The National Superstock 1000 Series moved onto Brands Hatch at the weekend for the second visit of the 2015 season and this time they would be using the full 2.43 mile Grand Prix circuit.
With track sections called Hawthorns, Surtees, Cooper Straight and Sheene Curve, up to 30,000 spectators flocked to the Kent circuit to witness close and exciting racing.
And this was a chance for 27 year old motorcycle ace Mick Robertson from Dunnderhall to show his potential in front of a huge crowd, picking up from the last round of the Championship at Knockhill two weeks ago he scored a superb second place and is already running at the front of such a competitive series. In practice and the first of two qualifying sessions last weekend Mick was happy that no major changes were needed to the set-up on his Kawasaki ZX-10R race bike, although the very hot weather can cause difficulties with tyres and brakes. Mick improved his lap times by over one second in every session and finished eighth quickest and a third row start. Just one second covers the top 10 riders on the grid which indicates how competitive this Championship has become.
“No race plan, I just aim to get off the line as quick as possible and give it my all,” said Mick. He did indeed get off the line well and took no time in moving up two places to sixth. On lap seven of the 16 lap race a warning light on the dashboard indicated the engine was starting to overheat and was losing power but he was reluctant to pull in and decided to carry on and hope the engine would not seize. On the last lap he had dropped back to eigth place but when one of the leading riders crashed out on the final corner Mick was promoted to seventh and a further nine valuable Championship points.
The next round is at Thruxton, July 31- August 2.