Tom Neave scores a brace of top-ten positions with an eighth and seventh at Knockhill Racing Circuit during round four of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship.
After the shorter Sprint race yesterday, Tom lined up for the first of two 30-lap feature races at the sun-kissed Knockhill Circuit in 17th place after setting a lap time of 48.140.
With strong late-race pace on used tyres, getting a good start and racing away with the quicker riders ahead early on was going to be vital to secure a strong result. So as the lights went out, Tom quickly got his head down to settle into a rhythm, setting his quickest lap early on with his fourth circuit (48.031). At this stage of the race, he was already into the points in 15th.
As the race progressed, Tom picked off his competitors one by one showcasing his excellent race craft with an 8th-place finish, scoring valuable championship points in the process. A just reward for the grit and determination that Tom has displayed throughout this season. He also displayed exceptional consistency as 28 of his racing laps were within ¾ of a second. At this stage of the weekend, Tom’s eighth-place finish equalled his best-ever finish in the premier class series to date.
For the second feature race of the weekend, Tom would line up in thirteenth position as a result of his lap time set in the day’s earlier race. Determined to keep up the good form that he had shown earlier in the day, he raced away from the lights and gained positions early on to end lap one in eleventh. Keeping the pace hot, Tom set his fastest-ever lap of Knockhill on lap nine with a 47.875, breaking that 48-second barrier for the first time of the meeting. At this point of the race, he was engaged in a fierce fight for seventh.
As the chequered flag was waved at the end of lap 30, Tom Neave would cross the finish line in a Superbike career-high finish of seventh, keeping two-time BSB champion Josh Brookes behind in the process.
In the Pirelli National Superstock race, the Fireblade maintained its record as the only model to have won a race this year as Dan Linfoot, Optimum Bikes Racing, doubled his win tally for the weekend. Richard Kerr, AMD Racing, also finished on the podium in second.
The Honda Racing team now has a short break before heading to Round Five of the championship at Snetterton, 7-9 July.