Raybon digs deep to gain crucial points

THE Morpeth-based SGR Racing team had a decent race weekend at round eight of the Sunoco British 125 GP Championship, with both its young riders picking up points.

Manx man Ian Raybon qualified in 17th position at Brands Hatch in Kent following a tough first qualifying crash. This irritated the knee injury he picked up at Oulton Park.

Despite being hampered, Raybon dug deep and finished in a solid 14th place to pick up two championship points.

Josh Corner, the team’s new North East signing, qualified in 21st place having battled bike gremlins all weekend.

He also had to get to grips with a new team and a new bike so all in all he did a solid job finishing in 15th place and scoring a single point.

Raybon said: “I got a half decent start but I was pushed wide at Druids on the first lap and lost a few places.

“It took about five laps to settle back into the race but I got there and managed to pick off a couple of riders. I did my best lap right at the end and I was pleased to score more points.

“I have to admit I feel pretty second hand at the moment so I’ll rest up and get fit for Cadwell Park in three weeks time.”

Corner said: “I got a real bad start as I’d had a few problems with the bike over the weekend. My clutch wasn’t right but it was just one of those things.

“I fought my way through and put in some good lap times which I felt comfortable doing. If I’d managed those times in qualifying I’d have been top ten.

“I just need more time on the bike and I know I need to work at it.”

Team Manager Steve Kinghorn said: “I’m very pleased with how the team performed this weekend.

“Both riders had to learn the track and the Brands Hatch GP circuit is very technical. They both scored points, improved each session and basically did a brilliant job.”