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Victor Cox in the points at Silverstone

Author: Team Blackhorse Kawasaki
Posted on: Tuesday, Aug 03 2010

Victor was impressive throughout the weekend, lapping consistently and faster with each outing. Friday's free practice session saw Victor out on unfamiliar Pirelli tyres as opposed to the Metzeler tyres which are commonplace in the BSB Superstock 1000 Championship, this created a challenge for the team especially in suspension set-up, however the session concluded with Victor in an excellent seventh position. The action began in earnest later in the day with the first qualifying session and, struggling a little with the suspension, Victor finished down in 18th position with a time of 2:13.77 secs.

Wet conditions greeted the riders for their second free practice session on Saturday morning, but with dry weather forecast for second qualifying in the afternoon and for race day itself, the team adopted a 'steady as you go' approach to the session with Victor taking things easy to complete proceedings in 12th position. The forecasters were indeed correct as dry conditions returned for the second session with the team trying a few different settings to try and establish a good set-up for the Pirelli shod Ninja ZX-10R. The revised Silverstone circuit is a favourite with the riders however it is bumpy in places and this was causing Victor a few handling problems as he ended the session again in 18th position albeit with a slightly faster time of 2:13.36.

The team knew that more changes were needed to the suspension set-up and on Saturday evening a lot of thought and effort went into trying a whole different approach, it was a move that was to pay dividends. In the morning warm up Victor was 9th quickest which was pleasing but frustrating, as everyone in the team knew it would be a hard job for him to get through from 18th on the grid to run with the front runners. However Victor is a great competitor and he gave it a real go, taking 1.3 seconds off his best qualifying time in the race to finish a fine 14th with an uncharacteristic mistake on the last lap costing him a possible 12th place. Nevertheless a strong ride from the 24 year old which didn't go unnoticed by the Eurosport commentary team during their live coverage of the race.

Returning to action for Blackhorse Kawasaki at Silverstone was David Pearce who resumed his Metzeler National Superstock 600 campaign after missing the Snetterton round through injury, the Silverstone race being rescheduled from the postponed event at Oulton Park earlier in the season. David spent the allocated two free practice sessions learning his way round the unfamiliar circuit and with grid positions for the race determined by qualifying from the previously cancelled Oulton Park event, he started the race from 31st position on the grid. However the team shrewdly adapted similar changes to David's ZX-6R that had paid dividends for Victor Cox in the earlier race and this enabled David to storm through to 18th place when the race was stopped with two laps remaining thus denying the young Manx rider an even higher placing, an impressive ride however as a lot of the other lads had been at Silverstone on track days and had learnt the track which was a good advantage with the track being so long at 3.66 miles. Also, like his team-mate before him, David also lapped much quicker in the race knocking a full 2.1 seconds off his qualifying time with a lap of 2:18.2 seconds to round off a very satisfying weekend for the team.

It's a return to the domestic scene this weekend when both Victor and David will be in action in the next installments of the Metzeler National 1000 and 600 Championships respectively. The venue being the Brands Hatch GP circuit in Kent.

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