It was a disappointing conclusion to the Silverstone weekend for Prime Factors Racing, as after qualifying in an impressive fifth place a fault with the gearbox saw rider Barry Burrell forced to retire.
With the Silverstone round marking Prime Factors Racing’s debut in Pirelli National Superstock 1000, it was a strong start with rider Barry Burrell finishing the opening Free Practice in ninth. Some big changes overnight to accommodate the treaded Pirelli tyres used in the series saw Barry immediately improve his lap time to qualify on the second row of the grid in fifth.
Continuing to set the bike up through the short morning warm up session on Sunday, the team tried a few changes which saw Barry finish tenth. Unfortunately for the team, despite confidence being high and a strong start seeing Barry run in fourth, machine troubles saw him slowly drop back. With the problems continuing to persist, seeing him slip back to 13th by the end of the second lap it later proved terminal, forcing the team to retire.
A disappointed Barry Burrell said, “It’s a real shame to end the weekend in this way. After the changes we made on Friday I was feeling pretty confident that we could be challenging at the front and looking at the lap times from the race we were definitely capable of challenging for a podium. The team has worked fantastic all weekend though and although it’s gutting, that’s racing and we can be pleased that our pace was particularly strong.”
Team Principal of Prime Factors Racing, Bruce Charman added “This wasn’t how we wanted to end our debut race in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship, but we can certainly take a lot of positives from the weekend. I’m really pleased with how the team worked and how we were able to continuously improve with every outing. It was also encouraging to qualify as high as we did and if it wasn’t for the problems, I’m sure we would have been challenging for a podium.”