Ben Stafford recorded “a massive improvement and a truly fantastic performance” at Cadwell Park in round eight of the Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship.
This was the Saracen’s Head rider’s fourth BSB round and only the second time he had ridden the circuit on the 600 machine.
Saturday saw the first qualifying session in dry conditions and Stafford settled nicely to put himself in a reasonable 18th position.
On Sunday he struggled to get a clear lap in and dropped to 20th.
The morning warm-up on race day went well and the lap time dropped by almost one second.
After two warm-up laps the rain started to fall and the race got under way.
Stafford made a brilliant start, only to make a slight mistake on the entrance to park corner and running wide – leaving the door open to the close followers. Undeterred he completed lap one and crossed the line in 17th place.
Stafford made progress through the field up to the top third until a few laps later.
Team Haribo’s Jordan Gilbert lost the front again going into park and the bike slid straight into Stafford, knocking him off the circuit and grass tracking around the park corner perimeter fence. He re-joined in 24th place and set about making up ground.
Stafford fought his way back and pushed the Silicone Engineering bike to 12th position across the line after 12 laps.
Stafford was disappointed with the unlucky setback in the race but was happy with the performance on the whole. Lap times proved this by putting him the fifth fastest in the race.
Round nine moves to Donington Park on September 5-7.