After having a dismal weekend at Oulton Park a few weeks ago Ian Lowry, riding on the Padgetts Honda got his season back on form at the Snetterton 300 circuit this weekend. In extremely hot conditions in front of a massive crowd at Snetterton the Ulsterman gained an eighth in race one and strong fourth in race two.
Ian was running well during all the practice sessions and was one of the few people able to set consistent race times through each of the sessions. Things took a turn for the worse during the Superpole session and after running well in the first part Ian crashed out of Superpole two in the early stages forcing him to qualify in 19th position for the opening race.
This left him with an awful lot of work to do from the fifth row and with a steady start and 15th after the opening lap he had to get his head down. He soon chipped away and made passes on riders and ended up locked in a battle with Chris Walker and in a dash for the line, Walker beat him by 0.02 over the finish line and Ian was pushed back to eighth.
Ian moved himself up to 12th on the grid for race two and was eager to gain a good start and a solid race result to remain in the top six for the final showdown. He was ninth after the opening lap and looking in a strong position, some good lap times and tidy passing manoeuvres saw him locked in a battle with Alex Lowes for fourth position. He got past Lowes on lap eight and was trying to hunt down third placed man Brookes, despite some strong times there were not enough laps in the race and he had to settle for fourth.
Ian - "I'm pretty pleased with the results today as it's a massive step in the right direction after the nightmare that we had at Oulton Park. I was pretty naffed off after I crashed in second Superpole as we'd been running really good times all weekend and I knew I could have done good in the races but ended up 19th on the grid certainly didn't help my progress! It gave me an awful lot of work to do and I had to make sure I passed people in the early stages of the race to enable me to get up into a top ten position. Being that far back during the first few laps was pretty chaotic and I didn't want to do anything stupid and crash so I just chipped away and tried to put in a decent lap time to hoist me up the grid a bit further for race two. I moved two rows forward and it did make things easier but I was still left with a lot of people to get passed. I'm fifth in the Championship now and would really like to get myself back on the podium, I know I'm capable and the Padgetts Honda certainly is."
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