Gold for Pinson
Swindon’s 16-year old motorcycle race-ace Elliot Pinson clinched the championship title during the thrilling finale of the Dickies British Junior Supersport series at Kent’s Brands Hatch GP circuit last weekend (18-20 October).
Riding the SymCirrus Motorsport Ninja 400, Elliot brought his characteristic pace and composure to the title showdown in Kent. In cool, damp weather, he took a few outings to find his pace. He placed P11 in free practice in 1m 45.704s, improving on this to qualify P4 in 1m 42.941s, +0.511s from pole-sitter and championship rival Kade Verwey (another EBC-equipped rider).
Race fans hoping for drama and suspense weren’t disappointed. Kade Verwey started well from pole in Race 1, but the race became a closely matched, three-way battle between Kade Verwey, Adon Davie and Elliot. Elliot’s best race lap was a blistering 1m 40.695s, but Verwey and Davie, both in hot pursuit, set new records of 1m 40.584s and 1m 40.562s respectively. Verwey overtook Elliot on the last lap, forcing him to settle for P2.
Race 2 saw Verwey leading from beginning to end, with Elliot obliged to fight his way through the pack. A podium finish was beginning to look uncertain for Elliot when, on the last lap, he showed his race-craft and passed multiple riders to claim a second P2 finish with a best lap of 1m 41.747s.
Elliot takes 40 points from Brands Hatch. His final tally of 318 points makes him the 2019 series champion, with Kade Verwey runner-up with 309 points. Remarkably, Elliot missed two out of eight rounds in this series.
Elliot Pinson’s Thoughts
“At the start of the season, I wasn’t focused on the championship,” said Elliot after Round 11. “…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. Getting points has been the priority. I’m hoping this season may open some doors.
“Thanks to SymCirrus for their hard work throughout 2019. Much appreciation to O.H. Photography for his fantastic pictures this season. Thanks also to Factory Agencies, Cool Milk, Forma Boots, Doing it for Dan, Macna Leathers, Nexx Helmets and EBC Brakes.”
Pinson photo courtesy of O.H. Photography
Kade Verwey’s Thoughts
“I was really happy with the Race 1 result after starting on pole,” second-place finisher Kade Verwey commented. “There was a lot of scrapping and Elliott pulled a bit of a gap, but I was able to move into second with a couple of laps to go and managed to close the gap to give me a shot of the win. I passed him in the final part of the lap and then as we got to the final corner there was a backmarker.
“I anticipated him to pass me on the inside, so as soon as I saw his front wheel I cracked on the gas and was able to slipstream him to the line. It was close, a lot closer than I thought it would be, but we got the win.
“Honestly, I needed Elliott to be lower than second, but I wasn’t going to give up in the final race. The final race of the season was perfect. I got an amazing start, took the holeshot, led every lap over the line but with Elliott finishing second again I missed out on the title by nine points. I did everything I could so I can’t complain. Thank you to everyone who has supported me. See you all in 2020!”
Luckless Luke Focuses on 2020
Kade’s brother and fellow EBC rider, Luke Verwey, didn’t end the series in quite the way he deserved, with two DNFs over the weekend.
Classified fifteenth overall in the final points classification, Luke has shown, as he did twelve months ago, that he has front running pace. His sixth-place finish on his first visit to Donington Park followed by a fifth on the return to the Lincolnshire circuit, coupled with his maiden BSB pole position are testament to that.
Next season is looking good and presents a real opportunity for the #76 to show his true potential. Luke’s 2020 plans shortly will be announced shortly.
Luke Verwey’s Thoughts
“The opening race didn’t go to plan,” he admits. “It was going alright until a lap or so to go when the chain hopped off. I wasn’t really on the pace but was looking forward to Sunday and improving after making some changes.
“Race two was to be quite honest another disaster. I started fifteenth and was running about eleventh. I ran onto the kerb, right on the edge of the grass and as I tipped in the rear came around and it spat me off.
“Four DNFs to end the year wasn’t what I wanted and doesn’t reflect my riding or the big step forward I’ve made. I can’t wait to announce my plans for next year and want to thank everyone who has helped me and supported me this season!”