GR Motosport’s Stauff Connect Academy rider Tarran Mackenzie wins his second race of the season from pole position at Snetterton.
The Dickies British Supersport 600;- The weekend started well for Tarran collecting his second R&G Rookies cup award. The Team were determined to make sure there was to be no repeat of the problems seen in qualifying at Knockhill for Taz. Throughout all the mixed weather condition, practice and qualifying sessions, they were able to set the bike up perfectly enabling Tarran to take Pole position and collect his second ‘London Watch’ award of the season.
Starting from Pole Tarran took the hole shot in the sprint race, when on the opening lap Championship leader James Westmoreland crashed out followed by several others bringing out the safety car. Once the safety car pulled in, wild card entry reigning British Champion and current World Supersport contender Luke Stapleford took the lead, Taz followed Geoff’s instruction not to get involved with Luke and settled for a comfortable second place and vital championship points.
Sundays Feature race again Tarran took the hole shot this time for Stapleford to take the lead on the second lap but made a mistake running off track to leave Tarran battling with Andy Reid. Stapleford rejoined the race as Reid’s engine expired. Tarran with stood the relentless closing pressure from Stapleford to win his second race of the season crossing the line just 2/10th clear. Taking 70 points from the last 3 races Taz is just 6 points behind the title leader as we near the halfway stage
Tarran Mackenzie: – “My weekend wasn’t far from being perfect! My Stauff Connect Academy ZX6r and crew were fantastic allowing me to Qualifying on pole, take 2nd in the Saturday Sprint race and a 1st place finish in Sunday’s Feature race. I jumped from 4th to 2nd in the championship and now only 6 points behind, I can’t ask for much more. I’m really looking forward to getting back out at Thruxton in 2 weeks time
Jack not being on a bike since his crash at Brands Hatch, took a little time to settle in, and Josh continued his BSB learning curve. Josh’s highlight was taking an incredible 2nd place in wet practice then a intermittent fuel pump problem ruined his weekend forcing him out of both races. Jack qualify 17th for the first race and made a great start, but had to take evasive action to avoid a first lap incident and ran onto the grass. Jack rejoined but had to retire with a broken gear lever putting him further down the grid for race 2. With another great start and consistent lap times Jack had a good race just missing out on adding to his 2016 BSB points tally.
Jack Kennedy:- “It’s not been the weekend I had hoped for and to come away from Snetterton with zero points is not what I wanted. The results don’t show the work put in, by me to return to fitness or by the efforts from my team. We started off the weekend with radical changes to the bike but with the mixed weather conditions it was a hard to know if it we were going in the right direction. We made it into Q2 but couldn’t improve any further so after a debrief we decided to revert to our previous settings from the start of the season.
I got a great start in race one but was unlucky to get pushed wide onto the grass with the incident at the hairpin. I regrouped but unfortunately just a lap later I had to retire due to a mechanical fault with a broken gear lever. Without setting a decent lap time in the first race, it put me way back on the 2nd last row starting race 2. I got another great start and was catching and passing a few riders. I felt comfortable, had the confidence to push and was enjoying the race, feeling like I could have gone on for a lot more laps. That’s probably the only consolation I can take from a difficult weekend because I know we are capable of doing a lot better. We have to look to Thruxton in two weeks and do everything in our power to improve our results.
Josh Hook :- “Rough day in the office. I went P2 in free practice and everything looked good. Then we had some technical problems with the fuel pump which ruined the weekend. Thanks to the Team for their hard work and I am looking forward to Thruxton which is another new track to me!
Tarran took his 2nd WIN, 2nd Pole and 5th podium of the season jumping into title contention. I know there is still a long way to go but I can’t deny it’s a great feeling for the moment.
Then were have the super highs of the Stauff Connect Academy, The Launch of The Cool Fab Racing/BSB partnership and MotoX all doing so well.
Stuart Higgs and BSB have partnered with Cool Fab Racing to help promote the youngsters racing, which I really feel rewards and endorses everything that we GR Motosport have been promoting in that area for so long.
Again on the MotoX front, nothing but good news, Young Sam Atkinson had his best weekend to date taking 6th overall in the SW 85 British Youth Championships jumping to 6th overall in the Title chase. We are extremely proud to be involved with Sam and have some big plans for the future here….
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