Once again Danny Buchan has managed to finish on the podium at what is arguably his worst track in the calendar. And he was riding a borrowed bike.
The Superstock 1000 cc race was the first one on the card at a wet and windy Thruxton on the bank holiday Monday, although thankfully the morning stayed dry enough for the race to be started on slicks.
Danny has managed a disappointing 8th place on the formation grid for the race, mainly due to having to spend so much time setting up the bike for this circuit ( this is the first time that Danny Buchan has raced a litre bike here)
The track is incredibly fast and equally incredibly bumpy, so it is very important to get both the gearing and the suspension absolutely correct, which judging by Danny’s first few corners, is exactly what his mechanics had done.
By the end of the first lap Danny was lying 4th, hot on the back wheel of his teammate Howie Mainwaring , who was also doing very well, running in 3nd place. At one point there was also another green zx10 in the mix at the front ridden by Victor Cox
After a few scuffles with a few contenders, and even a foot from Jason O Halloran, Danny finally made it to 2nd place behind a fast BMW ridden by Richard Cooper.
It did look like Danny was catching Richard up, but we would never find out, as the race was stopped in the last few laps as the rains started to fall. Unfortunately a few unlucky riders felt the effects of slicks and rain just before the race was red flagged , but in the end it was a double podium for MSS Colchester and another 2nd place for Danny Buchan.
With Tristan Palmer finishing 4th this means that Danny Buchan is once again leading the championship, if only by a small margin.
The race was one of the most exciting ones we have watched in a long while, with plenty of overtaking, close action and wild and different racing lines every lap.
Thruxton is one of the riders favourite trace tracks, due to the speed that can be carried through the corners and the wide track which allows plenty of overtaking.
So we are looking forward to the next round which is at Croft in a couple of weeks.
Once again the CHW office furniture wagon will be up there so do come along for a drink