Elliot Pinson #76 Race Report from Brands Hatch Indy
Elliot entered this round 12th in the championship with 7 points, he left after making good progress getting to grips with the Honda NSF250R, with 26 points and moving up 3 places to 9th in the championship. Also achieving his best race result so far with a 6th place in race 2. The next meeting is, Oulton Park, 26th April-1st of May.
Friday 14th -Saturday 15th April
The first time Elliot rode the bike around this 1.2mile circuit in Kent he achieved a best time of 52.943 seconds 8th in his class during a dry free practice 1.After some rear grip issues in FP1 some adjustments were made to the bike. In a dry free practice 2, Elliot made good progress improving his lap time by 1.381s to 51.562s placing him 5th fastest in his class. Maintaining his FP2 pace meant qualifying with a best time of 51.517s placing him 7th in his class, a step up from the 9th place qualifying position at Donington Park.
Sunday 16th April
Race 1 was held over 16 laps, a poor start saw him losing four places in the first lap. By lap 3 Elliot had regained all the places he had lost at the start, the next 4 laps were a tussle with a full power KTM bike. Then for the next 4 laps chased down the next bike in front, another full power Moto3 bike, closing the gap to 1.2s and setting his fastest lap of 51.108s in the process. On lap 12, Elliot’s foot slipped off the footpeg exiting Graham Hill, he managed to stay on the bike, but lost a lot of time and knocked the bike out of gear. He never regained his rhythm or pace again and finished the race 7th in his class, the best result so far.
Monday 17th April
The dry race 2 was held over a longer 22 laps, a distance Elliot has never raced before. Yet another poor start saw Elliot drop two places in the first lap, from his grid position of 7th in his class. Yet again the chase was on to regain lost places, by lap 3 he had taken back one place and by lap 5 the other. Next he caught a full power KTM and overtook it on lap 7. The job now was the chase down the next standard class bike, but it was over 4 seconds ahead. Unable to find the pace to catch it Elliot finished the race 6th in his class, again another step forward setting another personal best result.
* Photographs credit Kerry Rawson Photography
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