park last weekend.
Matt made great improvements throughout Friday’s Free practice sessions
Matt’s weekend got off to a great start. He combated sweltering track temperatures in the region of 40 degrees Celsius to record consistent improvements throughout Friday’s Free Practice sessions. However, qualifying the following day took a turn for the worst as his progression was stalled by an unbalanced tyre that crippled lap times.
Matt was unable to overcome these issues as the front end was unstable. This meant he only managed to match the pace set in FP1 to place 31st on the grid.
Race day brought on positivity
Race day brought some positivity. A quick getaway lifted the SorryMate rider up to 23rd after two laps of the 100-mile race. HoweverTyre wear caused a drop of four positions by lap 10 but a red flag provided a significant advantage for Matt as he held the inside line on the track for the restart. This allowed him to gain places yet again heading into the first corner. With fresh rubber, he pushed through the pack and worked his way into the top 20.
In typical fashion for the weekend, Matt made things difficult for himself with an off-track excursion at the Foggy Esses, but once again he showed great composure and resilience to battle back up to a respectable 19th, while knocking 1.9 seconds off his personal best lap time around the circuit.
As a result, it was a positive weekend for the team with another finish in the teens in the Superstock class.