After some excellent performances at the recent North West 200 road races, Alastair Seeley and the RAF Regular & Reserve BMW team based at Marham were brought back down to earth at Brands Hatch with a challenging weekend at round three of the MCE British Superbike Championship.
Saturday’s qualifying session saw Alastair finish in 17th place, his time of 46.168s less than nine-tenths of a second adrift of pole man Luke Mossey.
With overtaking notoriously difficult around the demanding circuit, starting from the sixth row meant he was in for a tough 30 laps and although he managed to climb up into the points, moving up to 14th by lap nine, a lack of rear grip caused by the tyre spinning on the rim ultimately meant he got shuffled back to 17th thus missing out on a Championship point by two places.
He again had to start from the sixth row for the second race later in the day and it followed a similar pattern to the first 30-lap affair. Unfortunately, the tyre again spun on the rim for the Carrickfergus rider. He eventually took the chequered flag in 14th for two extremely hard fought points.
Lee Hardy, team owner, said: “It’s definitely been a hard weekend for us and we struggled all weekend through sector two. He was really strong in the other two sectors so it’s disappointing we couldn’t iron out the issues in the middle of the lap as it could have been a good weekend and a different story. Instead, we couldn’t find the pace when we needed to and only came away with two points.”
There’s now a five-week break before the series resumes at Knockhill, Scotland on June 24-26.
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