Top ten double for FPR in first Brands race Troy Corser achieved a commendable fifth place in the first race of the eighth round of the Superbike World Championship at Brands Hatch today. Team-mate Chris Walker also worked his way through the...
Top ten double for FPR in first Brands race
Troy Corser achieved a commendable fifth place in the first race of the eighth round of the Superbike World Championship at Brands Hatch today.
Team-mate Chris Walker also worked his way through the field from 13th on the grid to 9th to complete a top ten double for Foggy PETRONAS Racing.
Both riders made excellent starts and Corser was on the pace of the leading six riders for most of the race. When Frankie Chili crashed on lap 19, Troy was able to hunt down championship challenger Chris Vermeulen but was forced to back off on the penultimate lap following a water leak.
Troy said: "I was lining up Vermeulen with a couple of laps to go to see where I could take him as I was quicker through Dingle Dell but it would have been difficult. I had probably my best start of the season and tried to make up a few places by running on the outside through Druids. Our bike was really not that much slower than the others and I could almost run with the leaders as I was making around half a second up through the back section. There was a slight water leak for the last couple of laps, maybe caused by a stone in the radiator, so I had to back off slightly. There's no need to change anything for the second race.
Chris said: "I got the start I wanted and it would have been better if Chili hadn't had a moment in front of me. But I just wasn't able to keep pace with the leaders. I desperately wanted a top five finish but I suppose top ten is better than nothing. Fingers crossed for a better set-up for the second race."
Race one results, Superbike World Championship, round 8, Brands Hatch: 1 Haga; 2 Laconi +0.134; 3 Martin +2.273; 4 Vermeulen +4.751; 5 Corser (Foggy PETRONAS Racing) +8.045; 6 Ellison +9.909; 7 Toseland +10.025; 8 Coxhell +21.797; 9 Walker (Foggy PETRONAS Racing) +26.137; 10 Nannelli +29.131; 11 Borciani +29.769; 12 Bussei +33.786; 13 Pedercini +35.066; 14 Clementi +36.419; 15 Bontempi +40.899