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Kurt Wigley at Brands Hatch

Kurt Wigley at Brands Hatch

It has been another positive weekend for SorryMate rider Kurt Wigley as he amassed nine points from the two races at the famous Brands Hatch circuit.

Kurt got his two best results of the season

Kurt achieved his best two results of the season in the previous round at Snetterton after earning eighth and sixth-placed finishes. He continued that form with another strong showing. Friday Practice highlighted the significant progress being made. Kurt ended the first session relatively disappointed with the 10th spot as he struggled to find confidence in the front grip through the fast sweeping turns.

A plan of improvement was established for FP2. The SorryMate crew produced an improved bike as Kurt went almost half a second quicker. Although he remained in 10th place by the end of the session. However, this only emphasises the competitive nature of the Supersport class.

A dilemma struck the tea,

Further analysis of the data obtained in FP2 provided the team with a dilemma. They had to make a choice. They could make a gearing change in a bid to improve top speed. Alternatively, they could act conservative and stick with the current setup that was causing a 6mph deficiency.

After careful consideration, the team elected to make the changes to the bike. However, they were prepared in pit lane to reverse them during the qualifying session if the new approach proved unsuccessful.

Rain meant the team had less time to prepare

With rain scheduled for the second half of the session, it was important to post quick times early on. On top of this, Kurt had to get used to a new gear setup. However, he performed admirably to make consistent improvements each lap. Kurt lifted himself into a solid ninth position when the heavens opened. It was a very impressive effort after the series of disruptions during practice.

Saturday afternoon’s sprint race was reduced to a 10-lap dash due to the miserable conditions at Brands Hatch and once the race got underway, Kurt’s lack of wet weather preparation was on full display.

Competing in his first ever wet session on the SorryMate Supersport machine, Kurt got trapped on the inside of the circuit on turn two behind another rider on the wrong tyre choice. His frustrations continued following a string of mistakes to push him down the order in 18th after just two laps.

Kurt pushed through the pack

However, the SorryMate rider quickly settled himself and began to push through the pack and into the points. As a result, he managed to salvage an 11th place finish. Having shown good pace in the sprint race and with improved weather conditions, the team approached Sunday’s feature race in high spirits. The Yamaha R6 was in the thick of the action from the first corner.

Plenty of overtaking took place throughout the race during a competitive battle to get into the top 10. Despite this, Kurt’s hard work was undone when he hit a false neutral entering an 80mph corner. As a result, this caused the bike to lock up, almost resulting in a crash.

Kurt had to defend his place

Kurt was then pushed back into the group behind. It seemed to be a hugely difficult task to avoid slipping further down the field. However, yet again he overcame adversity and set a personal best lap time to end the race. This beat his qualifying effort by half a second, to defend his 12th position.

The team are pleased to take nine points from the weekend in spite of the issues with the bike and further investigations will be undertaken to pinpoint the fault and resolve the issue before the next round at Thruxton.

Elsewhere, Sorrymate’s other rider Matt Wigley has undergone an operation to cement his broken vertebrae as he continues his road to recovery and is hoping for a return to the track soon.

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