Richard Kerr and the Dumfries-based AMD Motorsport workforce concluded their extremely profitable Pirelli Nationwide Superstock Championship season on the weekend with second and sixth place finishes at Manufacturers Hatch, the web outcome being a wonderful second total within the ultimate championship standings.
It additionally meant for the second 12 months in a row, the 23-year previous was the one rider to attain factors in each race, an outstanding feat in any championship, anyplace on the earth.
The weekend began with an especially moist day on Friday with restricted monitor time seeing Richard down in an especially unfamiliar twenty fifth place and it meant he had to enter Q1 for Saturday’s qualifying session though it proved to be invaluable as the additional monitor time helped his problem. Topping Q1, a time of 1’28.495 in Q2 put him in seventh place and on the head of the third row.
Heavy rain returned in a while Saturday which noticed the opening race of the weekend minimize from 14 laps to 12 with the race beginning on a moist monitor. Sixth on the opening lap, the County Donegal rider shadowed arch rival Dan Linfoot for a lot of the best way and though he slipped again to seventh at one stage, he dug deep within the closing phases and a ultimate nook, ultimate lap manoeuvre noticed him overhaul Linfoot and take sixth place.
It minimize the deficit to 31 factors and ensured the championship went to the ultimate race of the season with Sunday seeing dry and sunny circumstances albeit with cool temperatures. Ranging from eighth on the grid, one place forward of Linfoot, Richard moved into fifth on the opening lap and though Linfoot labored his manner via the pack barely faster, taking the lead on the sixth of 14 laps, Richard put in one other excellent trip to take second place and his ninth podium of the season.
It meant he ended the 12 months with 341 factors, 36 adrift of former British Superbike Championship race winner Linfoot, and three locations greater up within the championship standings than in 2022.
Richard Kerr: “I’m pleased with that second place and second total within the championship is superb! Saturday’s race was robust, and, for no matter purpose, I’ve discovered the going troublesome within the damp races these days and simply haven’t been in a position to get the drive or grip after I wanted it. Sunday’s race was lots higher and it’s good to finish the season with one other podium, particularly because it’s my first ever one right here at Manufacturers.”
“I used to be happy I used to be in a position to take the championship right down to the ultimate race and there’s no disgrace in dropping to Dan as he’s a category act. He has a variety of expertise, so I’ve learnt an terrible lot from him and he’s a rider who doesn’t make errors and to win titles it’s essential to trip inch excellent like him on a regular basis. Second total within the championship is one other large step ahead so an enormous thanks to Fraser and Mary and the entire AMD Motorsport workforce in addition to all my private sponsors.”
Fraser Dykes, Crew Proprietor: “What can I say, we’ve ended the season with a implausible outcome each within the ultimate race and within the ultimate championship standings. It’s by no means over till it’s over so honest play to Richard for taking it to the ultimate race and it was fairly acceptable that the 1-2 within the ultimate race of the season was additionally the ultimate 1-2 within the championship desk. We couldn’t be happier with second total within the championship and Richard’s consistency is completely phenomenal, an attribute that few riders can match.”
Footage by Tim Keeton (Affect Photos Pictures)
Ultimate Championship standings (after 11 rounds)
1 Dan Linfoot (Honda) 377pts
2 Richard Kerr (AMD Motorsport Honda) 341
3 Alastair Seeley (BMW) 315
4 Joe Talbot (Honda) 300
5 Billy McConnell (Honda) 270
6 Lewis Rollo (Aprilia) 234
Motor racing: Glorious second total for Kerr in Pirelli Superstock Championship was final modified: October sixteenth, 2023 by