Apr 13 2012 Perthshire Advertiser Friday
AFTER seven weeks without a drop of rain and a hosepipe ban newly in place, the wet weather returned to Kent with a vengeance to welcome in the new British Superbike Championship season at Brand’s Hatch.
All five Team Colin Appleyard/Macadam Racing riders were raring to go after promising pre-season testing but in the end it was the weather that was the winner.
Cold, wet and windy conditions prevailed throughout the weekend and after last year when it was cracking the flags at Easter it was back to typical British Bank Holiday weather.
Perthshire’s experienced 600 rider Kev Coghlan ruptured a radiator in practice and crashed out, which meant he had to start Sunday’s sprint race at the back of the grid. With a drying track at the start he was making real progress on the narrow racing line when the race was red flagged because of a crash, leaving him in thirteenth place.
Monday’s race was, in the words of manager Robin Appleyard, “simply chaotic.”
He said Kev, who started on the fifth row of the grid, was making good progress in the wet when the race was red flagged for the first time.
With fuel on the track it was an hour before the race could be re-started. It didn’t last long and after an eight bike crash coming off Druids’ Corner the race was stopped again and, with fuel still lying, it was deemed too dangerous to continue and this, in turn, led to the cancellation of the whole meeting. Half points were awarded with Kev in ninth