A COMPLETE contrast in the weather conditions over the weekend caused chaos at the British Championship meeting at Oulton Park, which was ultimately abandoned for safety reasons.
The glorious sunshine of a fortnight ago seemed a distant memory as the rain brought a premature end to Sunday’s racing.
It was all a huge anti-climax for the Team Colin Appleyard/Macadam Racing riders who were keen to build on their good performances at Snetterton.
After a serious incident in the SuperStock 1000 race the start of Brechin rider Ryan Watson’s 125 Championship race was delayed, and then cut to just eight laps.
In Saturday’s dry qualifying, the young 13 year old from Brechin had ridden really well to qualify seventh, showing the podium from Snetterton was no flash in the pan.
However, in Sunday’s very heavy rain he was much less aggressive but rode sensibly bringing the bike home in thirteenth place, and a few more points.
Afterwards his upbeat manager said: “Not surprisingly, for a young rider in his first year at this level, Ryan is cautious in the wet conditions, and Sunday was as wet as it gets, but it is all part and parcel of bike racing and he is learning and improving all the time.”
Ryan at least got to race. His SuperStock 600 team-mate Deane Brown was not so lucky as his race never got off the grid.
This was a huge disappointment for the whole team as throughout the weekend he had ridden with his usual aggressive consistency to qualify fifth, and was in real confident mood going in to Sundays race, having got an excellent set up for the race.
Both the SuperSport and SuperStock 600 races have now been re-scheduled to the August Bank Holiday meeting at Cadwell Park
All in all it was a frustrating weekend and the team will be hoping the weather improves when they return to Brands Hatch for the circuit’s second meeting of the season in three weeks’ time.