Joe Collier took a strong second place in the Superstock 1000 race earlier today, aboard his EHA Racing/In Competition Aprilia RSV4 RF during the Bank Holiday meeting at Oulton Park from his P2 front row grid position – thus maintaining the team’s one hundred percent podium record to date this season. Collier also took the fastest lap of the race.
The 23-year-old rode a strong race at the front of the field and was joined by his team-mate Andy Reid in the early laps, before the Ulsterman was forced to retire with a mechanical problem. That left the Leicestershire ace in a three way battle for the victory, narrowly losing out at the end of 15 pulsating laps by just a few hundredths of a second to Keith Farmer.
Speaking afterwards Joe said: “It’s been a good weekend all round for me here at Oulton Park. We made minimal changes to the bike in all sessions and got the best out of the EHA Racing Aprilia package today in the race. It was a great race and I felt I had the pace to win, but made a little mistake on the last lap, although it was a tight finish and Farmer just nipped it for the win. I’m happy enough with second place going into this little break, so roll on Snetterton where we will be looking for the top step.”
Andy Reid, who had a spell at the front in the early stages before retiring with a mechanical, said: “We’re obviously disappointed to have had to retire from a race that I feel we were certainly strong enough in, to challenge for the win, but these things happen. Up until that point the EHA Racing/In Competition RSV4 RF package was working very well for me and despite a couple of issues over the weekend, we have demonstrated that we are strong front running contenders. Congratulations to Joe on his podium.”
Gail Allingham – Team Manager: “We’re obviously delighted for Joe and disappointed for Andy at the same time, as we feel there was a great opportunity to have both EHA Racing Aprilias on the podium. It was certainly a very exciting race and it could have gone either way, but we are very proud of the effort Joe made. He moves to third in the championship standings and with Andy in fifth, both are still well in the championship hunt. Thanks as always to our hard working team and to our sponsors and fans who turned up to support us.”