6D Athlete Billy Mcconnell got off to a winning start in the National Superstock 1000 championship, as Billy McConnell – starting from pole position after setting a lap time over a second quicker than anyone else in qualifying – took the chequered flag first in part one of yesterday’s two-part race. The Aussie was then leading the way again in part two onboard his GSX-R1000 when the red flags came out, bringing the race to an early end. In today’s wet conditions he took a solid fifth place to add more points to his championship haul, and heads into round two at the top of the standings.
Billy McConnell, “To be honest, after starting with essentially two wins, today’s fifth was a little disappointing. But after such a long time off a bike, for me, I started to have questions over whether I could do it again, so it was really nice for me to show that I could this weekend. In the dry race I had such a good rhythm, and once at the front I just managed the gap as there was a little bit of drizzle in each sector, sort of one sector at a time as it moved around. But honestly I felt so good, I’ve really gelled with the bike and it’s got so much potential too, and we’re just getting started. In qualifying we were over a second quicker than anyone else, and I really think we could have kept pushing on if it was fully dry. In the wet, I actually had too much traction control on to start with, but I lowered it and started to push and get more drive. I probably could have lowered it further. But fifth is good. It’s early in the season and we’ve started strongly. Everyone’s smiling and looking forward to Brands Hatch.”