May Day disappointment for Appleyard Macadam Racing
Team Appleyard Macadam Racing suffered a frustrating weekend at the Cheshire circuit of Oulton Park after a pair of pointless finishes on race day.
The start to the weekend was the best the team have had in memory with both Keith Farmer in Supersport and Brad Jones in Superstock 600 topping both of their free practice sessions.
They carried this pace into Sunday’s qualifying session, with both Farmer and Jones ending the 30 minute sessions at the top of the timesheets and grabbing their first pole positions of the year.
Farmer had his first race of the weekend later that day, and from pole position made a strong start, settling into second place.
The Northern Irishman eventually hit the front of the race and, along with three other riders, was breaking clear from the chasing pack.
However, at half race distance and having been shuffled backwards to fourth, Farmer was unfortunate to end up getting caught in a racing incident as the man ahead of him caught his front wheel.
Consequentially, he straight-lined the Hizzy Chicane and dropped backwards to seventh place. Dogged determination saw the former British Superbike rider battle back through to a respectable fourth place finish at the chequered flag.
Overnight rain meant Monday’s early races were held on a damp track and Jones’ Superstock 600 race saw a grid full of tyre gambles.
The team opted for a full set of wet tyres along with wet settings but as the race continued, the track dried and Jones dropped backwards despite a good start from pole position.
Battling for the final points on the last lap, Jones managed to salvage a solitary point in 15th place finish. He also dropped back to fourth in the championship standings, 38 points adrift of the series leader.
Farmer suffered similar misfortune in his second race of the weekend. Starting from the front row, he took the holeshot and held the lead for a number of laps before a major engine problem ended his race prematurely and put a stop to his podium charge.
Similarly, a none-score meant Farmer left Oulton Park fifth in the table and 70 points behind an undefeated championship leader, Tarran Mackenzie.
Disappointed but with positivity, Keith Farmer said:
“Well, certainly not the results we were after with the pace we had but it’s never that simple when there’s a few flying Irishmen and in particular, a flying Scotsman on your tail.
“There’s no doubting it was 100% effort from everyone all weekend and I think we’re all as disappointed as each other that we don’t have a trophy to show for it. The good news is this isn’t the end of the journey and I’m now here up to the end of the year so we can crack on and hopefully chase down that championship.”
Photo credits - Jon Jessop Photography