A wet and windy race for RossTue 19 Sep 2017
Thirteen year-old Wrekin student Ross Turner was on fire this weekend at a wet and windy Oulton Park. Ross's father reports:
'As the youngest rider in the Motostar Championship at British Superbike, Ross set a blistering pace in Saturday's qualifying and set the fastest lap to claim pole position. As the track dried for race one, set-up issues meant he was pushed back to 11th in the 34-strong pack. After a couple of laps he recalibrated his style to counteract the handling issues then pushed hard to move forward to seventh by the time the chequered flag was waved.
'In race two on Sunday, Ross had perfect conditions for the bike set-up. As fastest in the morning warm-up he knew he had the pace but the first laps were going to be busy as he was back in eighth on the grid. The combination of spray and a crowded first corner saw him drop to 11th again - he soon dispatched the riders ahead until he was in sixth position. With a gap of 6.5 seconds to the lead group and only four laps remaining Ross put some stunning laps together. By the finishing line he was still in sixth place and only three seconds behind the leader. He set the fastest lap time during the race with an average speed of 86.9mph.
'After the race Ross said "I got into a good rhythm and started to catch the lead pack but I took too long to get past the riders in the early group. If the race had run its original 12 laps rather than the ten laps we ended on I feel I could have been right in the front group.'
'Now Ross is looking forward to the penultimate round at his favourite track at Assen in Holland where wet conditions are the norm.'