Young guns having fun
Michael earned my 'Bennetts Rider of the Day Award' at Knockhill and on receiving the champagne quipped, "I can't believe I've won this - I'm not even on a Suzuki". How could he think I would ever be biased? Actually, young James Buckingham was also in the running on the Quay Garage Suzuki. He's one of the best privateers in the series, doing a brilliant job and it's not going unnoticed.
Back to the Celts, and the star of the 125 British Championship this year is 16-year-old Kev Coghlan from Perth. A first place at the season opener at Brands Hatch followed by a second at Thruxton then a broken leg while testing a week later meant he sampled all the highs and lows of racing in a very short space of time. There seems no stopping him though, as he bounced back with another victory on home soil at Knockhill but then chucked it away at Snetterton again fighting for the lead. It was only a few years ago when I first met Kev at a cold and wet Red Bull Rookies try-out day at Mallory Park. That day he struggled, mainly because he was so small his fingers could hardly reach the levers. Kev is on his way to great things and I hope he can soon become Scotland's answer to Jonathan Rea.
Snetterton, with only two long straights and a few corners at each end, has only one proper left-hand turn, and the left side of your tyre struggles to get up to temperature. Word in the paddock was that Michelin built a tyre with qualifying rubber on the left side to solve this problem. How things have moved on from when the trick solution was a few cuts with a Stanley knife to get the temperature up! Anyway, no one suffered any major injuries so the troops will be back and fully fit at Silverstone on 21 August. Can't wait.
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