Lewis’ Loss At The Loop
LEWIS Rollo competed in round eleven of the Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship in association with Black Horse this past weekend, at the legendary Donington Park circuit.
The teenager from Gifford, East Lothian, had come fresh off of a podium weekend at Oulton and was keen to carry on the momentum.
The weather wasn’t looking favourable for practice, but, showed signs of drying up through the weekend.
In Free Practice One Lewis finished the session tenth with a lap time of 1:53:215 in wet conditions around the 2.5-mile East Midlands Circuit.
Over the weekend the young Scot’s confidence grew as the lightened, finally qualifying in second position.
Come Race day Lewis lined up with the support of Moto GP star Eugene Laverty and wife Pippa on the grid and also lending a hand on pit wall.
Lewis grabbed a fantastic start bursting in to the lead, however the 1.7s lead he had managed to secure by the Melbourne loop was halted when an incident at Redgate forced race control to deploy the safety car.
After two laps, the safety car re-entered the pits and Lewis launched himself back in to race mode. With a pensive Laverty relaying split sector times to Lewis’ sister Murran, the pit board went out to the leader of the pack. However, the leader was no longer Rollo, who had tucked the front at the Melbourne Loop due to a cooling tyre during the safety car laps.
“Obviously this isn’t the result we wanted” added Lewis “I felt strong all weekend and felt I could get away from the pack and let them fight amongst themselves for a change. I tried to push on and the bike felt great but I just lost the front at the Melbourne Loop and I was so angry at myself. I’d like to thank all my sponsors that continually support me, as well as my pit crew. I’d also like to thank John Jackson of Braw Beard Oils for making the journey down and Eugene and Pippa Laverty for coming to support me.”
Photo Credit: Jim Rogerson