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Motor racing: Glorious second total for Kerr in Pirelli Superstock Championship

Richard Kerr and the Dumfries-based AMD Motorsport crew concluded their extremely profitable Pirelli Nationwide Superstock Championship season on the weekend with second and sixth place finishes at Manufacturers Hatch, the online end result being a superb second total within the remaining championship standings.

It additionally meant for the second 12 months in a row, the 23-year previous was the one rider to attain factors in each race, an outstanding feat in any championship, wherever on the planet.

The weekend began with a particularly moist day on Friday with restricted observe time seeing Richard down in a particularly unfamiliar twenty fifth place and it meant he had to enter Q1 for Saturday’s qualifying session though it proved to be invaluable as the additional observe time helped his problem. Topping Q1, a time of 1’28.495 in Q2 put him in seventh place and on the head of the third row.

Heavy rain returned afterward Saturday which noticed the opening race of the weekend minimize from 14 laps to 12 with the race beginning on a moist observe. Sixth on the opening lap, the County Donegal rider shadowed arch rival Dan Linfoot for a lot of the way in which and though he slipped again to seventh at one stage, he dug deep within the closing phases and a remaining nook, remaining lap manoeuvre noticed him overhaul Linfoot and take sixth place.

It minimize the deficit to 31 factors and ensured the championship went to the ultimate race of the season with Sunday seeing dry and sunny situations albeit with cool temperatures. Ranging from eighth on the grid, one place forward of Linfoot, Richard moved into fifth on the opening lap and though Linfoot labored his approach by the pack barely faster, taking the lead on the sixth of 14 laps, Richard put in one other very good trip to take second place and his ninth podium of the season.

It meant he ended the 12 months with 341 factors, 36 adrift of former British Superbike Championship race winner Linfoot, and three locations larger up within the championship standings than in 2022.

Richard Kerr: “I’m pleased with that second place and second total within the championship is wonderful! Saturday’s race was robust, and, for no matter purpose, I’ve discovered the going troublesome within the damp races currently and simply haven’t been in a position to get the drive or grip after I wanted it. Sunday’s race was so much higher and it’s good to finish the season with one other podium, particularly because it’s my first ever one right here at Manufacturers.”

“I used to be happy I used to be in a position to take the championship all the way down to the ultimate race and there’s no disgrace in dropping to Dan as he’s a category act. He has a variety of expertise, so I’ve learnt an terrible lot from him and he’s a rider who doesn’t make errors and to win titles you need to trip inch good like him on a regular basis. Second total within the championship is one other massive step ahead so an enormous thanks to Fraser and Mary and the entire AMD Motorsport crew in addition to all my private sponsors.”

Fraser Dykes, Group Proprietor: “What can I say, we’ve ended the season with a improbable end result each within the remaining race and within the remaining championship standings. It’s by no means over till it’s over so honest play to Richard for taking it to the ultimate race and it was fairly applicable that the 1-2 within the remaining race of the season was additionally the ultimate 1-2 within the championship desk. We couldn’t be happier with second total within the championship and Richard’s consistency is completely phenomenal, an attribute that few riders can match.”

Footage by Tim Keeton (Impression Photographs Images)

Closing Championship standings (after 11 rounds)
1 Dan Linfoot (Honda) 377pts
2 Richard Kerr (AMD Motorsport Honda) 341
3 Alastair Seeley (BMW) 315
4 Joe Talbot (Honda) 300
5 Billy McConnell (Honda) 270
6 Lewis Rollo (Aprilia) 234

Motor racing: Glorious second total for Kerr in Pirelli Superstock Championship was final modified: October sixteenth, 2023 by Employees Author