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Back to racing and much more…

16/07/2018

With the HEL Performance Motostar British Championship taking an extended break after the Oulton Park round, it was back to business at Knockhill. That said, Team WNT Burman Racing has kept itself busy with the annual WNT/XYZ Cadwell Park trackday, a visit to helmet sponsor Complete Engineering, and some serious training cycling the mountains of Scotland to take in.

As previously reported the Cadwell Park trackday was a roaring success with all the guests having a fantastic day honing their skills around the undulating and twisty circuit. Among those guests were Alan Walker and Andrew Monkhouse from Complete Engineering Services, a customer of Ceratizit WNT, who have become Sam’s helmet sponsor this season. Based in Carlisle Complete Engineering Services provide sub-contract machining and design facilities and are celebrating 20 years in business.

With Sam’s background in machining it was too good an opportunity to miss not to take a detour on the way to Knockhill to pay them a visit to thank them for their support. Sam spent several hours with Alan and Andrew and got to chat with the rest of the team at Complete Engineering Services, many of them fascinated to hear her story and learn about her racing and get involved in a photo opportunity. “It is only with the support of sponsors such as Alan ands Andrew that people like myself can afford to go racing, so to be able to pay them back in some small way, such as taking time to visit and talk with them is the least that I can do,” says Sam.

However, not everything went to plan. “The results in class paint a good picture, but I wasn’t making a great job of it to be bluntly honest. I can only point the finger at myself as the changes to the circuit were obviously an improvement, with lap records being broken in every class, so well done to the management and team at Knockhill. For me, though, the changes had a negative effect due to unfamiliarity with the surface and a large dose of self-doubt initially crept in to my riding. In such a competitive field that was a major disadvantage, especially around this short twisty circuit that favours aggressive riding. Throughout the weekend the team made changes to my bike and we switched tyre compounds, all of which delivered some improvements that worked well for me on the bike and, which can be taken into the rest of the season. On a positive note in the last race I was able to push hard and set my fastest laps of the weekend. It is always good to finish the day going fast and I will take this growing confidence on to Brands Hatch and add some more momentum to my season. The race calendar has a long way to go with six more rounds before October and I will continue to ride as hard as I can, both for myself and the team and sponsors that make all this possible.”

Sam and the team then continued their journey north to Knockhill, the newly resurfaced Knockhill, and in some quirk of fate the entire weekend was bathed in sunshine. This must be a first as regulars to this wonderful little circuit in Fife will remind you that if you can’t see the hill it’s raining, and if you can see the hill it’s about to rain, so to be bathed in sunshine was a pleasant experience. “The consistent weather all weekend meant that everything was just right for some fast laps and good race pace, and Sam posted Class results of 12th and 13th in her races.

Taking advantage of being in the glorious Scottish countryside Sam and Marcus left Knockhill for a few days mountain biking around Innerleithen. These three days of solid training took in one day at Inneleithen, before moving on to Glenntress and Kirroughtree, all of which form part of the renowned seven Stanes mountain biking centres that stretch from the Scottish borders and through Dumfries and Galloway. “We covered over 100 miles on the bikes, which included some 13,000 ft of climbing in just 13 hours in the saddle, so no fitness excuses from me, or Marcus!”

Team WNT Burman racing is next out on track at Brands Hatch on the full Grand prix circuit over the weekend of 20 – 22 July, it would be great to see you there.