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Kurt Wigley at Brands Hatch 2017

Supersport rider Kurt Wigley at Brands Hatch first day - credit 'RBPS Photography'

SorryMate rider Kurt Wigley completed his rookie season in the Dickies British Supersport class with another finish in the points in the final race at Brands Hatch.

The result means he concludes the year in 15th position overall in the Championship with a tally of 83 points, including eight top 10 finishes, producing his best result of sixth at Snetterton back in July.

The weekend began well as Kurt carefully negotiated the early phases of FP1 with the track in a damp condition before posting the fourth quickest lap time after a dry line appeared.

However, it seemed the team had peaked too early as FP2 was riddled with problems due to an incorrect gearing change that caused difficulty finding power on the exit of turns.

The issues continued into qualifying as Kurt almost lost the front on numerous occasions when entering the first and final turn. In addition, the team were struggling to find a solution to the bike running excessively wide on the exit of fast corners.

This meant Kurt was at a disadvantage to the rest of the field with a lack of speed and stability, meaning he was forced to settle for 15th on the grid for Saturday afternoon’s sprint race.

Several changes were made to the bike by the crew in a bid to improve performance and they appeared to have paid off when Kurt stormed out of the blocks and made a number of positions.

But it wasn’t long before the bad luck struck once again, with the bike suffering progressive brake fade. And the race came to an abrupt end for the Sorrymate team when Kurt failed to slow down enough on the entrance to turn four and crashed out having lost the front.

Despite avoiding serious damage to bike and rider, Saturday’s DNF led to a lowly 19th place grid position for the feature race, so the team elected to make a further gearing change along with alterations to the front suspension and engine braking.

Kurt took a more careful approach to ensure he completed the race and maintained a smooth line throughout as he rose up to 11th to continue his streak of finishing in the points at every circuit since the third round at Oulton Park.

This signals positive progress for the team in their first season in the Supersport class as they battled early DNFs and technical issues to achieve some tremendous results along the way, which bodes well for further success in 2018.

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