Stafford edges closer to front

POSITIVE SIGNS: Ben Stafford claimed tenth place in the championship standings. Photo by Adrian Smith
POSITIVE SIGNS: Ben Stafford claimed tenth place in the championship standings. Photo by Adrian Smith

Saracen’s Head youngster Ben Stafford picked up more points in round five of the Pirelli National 600 Superstock at Knockhill.

The Silicone Engineering team member has only ridden this circuit in Scotland once before but likes it.

After the first qualifying session he was in 14th place but 0.4 second would have jumped him up to sixth.

The second qualifying session was cancelled due to overnight storms.

Stafford settled down in Sunday’s race and soon got into the rhythm.

Steadily working his way through the field, he progressed to 11th and was right on the heels of the next bunch when it was declared the race over as rain started to fall.

Due to the BSB ruling on positions when declared Stafford was demoted to 13th – again bringing home valuable points and claiming tenth in the championship standings.

All these are positive signs showing how he is steadily learning the craft and edging to the front in his first full year at this discipline.

Just 30 minutes after riding the bike to the finish Stafford then changed attire and picked up the day job as team mechanic for the roads.

After packing the Knockhill truck they returned to the workshop, unloaded and re-loaded then headed to the ferry at 2am to the Isle of Man for the southern 100 road race to set up for Monday’s practice.

The next Superstock round will be held on the Brands Hatch Indy circuit on July 17-19.