Andy Reid robbed of potential victory but title challenge still on cards
The luckless Andy Reid was left to lick his wounds after a mechanical failure robbed him of a potential feature British Supersport race victory on Sunday at Snetterton. The Quattro Plant Cool Kawasaki rider was disputing the lead when forced to retire with an engine problem.
He did produce a gargantuan effort during Saturday’s Sprint Race, coming from twentieth on the grid to eventually finish sixth. In this topsy-turvy season in the British middleweight division, the Northern Irish rider actually came out of round six in a more favourable championship points’ position than a fortnight ago at Knockhill.
Knowing that his Quattro Plant Cool Kawasaki team is putting in maximum effort, the enigmatic young racer said: “It’s been a bit of a weird weekend with mixed conditions right from the word go. It kicked off with a wet session and that was okay if I’m honest, but I did make a small mistake in the second session, and pretty much missed a whole session and we were ‘chasing our tails’ a bit after that.
“We got caught out in qualifying as after five minutes there was torrential rain, so the guys who got out early on were able to put in a lap time and we missed out – it’s that simple. We ended up twentieth on the grid and I almost found it exciting, albeit disappointing to be there, but it was fun coming up through the pack and sixth was a good result considering.
“In Sunday’s feature race, we had an engine problem when challenging for the lead. Those sort of things take the result out of your hands, which again is disappointing, as I felt pretty comfortable and those 25 points would have put me back top of the table. It is what it is and we will regroup and come back stronger at Thruxton for round seven.”
Results – Round 6, Snetterton
British Supersport Sprint Race [9 laps]
Winner: Luke Stapleford [Triumph]; 2nd – Tarran Mackenzie [Kawasaki] +3.82sec; 3rd – David Allingham [Yamaha] +7.648sec; 4th – Bradley Ray [Yamaha] +9.671sec; 5th – Andrew Irwin [Yamaha] +10.575sec; 6th – Andy Reid [Quattro Plant Cool Kawasaki] +10.705sec
British Supersport Feature Race
Winner: Tarran Mackenzie [Kawasaki]; 2nd – Luke Stapleford [Triumph] +0.217sec; 3rd – Bradley Ray [Yamaha] +2.831sec; 4th – Mason Law [Kawasaki] +6.238sec; 5th – Luke Jones [Triumph] +6.682sec; 6th – David Allingham [Yamaha] +12.262sec
Andy Reid [Quattro Plant Cool Kawasaki] DNF
Championship Points [after six rounds]
James Westmoreland 124pts
Tarran Mackenzie 118
Andy Reid 103
Luke Jones 94
Joe Francis 75
Ben Currie 71
The next round of the British Supersport Championship takes place on July 23/24th, 2016