SIMON REID ON PSI
Massive thank you to PSí HUBÍK for my leathers this season.
Proud to be associated, and hopefully we get to show off my leathers on track soon.
Race Report: BSB Super Stock 600 Championship at Donington Park. August 2020
Finally the time came for the first round of the championship, we were finally going racing! I flew to Bristol on the Wednesday then travelled up to the circuit on Thursday morning to set up, the weekend schedule was:
2 Practise sessions on the Friday, Qualifying on the Saturday and Race on Sunday morning.
The forecast of weather wasn't wrong either with scorching 30+ degree heat on Friday and Saturday! This made things a lot tougher on the body and my fitness definitely paid off.
Following from our last test day at Donington there were a few changes I wanted to make to the bike & with Free Practise 1 & 2 I felt really comfortable running around 6th or 7th in both sessions, but I knew there was more to come.
I made a good start to qualifying, our plan was to go out the first 10 minutes and put a banker lap in, I then came into pit lane got my helmet off and some water on board, I had ice packs and a cold towel in my leathers and over my head, the heat was a struggle. Feeling slightly cooler we stuck a new rear tyre in for the last 8 mins and set off ready to put my lap in, with only 6 or 7 clear laps to do this the pressure is always on, sometimes difficult running into slower riders which ruin your lap, but I strung my best lap of the weekend together and qualified on the front row of the grid in 3rd position.
This gave me a great chance at a good start to the race, and we knew we had the pace. Race day was slightly cooler, still warm but slightly overcast which was a relief. After not racing since last October the nerves began to build but I felt focused and ready for the job. I got a great launch off the line and headed into turn 1, I almost nicked the lead but we exited turn 1 in second position.
With a few hard passes with myself and another rider on lap 1 this allowed the leader to pull a small gap and with the times so tight this is hard to make up, I diced with 2 other riders changing position 2nd 3rd and 4th we gapped the rest of the field. Sitting in a comfortable 4th position I had just caught back up to 3rd and with a few seconds to the rider behind, 2 riders came together and the safety car came out, this wasn't an advantage to me as it allowed the riders behind me to regain the time that I had pulled on them. Once the car came in it was all go again, only 0,3 seconds off the lap record the race came to a close and after a good close race wheel to wheel I crossed the line in 5th, 3 seconds off the leader.