Ben battles on through pain

DISAPPOINTED: Ben Stafford finished in 15th place. Photo by Adrian Smith
DISAPPOINTED: Ben Stafford finished in 15th place. Photo by Adrian Smith
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Saracen’s Head youngster Ben Stafford suffered a hand injury in round six of the Pirelli 600 Superstock Championship at Brands Hatch.

The Silicone Engineering team rider started off the weekend well by setting some great times in free practice.

In the first qualifying session Stafford bettered his times and set a respectable 1:30.9 to put him in seventh place.

However just before the flag Stafford crashed out at Druids and was collected by another rider, damaging his left hand.

After a trip to the medical centre he was deemed fit for the second session and, despite being in pain, he took 11th place for the start of Sunday’s race.

After battling for five laps a jolt to the hand meant that Stafford found it difficult to hang for the remainder of the race. But he carried on and eventually crossed the line in a disappointing 15th place in the points.

Stafford’s dad Andy said: “There were some positives to take from this, we now know we have the pace to run up front but need a little lady luck as well.

“Ben was obviously disappointed with the weekend result but once again would like to thank the Silicone team for providing a great bike and the continued support along with all of his loyal sponsors.”

After a trip to hospital it was confirmed that Stafford has fractures in his wrist and thumb. He will need some intense therapy after the cast is removed to be ready for Thruxton at the end of the month.