|NCT Racing - And a podium position....|
Author: NCT Racing
Posted on: Tuesday, Jul 22 2008
When the timed session took place conditions were dry but with threatening rain clouds. Lee was straight on the pace in 2nd position behind Brogan; Conor was lying in 15th when we had a technical problem with his no.1 bike which necessitated swapping to his no 2 bike. At the end of the first qualifying session Lee ended in P2 and Conor P14.
Saturday 19th. The track was still damp for second qualifying on Saturday but unfortunately the heavy rain arrived so the times from the first qualifying would count as the grid positions for the races. However Conor topped the timing sheets in the wet with Lee in 6th. This gave team VanFit Yamaha 4th front row start of the season.
Race 1 Saturday 19th
Lee at last made a good start and at the end of the first lap was lying in 3rd place with Conor in 12th place. Towards the end of the race Lee came under threat from Marshall Neil and Alastair Seeley who both briefly got past only to crack under the pressure and take each other out leaving Lee to score his first podium of the season. Meanwhile Conor had battled throughout the race finishing a creditable 9th.
Race 2 Sunday 20th
Lee again made a superb start from the front row and was 3rd at the end of the first lap. Conor also made an excellent start moving through to 9th place. As Kirkham and Brogan pulled clear Lee was left in a 6 way battle for the remaining podium position. Eventually losing out by 0.09 seconds at the finish to finish 4th but gaining over 75% of the TV coverage which was excellent for the teams sponsors. Conor was also involved in ferocious 3 way battle and finished in a creditable 11th place.
All in all a fantastic weekend for team Vanfit Yamaha as we look forward to our trip North of the Border to Knockhill for round 8
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