DENBY DALE racer Tom Tunstall claimed his first British Superbike Evo podium with a hard fought third place at Croft.
Having managed to fit in a day’s testing following the previous round at Oulton Park the Doodson Motorsport Team were in a buoyant mood going into the third round of the 2011 British Superbike series.
In contrast to the opening rounds, the team made only minor tweaks to the BMW S1000RR machine during the practice and qualifying sessions, choosing to concentrate on getting the most from the powerful German machine.
On the grid for race one the start was delayed as a belt of drizzle blew, in meaning a revised distance of 18 laps and a classified “Wet Race”.
However, the Doodson rider used the closing laps to plan his attack and on the last lap, with only three corners remaining, he swooped up the inside into the Complex holding the place to the chequered flag and claiming his first Evo podium of the season.
“At the start of the race it was a tough call with tyre choice but we did some good homework,” said Tunstall.
“Getting third place is due reward for the whole Doodson Motorsport Team, as we’ve had a challenging start to the season and everyone is working hard to make it happen. We made the best of the opportunity the changeable weather brought and it’s great to be back on the podium.”
The fourth round takes place at another ex-airfield circuit at the fast and bumpy Thruxton in Hampshire over the weekend of the of May 28-30.