Young Swindon star clinches three wins in spectacular weekend of racing

Elliot proudly uses EBC braking products on his Kawasaki Ninja 400

16-year old motorcycle racer Elliot Pinson claimed three consecutive wins in a bravura display of race-craft during Round 7 of the Dickies British Junior Supersport series at the Donington Park GP circuit (4-6th October).

Mounted on the SymCirrus Motorsport Ninja 400, Elliot’s weekend started badly with a break-down in free practice. Water in the fuel tank was found and fixed in time for qualifying, with Elliot placing P2 in 1m46.674s, +0.440s from pole-sitter and fellow EBC-equipped rider, Luke Verwey.

All three race heats saw Elliot pulling out and maintaining a solid lead despite some credible efforts to reel him in. In Race 1, Elliot finished P1 with a best lap of 1m45.482s, followed by Kade Verwey in P2 and Adon Davie completing the podium in P3, having set a lap record of 1m45.410s.

Race 2 brought Elliot another P1, with his weekend’s fastest lap of 1m45.340s. He missed out on a lap record, however, as Kade Verwey (yet another EBC rider) set a new time-to-beat of 1m44.972s on his way to a second P2 finish. Davie finished Race 2 in P3. Race 3 gave Elliot his hat-trick of P1s and saw Trystan Finocchiaro in P2 and Kade Verwey in P3.

Having competed in five out of seven rounds this season, Elliot has stormed the field. His 75-point tally from Nottinghamshire means that he now tops the leader-board with 278 points; six points ahead of second-place Kade Verwey’s tally of 272. The season finale is thus set to be a two-horse race as third-place Trystan Finocchiaro is far adrift with 207 points.

“In free practice, the bike died and wouldn’t start,” said Elliot. “We stripped it, found water in the fuel tank and got it sorted in time for qualifying. I’ve ridden at Donington Park twice this year in the British Talent Cup, but I’ve only had one track day on the 400.

“This meant that qualifying became a practice session. I took half the session to learn my marks and the other half to build on them. The track was also still greasy from earlier. Qualifying P2 was not bad in the circumstances. I’ve always liked Donington Park since my first time here in 2016.

“Race 1 was close during the first half – some riders were very aggressive – but once I got to the front I kept running at my own pace. The pack behind were busy fighting each other so I could eventually gap at 0.5s per lap.

“In Race 2, I got to the front ASAP and repeated the pattern from Race 1 – I broke away, put a gap in and kept it. Race 3 had a slower start. They got us out on the grid then held us there with our tyres getting cold while the BSB parade lap happened. When we started, it took two laps to find the grip levels. A few people crashed but I didn’t see it. After that, I built up slowly. Trystan was 0.5s behind for a while but after Lap 6 or 7, I broke away and raced my own race.

“There wasn’t much drama for me in my races, but less drama equals more speed. At the start of the season, I wasn’t focused on the championship, only on getting noticed. Once I kept winning and closing down the front-runners, I realised I had a shot – which was a bit unexpected.

“I’ve been comfortable in my racing. I’ve haven’t been pushing ridiculously hard, but that means I haven’t made silly mistakes. Getting points has been the priority. I’m hoping this season may open some doors. We’re at Brands Hatch for the season finale – it’s one of my favourite tracks. I’m confident going there. All I need to do is keep my composure and beat Kade.

“Thanks to SymCirrus for their hard work and support. Thanks also to Factory Agencies, Cool Milk, Forma Boots, Doing It For Dan, Macna Leathers, Nexx Helmets and EBC Brakes.”

Elliot will next take to the track for the series finale at Kent’s Brands Hatch GP circuit from 18th to 20th October.

Photo courtesy of Elliot Pinson #76 Racing & O.H. Photography

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Elliot Pinson races with these EBC Brakes products:

Floating MC Rotors

EBC Contour Floating Disc RotorX and XC Floating MC rotors are the lightest rotors you can buy, they will eliminate all your vibration problems and last longer than conventional rotors using round button technology.

Both designs further reduce weight by using only six drive buttons. This further reduces the unit weight by up to 300 grammes.

Stainless Steel Rear Brake Rotors

EBC Stainless Steel Rear Discs
EBC Stainless Steel Rear Brake Rotors replace your original discs exactly and require no changes, simply install with new pads and you’re all set. For disc pad choices see our wide selection for your own riding style.

With contoured profile to reduce weight, rear versions of this new programme are made in HPSR steel and zinc plated to avoid corrosion. The latest EBC contour PLUS rotors are made with special stainless steel and new lightweight profile and feature the new scraper slot system which has proved to be so successful in preventing early life rotor damage when bedding in new brakes. The scraper slots remove any loose particles/debris as the pads bed in during early life after fitment and prevent rotor scoring..

SRK Aramid Fiber Sportbike Race Clutch Kit

SRK Aramid fiber Sportbike race clutch kitsSRK complete kits include aramid fiber lined friction plates, steel separator plates and springs to provide a street-going kit for high performance street and road race use much similar to the DRC program for off road. Some of the kits will now feature new diaphragm springs as used in many larger new bikes to provide a complete clutch rebuild kit for every sportbike possible.

New EBC Clutch tools are available for most modern motorcycle and ARV clutch configurations and more are being added every month.The EBC tools can hold the basket or the plate hub to allow loosening or tightening of the retaining bolts minimising the risk of damage of the engine and clutch parts.

EPFA Sintered Fast Street and Trackday Pads

EBC EPFA Sintered Fast Street and Trackday Pads
The USA-made EBC Brakes EPFA Sintered Fast Street and Trackday Pads are premium long life street pads with improved fade resistance and heat cycling, and improved noise characteristics. EPFA is a great pad for heavy streetbikes, cruisers and faster superbikes as well as intermittent track use.

The compound is based on the EBC Brakes™ top selling Double-H™ sintered material with extra friction stabilising additives for improved brake effect and heat cycling.

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