OMG Racing came to Brands Hatch fighting hard for success in the sixth round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship. Not only did Gino Rea improve his pace throughout the weekend on the Superbike but Josh Elliott gave the team their first podium in the National Superstock 1000 class, setting the champagne flowing.
Ex GP star Gino Rea came to Brands Hatch with plenty of optimism with a top ten set firmly in his sights. Whilst a top ten has been put off for another day; there were plenty of other positives to come from the weekend. With Gino making it through to Q2 once more, as well as improving his race pace by a significant amount in race two.
“For my first time on the bike on the full GP circuit, it really hasn’t been a bad weekend and it’s been a progressive weekend too. Yes, maybe we’d all like the progress to be quicker but this championship is so competitive. We improved our pace from race one to race two by a considerable amount and that is a big achievement alone. One of the other major positives was that despite Richard Cooper, the other Suzukis were right in front of me. We were able to watch Bradley Ray closely which was something really positive and interesting. Overall, the positions we’ve left Brands Hatch in do not reflect the positive mood in the team and the progress we have made this weekend.”
Josh Elliott’s weekend was magnificent, with the Ulsterman delivering OMG Racing’s best set of results; racing consistently inside the top ten from the get-go on Friday. He continued his great form at the Brands Hatch GP circuit with a 7th in race one, whilst he put the Suzuki on the podium in race two, much too the delight of the team. On Sunday for race three, the ex Superstock 1000 champ was 4th and tantalisingly close to a win.
It has been an incredible weekend at Brands Hatch. I can’t explain how good it feels to be back battling at the front. The OMG Racing team have worked so hard over the weekend to improve the bike for me and they have done an amazing job, so a massive thank you to everyone! It felt great to be standing on the podium once again and giving OMG Racing their first ever podium felt special. We will work hard now to build on this weekend and look to be even better at the next round.”
Team manager, Paul Curran, was pleased with the progress that Gino had made throughout the weekend and was elated that Josh Elliott had got the team their first podium in the British championships.
Paul Curran, Team Manager
“Whilst being mixed, this weekend has been a step forward for the team in many ways. Josh has come in and given us our first podium which has really lifted our spirits and makes all the hard work and effort worth it. Josh has achieved the first of many, and I am sure the next podium will not be too far away.
“For Gino, he’s never ridden the Superbike before and I think that it has taken him a little bit longer than we all thought to be fair. Gino did a great job moving into Q2 for a second consecutive occasion and he got through when other riders – who have been doing hundreds of laps around Brands Hatch GP on a Superbike – didn’t make it through. All in all, the weekend has had more positives than negatives and that reflects in the buoyant team atmosphere as we plan for Thruxton.”