Brayden Elliott has finished fourth overall in just his second event in Australia’s premier road racing category, Superbike, at the second round of the 2016 Australian Superbike Championship at Goulburn’s Wakefield Park Raceway with Elliott managing to be inside the top ten right through the weekend, managing to secure a best finish of sixth in both races.
It was a positive start to the weekend for Elliott, opting to participate in two of Friday’s three practice sessions, he managed a quickest time of a 59.532 in the last outing, placing him ninth overall. Backing up from the developments made across practice, Brayden subsequently improved his times further in the first of two qualifying sessions, placing seventh with a 58.794, while the sec ond session saw the Tumut rider record a 59.079 with the session unfortunately being cut short due to a minor crash. On merged times, Brayden would start race one from eighth.
With three separate red flag interruptions before any significant part of race one could be completed, Brayden remained composed and focussed on the job despite the interruptions. With the race being shortened to twelve laps, Elliott engaged in a battle with riders as high as fourth position in the race, the Knobby Underwear Suzuki GSX-R 1000 would eventually settle for sixth.
The second and final race of the weekend would run the full length of 16 laps, it would also again see Brayden become involved in a battle with riders within the top six as the pack broke away from the remainder of the field. Lap three would see Elliott set his personal best time of the whole weekend, surpassing his effort from qualifying to record a 58.357, extending a margin of eleven seconds on the next rider, holding down sixth place to the chequered flag. Combined round points would see Brayden finish fourth overall.
“I’m extremely happy with my efforts at round two of the Australian Superbike Championship. From start to finish, the team did an amazing job, continuing to help build my confidence as we placed a heavy focus on setup around the tight Wakefield Park circuit. Putting my focus on myself allowed the whole team to work toward achieving my own personal goals and step by step we continued to improve as the weekend progressed.”
“To finish fourth overall is something that I am very proud of for only my second Superbike race and I am also reasonably happy with my efforts and consistency over the long race distance. Being amongst the best factory riders and teams has certainly given me a lot to think about as we prepare for round three.”
“I’m very happy to leave the track with a huge amount of positives, also knowing the areas I need to work on and improve. It was very important to gain more race experience over the long 16 lap races, picking up crucial Championship points along the way. I’d like to thank everyone for their local support and all of my sponsors for making this season possible.”
Official Round Results:
Practice (Merged Times) – 9th l Qualifying 1 – 7th l Qualifying 2 – 9th l Race 1 – 6th l Race 2 – 6th l Overall Round Result – 4th
Round three of the 2016 Australian Superbike Championship takes place at Sydney Motorsport Park, Eastern Creek, NSW from April 16- 17.