Safe option for Saracen’s Head youngster after heavy crashes

DISAPPOINTMENT: Ben Stafford can still look forward to the final round at Brands Hatch. Photo: ADRIAN SMITH
DISAPPOINTMENT: Ben Stafford can still look forward to the final round at Brands Hatch. Photo: ADRIAN SMITH
  • Ben Stafford takes positives from faster lap times at Silverstone
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Saracen’s Head youngster Ben Stafford was disappointed after the Silicone Engineering team’s trip to Silverstone.

After his debut in the supersport class in Assen the team decided to enter him in this class for the last two meetings to get some valuable track time towards the end of the year.

Practice started well and Stafford had a decent set-up for the qualifying session which also saw him produce a decent lap time that set him in 17th overall on track and seventh in the evo class.

In the final few minutes of the session Stafford was on a hot lap and crashed heavily in the final sector, causing some heavy damage to the bike.

With only three hours before the race the team worked to get the heavily damaged bike together.

Stafford made a decent start in the sprint race and moved through the field until a mistake in lap three when he tucked the front and ended up down and out.

The next morning he joined the grid in 20th place but after a few laps it was evident that all was not well after the heavy crashes.

Stafford went for the safe option of bringing home the machine at a slower pace and crossed the line in 19th place.

However there were real positive points to take away as lap times were far faster than his previous visit.