Swindon’s 16-year old motorcycle race star, Elliot Pinson, convincingly won both of his race heats during Round 4 of the Dickies British Junior Supersport series at Norfolk’s Snetterton circuit on 19-21 July.
Riding the SymCirrus Motorsport Ninja 400, Elliot dominated both the grid and the podium at Snetterton and broke the lap record multiple times. He placed P2 in free practice with a time of 2m11.453s, +0.137s from pole, then qualified in pole position with a brisk time of 2m09.104s. Elliot finished Race 1 in first place with a new lap record of 2m08.833s, then finished first again in Race 2 having broken his own record three times to register a fastest lap of 2m08.046s.
Elliot takes a maximum 50 points from Snetterton. Despite having competed in only two out of four rounds this season, he now lies fourth on the leader board with 108 points. Kade Verwey tops the board with 160 points, while Trystan Finocchiaro is second with 132 points and Matthew Bower third with 122 points.
Elliot next takes to the track for Round 5 of the Junior Supersport series at Hampshire’s Thruxton circuit from 2nd to 4th August.
(Photo courtesy of O.H. Photography).
“We started the weekend well. I spent the first half of free practice bedding in new brake pads and after that we were finding the braking markers. I was happy with the time. There were still some damp patches in qualifying. We had a purple first sector and I had a PB in my second sector but then I got blocked. There are more than 38 riders in this series and back-markers are a big factor, even on this massive circuit. I went back out in P5 and clinched P1 in the last minutes of qualifying.
“We went into Race 1 with dry weather and a good set-up. I got a jump off the line, managed to lead into the first corner and kept going. I managed to stay in front for the whole race and broke the existing lap record.
“Race 2 was more exciting. I had another good start and lead for the first half-lap. Then my brakes started to fade at the end of the Bentley Straight into Brundle. The brake lever came straight to the bar and I didn’t slow down. I had to stand up, go onto the grass and nurse it back on. That dropped me to P7. I pumped the brakes on the start-finish straight and they worked after that.
“I had to be careful in the corners until I’d cleaned the mud off my tyres. Then I got my head down and set three lap records in a row. There was a lot of traffic but I found the speed as I wanted to win. I knew I had more pace so kept working on the set-piece moves in my head. It went down to the last lap. I almost hit the back of Jenner so I lost a bit of time. Then I got behind Kade on the back straight, out-braked him and took first right at the end.
“Thruxton is mostly flat-out, but I won there last year so I’m confident I can find more pace and break away. I’ve got some ideas for different eventualities.
“Massive thanks to the SymCirrus team for their hard work, and to Cool Milk, Doing It For Dan, Macna, Nexx Helmets, Bernard Eliott, GLL Sports Foundation and EBC Brakes for their support.”