Final flag as SGR complete their last race weekend
SGR Racing and Tom Oliver finished their final race weekend together with solid top ten finishes at the 12th round of the Dickies British Supersport Championship at Brands Hatch.
The weekend got off to a good start for the Morpeth-based team with Oliver second in free practice two. When qualifying came round he placed the SGR Racing Yamaha into seventh place on the grid, sixth in class. The sprint race, over 12 laps at the undulating Kent track, saw Oliver get a flying start into fifth place. He was soon engulfed into the melee of the race and was pulled back to seventh place. Then the battle was on, he traded places with Perie and Truelove, swapping back and fourth between eighth and ninth. Oliver executed a plucky move at Druids hairpin to grab seventh place and he fought hard to keep that position to the end of the difficult race. The feature race the following day was a similarly dramatic affair over 18 laps. Starting from eighth on the grid Oliver got away well and was soon battling for seventh position. By mid race he was up to sixth and fighting hard for fifth. Oliver dived into fourth place at Druids on lap 12, unfortunately the move didn’t stick and he stayed in fifth place.
Racing continued to be fraught unto the chequered flag with Oliver securing sixth place.
Oliver said: “That was a great race to finish off the season on. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and hopefully did SGR Racing proud on their last race weekend. I have plans in place for next year. It is a bit of a mix of efforts really. It is Nova Gearboxes, Go Development and SGR running me on a GP2 bike. Steve will be supporting me at as many rounds as possible. I knew he couldn’t keep away from racing for too long.”
Stephen Kinghorn, Team Owner said: “What a great end to the season and to SGR Racing’s time in the paddock. Tom rode really well and showed what he is capable of.
“We are stepping back from racing, but not completely. We are involved in the GP2 class now alongside Nova Gearboxes and Go Development who are running a GP2 bike in 2020 and Tom will be riding for us, so we can still get our racing fix.”