Oulton Park - Highs and Lows
David Allingham had a mixed weekend at round seven of the Motorpoint British Supersport Evo Championship at Oulton Park this weekend. The young Irishman from Derry had a huge crash on Friday morning in first practice but fought through the pain in the opening Supersport Evo race to secure a fantastic win and 12th overall in the main race. He struck disaster on Sunday in the second race where he was hit on the first lap and he crashed out.
David made some changes during first practice which saw him cut his times dramatically until a huge crash put an end to his session. The mechanics worked hard to rebuild the bike and despite some injuries he further improved his time. Qualifying went well and he ended up 15th on the grid, second Evo rider. He got a steady start but slipped back to third Evo rider, he got his head down and on the final lap took a stunning win in the Evo Championship and 12th in the main race.
With the weather taking a turn for the worst on Sunday he was looking strong in the wet warm up session and looking set for another good race in the afternoon. Sadly his day was cut short when Sam Coventry clipped the back end of David's bike at one of the fastest parts of the track forcing him to crash out. A visit to the medical centre at the track saw him leave Oulton Park with a broken thumb and in a cast.
David Allingham - "I can't believe my weekend, it really is the highs and lows of racing to go from winning one day to leaving the next with a cast on my arm. I made a mistake in first practice and crashed out, I hurt my thumb that day and I was feeling ok for the race on Saturday. I'm really pleased with the result in the Sprint race as not only did I win the Evo class but I gained 12th overall in the main race.
I was really fired up for Sunday and looking forward to racing here in the wet, warm up went really well and I was ready to race. I didn't even get to complete a lap; I found out that Sam (Coventry) had no front brake, so I was his brake into Island bend, the fastest part of the track. I went down hard and landed again on my thumb this time after an x-ray at the medical centre I found out I'd broken a bone. Now I'll be straight back to Ireland to find someone that can treat it and hopefully be back out at Cadwell, I just have to see what the hospital say now."
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