Conditions were difficult for the start of the Quattro Group British Supersport Sprint Race at Donington Park today and, as in the earlier British Superbike race, there were a few casualties of the rain and cold; unfortunately Dynavolt Triumph’s Danny Webb was one of them.
From his qualifying position on the third row of the grid, Webb immediately got boxed in at the start and fell a little way down the order. After a couple of big slides in the treacherous conditions, Webb decided to cool it and regroup before launching a comeback with his sights on Kennedy and the third step of the podium. Webb gave it just a bit too much of a handful and high-sided without injury at the Melbourne loop with only one lap of the 12-lap race remaining.
Danny Webb: “We’ve had a good day and a bad day. Qualifying we made a good step with the bike in the dry. In the wet conditions it was really, really sketchy out there, it was a kind of a battle of attrition. The podium was in sight and I just got a little bit too excited and just wound the gas on a little bit too much and high-sided with a lap to go. It’s unfortunate, sorry to the guys, you know I really wanted to get that podium. We’ve got another go tomorrow.”
Teammate Brandon Paasch salvaged a very respectable eighth place finish and solid championship points from the challenging day at the Leicestershire circuit. Paasch was happy to have made it to the chequered flag in the race that saw numerous fallers in the tricky conditions.
Brandon Paasch: “Glad I even finished to be honest, it was a bit sketchy out there, really wet and really cold. Had a moment and tweaked my wrist again so I’m about to go to Medical to get it checked out.”
Dynavolt Triumph Team Manager Simon Buckmaster: “The conditions were wet but we work very closely with Bitubo to have a really good wet setting. Coming into the last lap, Danny was just trying to close on Jack Kennedy for the battle for third and he just lost the rear. No damage to him and no damage to the bike. It’s such a shame we really wanted another podium but Danny was right there at the front and did a great job, fair play to everyone in the team for that. We will just have to wait until tomorrow and see what we can do.”
“Brandon found it difficult to get the feel for the conditions and of course was then faced with the problem that he couldn’t get the temperature in the tyres. Towards the end he did get a little quicker and brought it home in eighth to get some good points.”