Bow biker Sam Cox secures three podium finishes at Brands Hatch
PUBLISHED: 19:06 11 October 2010
East London racer has great weekend at famous circuit.
Bow biker Sam Cox had an excellent weekend at Brands Hatch in a Thunderbikes meeting, registering three second places in the four meet card.
The 19-year-old from Nightingale Mews, showed great skill and concentration in wet conditions, to put in four consistent performances, racing on a bike which was up to 14 brake horse power weaker than the opposition.
“It was a brilliant weekend, I didn’t expect to get on the podium three times,” he said.
“It was a good run out and a good competition.”
After starting the opening race in 29th, Cox made a great start and by the first corner
was already up to 15th.
On lap four he narrowly avoided another rider who crashed in front of him forcing him to go onto the grass verge. Sam carefully steered his bike back onto the circuit track but lost 6 places in the incident. Within two laps he found himself back in the top ten and by the end finished in ninth position -amongst the points and further up the race grid for the second race of the afternoon.
In the dampening conditions, Cox soon pushed himself up to fifth, lapping the circuit in 56 seconds.
Benefitting from a three bike crash in front of him, the Bow racer completed the race in second to win his first trophy and podium of the weekend.
“I was really happy, got to fifth in second race,” he said. “Second and third took each other out in first corner. I’m obviously happy because did well in the wet conditions.”
Starting second on the grid behind the Championship leader in race three did not deter Cox from making an aggressive and powerful start off the line, tracking the number one position during the first two laps before eventually losing out by nearly eight seconds to the winner.
Starting in second position on the grid for the final race of the weekend, Cox made an excellent start and by lap three was leading the race.
Hanging on for several laps Cox was finally overtaken, finishing two second behind the eventual winner.
“Sunday’s results justified what I did Saturday,” he said.
“I wanted to prove I did not come second just because others in front of me crashed out.
“I can build on what happened at Brands Hatch and I am hopeful of success in the Minitwins series next season.”