Wakefield Park Race Report: 8th-9th October 2011
Day One: Friday
Rainy weather put a dampener on Friday’s practice sessions, although Glenn Scott did get in two extremely valuable practice runs which enabled the team to set up the bike for the weekend’s coming races.
Day Two: Saturday
Saturday brought a day of superb racing conditions for the first day of racing at Wakefield Park. Two laps into the qualifying round, Glenn misjudged another rider’s projectory and had to break heavily to avoid a collision. This caused Glenn to crash and placed him 15th on the grid for the first race.
Despite a very promising start, Glenn was hit from behind by another rider and crashed out. When would his bad luck end?
Fortunately for Glenn, he turned his luck around in the latter half of the day. Despite starting in 16th position for race two, he managed to secure a pleasing 4th place. From starting in fourth position for race three, he was able to battle his way up to take out 2nd place overall for the day. This is a fine result especially considering that only six thousandths of a second separated the leader from Glenn. Glenn deservedly took out the fastest lap of the race – a well deserved victory, indeed!
Day Three: Sunday
Glenn’s good fortune was to continue on Sunday. He was pleased with a much smoother qualifying session than the day before, running on pole until the last few minutes, when he was overtaken by Kevin Curtain (a Factory Yamaha rider), who stole Glenn’s position by one tenth of a second.
Glenn led the field for the first few laps of race one, before being overtaken by the Factory Yamaha. However, this minor hitch could not detract from the fact that Glenn had improved his lap time to sitting a miniscule one hundredth of a second off the lap record.
The weather turned nasty in the lead up to race two, before the sun resurfaced only ten minutes before the start. This sudden change in conditions left the team with the burden of a very quick decision: wet or dry tyres? With time ticking away and four minutes until the race, they decided on dry tyres. Despite making the right call, officials penalised Glenn by commanding him to start at the rear of the grid, for being late to the start of the race. However, Glenn could not be shaken and got off to a great start. Over the ten laps, Glenn overtook rider after rider, weaving his magic steadily to the front. With four laps to go, Glenn was placed in 4th position but he was not finished yet. He went on to outdo another two riders before passing the chequered flag in 2nd place. Glenn’s fastest lap was a full second quicker than anyone else in race two. Glenn credited his incredible results to the quick thinking and handiwork of the WNR Kawasaki Team, for changing his tyres so efficiently before the race commenced.
By race three on Sunday, Glenn and the team were happy with the state of his bike, thanks to the continual setting improvements over the weekend. Everyone was fired up and ready to take home a win, after coming so close too many times.
Despite a good start and a fierce battle with the leader over the first few laps, Glenn soon realised he had a problem with his rear tyre: it was losing grip in every turn and this caused a few heart-stopping moments, as he warded off crashing.
This tyre malfunction caused Glenn to lose sight of the leader. Despite putting up a good fight against third place, Glenn was pipped at the post by Sean Condon.
Regardless of this finish in the final race, Glenn secured a well-earned 2nd place overall for the weekend’s competition; his best result of the season. Glenn wishes to thank the tireless work of the pit crew in the WNR Kawasaki Team, as well as the team’s supporters: Insure My Ride, Kawasaki and Shogai Imports.
By Angela Bennett