Ben picks up another point

GREAT START: Ben Stafford finished ninth in his first race at Silverstone. Photo: Adrian Smith
GREAT START: Ben Stafford finished ninth in his first race at Silverstone. Photo: Adrian Smith
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Saracen’s Head rider Ben Stafford finished ninth for another point in round 11 of the Pirelli National Stock 600 Championship at Silverstone.

This was his seventh appearance in the 12-round series, missing the first three rounds due to ACU licence regulations, while the practice session was the first time Stafford had ridden the 3.8-mile Northamptonshire circuit.

The first qualifying session started in dry conditions and the youngster set about putting in some times. 
However at the close he found himself in 20th and two seconds adrift of the top bunch.

Overnight changes were made to the bike to try to rectify the deficit and a vibration problem identified and rectified in the gearbox.

The second qualifying session was cancelled due to torrential rain so Stafford started the race in 20th place.

After the three-lap warm-up session he returned to the paddock a lot happier with the final set-up.

Stafford made his usual great start and made quick progress through the pack having some great battles on the way through the 10-lap race and the 3.6-mile laps to cross the line in a ninth place.

This will leave the final round at the Brands Hatch Indy circuit in two weeks where Stafford will be hoping for more of the same.

Following a crash during Saturday practice Ben Wilson was forced to withdraw from the MCE British Superbike Championship races at Silverstone as he was suffering from blurred vision.

The final round of the series takes place at Brands Hatch on October 19 when it is hoped the Kirton rider will be back to full fitness and able to contest the three races at the Kent circuit to round off his season on a high note.

The Wyberton-based G&S Racing Kawasaki team travelled to Silverstone for the penultimate round of the National Superstock 1000 and 600 Championships, resulting in a 12th-place finish for Kevin Van Leuven in the stock 600 class and the same result for Dominic Usher in the Stock 1000 race while Tom Fisher was 26th after struggling with his injured hand.

The final round of both series is at Brands Hatch on October 19 but Fisher will ride at the Stars at Darley meeting at Darley Moor this Sunday.