News 1 Jun 2011

O'Halloran frustrated with sixth place finish at Thruxton

HM Plant Honda’s Jason O’Halloran experienced a frustrating day at Thruxton’s round of the British Superstock 1000 championship.

Equipment issues and an incident packed race involving safety cars and an eventual red flag all combined to leave the Aussie with a sixth place finish on the day.

After starting on the third row of the grid, a crash on the first lap prompted a five lap safety car interval.

O’Halloran sat in eighth place after the safety car period, staying with the lead pack. He then dealt with a fogging visor, but in the following few laps still managed to start making his way through the pack, clawing through to sixth by lap eleven.

“In the first laps after the safety car my visor misted up and that made it even more difficult but then I opened it and it cleared so was able to start moving forward and making some passes,” O’Halloran reflected.

However the end of lap eleven saw the race red flagged, meaning O’Halloran was forced to take the sixth place position that he occupied at the time.

“It was a disappointing race for us, mainly due to the safety car period and the red flag with still some of the race to go. It would have been nice just to go the distance as we were closing in over the last lap,” he stated.

“It’s a shame the red flag came out as it made it a bit of a non-event for me in the end, but we are still third in the standings so we can move on and aim high again for Knockhill.”

The British Superbike Championship visits Knockhill for round five of the series on June 17-19.