Charlie Atkins was competing in the Motostar Silverstone 2016 event this weekedn and couldn’t have asked for a much better start to the series.
On the Friday morning the weather was wet and free practice was delayed after an accident to a rider in another category. When it did finally start the track was still wet, but drying. Atkins opted to try slicks but on the understanding his job was to just familiarise himself with the track. Lap times in the conditions were almost irrelevant.
Late in the afternoon the riders went out again to compete in the first qualifying session. Managing to complete ten laps during the allotted time, Atkins registered a 2:33.194 on his 7th lap putting him just outside the top ten (11th) in Q1.
On Saturday morning the track was dry but cool for the Motostar British riders. Atkins made the most of the session having spent yesterday learning the track. He slashed his lap time by 2.7 seconds as he finished the second qualifying session in fourth position. The combined times meant that Charlie Atkins would head row three at the start of race one. As the afternoon went on it became clear that the weather had made the track conditions too dangerous to hold the first race on the Saturday so it was postponed for another meeting.
There were no such problems for race two on Sunday morning. On a dry track Atkins lost a position early on before battling his way back from eighth to sixth by the half-way stage. Despite then losing a couple of places Atkins never gave up and on the last lap pushed hard to move up to fifth place passing three riders. With the race leading crashing out, on the final lap, Atkins now found himself in fourth place just missing out on a podium finish in his first Motostar British Championship race. A superb performance from the young rider from Goole.
Charlie Atkins, “I am so happy to have finished fourth. I was really nervous before the start of the race. It was my first race in a BSB support series and I took a few laps to get going. I then picked up the pace and worked hard to catch the riders in front. On the final lap I managed to make up three places. I didn’t expect to do so well in my first round so I feel fantastic. I’d like to thank my sponsors for their help. If any businesses or individuals want to get involved and support me then please contact my Dad on 07929 006993 or through my website email@example.com.”
Gary Wilson, “We’ve had an awesome weekend and everything has gone to plan. Charlie rode exceptionally well and finished better than we expected at this early stage of the season. We are very proud of him. The team has gelled and is working exceptionally well. Roll on round two.”
The next round of the Motostar British Championship is on 2nd May 2016.