Oliver battles to sixth place

Tom Oliver raced his SGR Racing Yamaha to a superb sixth place at round three of the Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship at Brands Hatch in Kent.

The Morpeth-based team worked hard ahead of qualifying to give Oliver what he needed from the R6 Yamaha, and the effort paid off when he qualified in ninth place on the technical Indy circuit.

Off the line Oliver got away well, unfortunately the 22-lap race was red flagged on the first lap due to an incident. The re-started race was reduced to 18 laps and Oliver got off the line well and slotted in with the front group.

However, the safety car had to be deployed mid-way through the race, and when it came back in, Oliver didn’t get away as well as he would have liked.

But the gritty 20-year-old dug deep and battled his way from 12th through to a solid top ten finish and scored even more championship points, placing him in tenth place overall.

Team owner Stephen Kinghorn said: “That was a nerve wracking race. Tom was in the thick of things at the start and got bumped around a lot. His race pace was superb and he rode well in a chaotic race.”