Wakefield Race Report 11th-12th September 2010
Some of you might already be aware that Glenn is now riding in the 600cc Superstock class of the Australian Formula Xtreme and this is where he will complete the 2010 season. This move is due to unforeseeable circumstances.
This weekend was the first time Glenn had ridden the zx600 but he found his feet quickly and felt that the transition from the 1000cc was smooth. Glenn said “the 600 is easier to ride and more suited to my riding style”.
Glenn utilised the first practice session to get a feel for his new bike, to become familiar the track and to warm himself up. After the first session the weather turned and unfortunately the rain set in for the rest of the day. This meant that Glenn’s practice time was cut short.
Due to yesterday’s bad weather and Glenn’s lack of time on the bike was going to make qualifying difficult.
Towards the end of the qualifying session Glenn started to feel more comfortable on the bike and was able to put himself 6th on the grid, with a quickest lap time of 1.05.3.
Glenn managed to get good starts, passing riders and improved his times in both the first and second races, these improvements placed Glenn in 5th position.
By the third race Glenn was feeling more and more confident with the bike. However, Glenn did not get a good start and lost a few positions into the first turn but then managed to pull off a few good manoeuvres and passed one rider under the brakes in turn 2.
Glenn finished the day in a well-deserved 6th position.
Glenn was placed 9th on the grid with a time of 1.04.3 after the mornings qualifying session. Glenn used the session to test changes made to his suspension the night before, hoping to improve the tyre wear and gain more grip.
Luckily in the first race Glenn got off to a flying start, passing a few riders in the first corner. Glenn felt the bike was riding well with the changes and was working in his favour.
Glenn finished 5th in his first race and was happy to learn that he had lowered his time by over 1.5 seconds to a 1.02.7.
Glenn started 5th on the grid for his second race, he was happy with this as he would get a good line into the first corner.
The second race was more exciting with Glenn pulling off some passing moves.
Glenn found himself in 6th position after 5 laps, and he was trying hard to pass one rider. Each lap he tried to pass the rider in various areas of the track but because it’s short and tight it makes it difficult to pass on. Eventually Glenn did pass the rider, Glenn said, “I dove hard under brakes in the last turn passing him. I put my head down to catch 4th and I closed a gap of 1 second, I tried to pass on the last turn of the last lap but I was unable to get him”, Glenn did the same time as the rider ahead of him being a 1.02.7.
The last race of the day Glenn was feeling confident that he could take a 4th position.
Glenn had an ordinary start losing a few positions, after a few laps of tossing and passing he found himself in 5th again with his eyes firmly set of 4th position, unfortunately Glenn made a few mistakes, forgetting it was his first weekend on the bike.
He lost a small amount of time but by the 6th lap he found his rhythm and started closing the gap.
In the final laps Glenn found himself in a battle for the podium. Glenn said, “across the finish line a tea towel separated the three riders, I finished in 5th place”, “I am very happy with my weekend. I think with a few more laps under my belt I can do quite well in the up coming events”.
As always, Glenn would also like to thank his ever supportive sponsors Fuglies Eyewear, Insure My Ride, Karisma, Shogai Imports, Elite Sports Massage, Rampant and Knight Signs.