Goole racer Charlie Atkins had another successful weekend in the British Moto3 championship. Racing in the penultimate round at Oulton Park Atkins followed up a 9th place finish on Saturday with a 6th on the Sunday.
The fifteen year old who races for Wilson Racing in the Hel Performance British Motostar Moto3 championship is now eighth in the championship standings.
Rain seriously affected both free practice sessions on the Friday. Like most riders Atkins went out in FP1 to take a look but there was little to be gained in the conditions. In the second free practice Atkins clocked the 14th best time in his class in conditions that weren’t much improved from the morning session.
The track was still damp for qualifying but began to dry throughout the session. This enabled lap times to improve continually. As a result, Atkins was able to slip inside the top ten finishing up ninth overall with a lap time of 1:53.060.
The rain began to fall as the riders set off on their warm-up lap. The race was started but almost immediately the rain fell more heavily. Before the first lap was complete the red-flag was out and the riders returned to the pits to switch from dry to wet tyres. In the shortened 10 lap re-run Atkins was initially unable to feel comfortable with the bike on the slippery surface. Later in the race he began to increase in confidence and came home ninth for another solid top ten finish.
Atkins made a good start to the second race. Whilst the front three riders managed to make a break Atkins was involved throughout in the second group of riders. Battling for fourth positon for the ten laps racing, including with the newly crowned championship winner Victor Rodriguez, Atkins held his own.
He eventually crossed the line in sixth place to claim ten more championship points.
His haul of 17 points for the weekend moved him up to eighth overall.
Atkins said,” The weather made it difficult. In the first race I didn’t feel great with the bike. I don’t think I could have done any better than ninth. The second race was much better. There was a dry line on the track. I managed to get in the second group of riders and had great fun racing with Victor [Rodriguez] and Cameron [Horsman]. Thanks as always to Harman Carpets and Flooring, Craig Fenton Plumbing, MustHaveMediaServices.com, The Bell and Crown in Snaith, Fosters Bakery and Selby Sports Massage and Personal Training.”
The Hel Performance British Motostar championship now takes a break until the final round at Brands Hatch 12 to 14 October 2018. In the meantime, Charlie Atkins will be competing in the Dorna Sports run British Talent Cup at Assen 28 to 30 September.
Photo: David Watson