In the 2018 British Championship, Joe Collier’s double race victory aboard the EHA Racing/In Competition Aprilia RSV4 RF was the highlight of the weekend for the EHA Racing squad on the Superstock 1000 side of the garage – with Andy Reid reduced to spectator status at the Brands Hatch GP circuit, having sustaining a fractured wrist at Knockhill a fortnight earlier.
Collier led the championship standings on Saturday night with his perfect 30-point haul, that included 5 bonus points for his double-race win. But having posted his first non-finish in Sunday’s third race, when he crashed out on the opening lap, he left the Kent venue holding second place overall in the series standings, just 13 points off the lead.
Collier’s performance on Saturday was nothing short of outstanding, taking into consideration, that he was taken out by another rider during qualifying, which left his bike very second hand and in need of major repair by his crew, with Joe battered and bruised and carrying a suspected broken thumb.
“Saturday was eventful to say the least, but to come back and take two wins after what happened in qualifying is testament to the work put in by Ian Newton and everyone in the EHA Racing/In Competition team.
In both races I battled through from outside the top three, but was confident that if I found my own rhythm and looked after my tyre I could attack in the closing stages. In race one we came from eight place to the win and in race two, we also had to fight hard. Tom Neave did his best to stop me getting past with a few hard moves, but I wasn’t settling for anything less than the win and those extra five bonus points for the double victory.
Apologies to the team for the mistake in Sunday’s third race. I made a bad start and was trying not to lose time out of turn two. I was just too eager on the throttle. It’s disappointing, but we are still well there is the championship standings and can go to Thruxton, knowing we have enough in the package to challenge for the win.”
Gail Allingham – Team Manager
“Joe rode superbly on Saturday in both races, taking into consideration that the team were left to rebuild his bike and he was nursing a thumb injury, as well as being more a little second hand. Sunday's incident was unfortunate but with the nature of the aftermath, we are just glad Joe didn't get seriously injured. He's done both himself and the whole EHA Racing team proud and we can now look forward to Thruxton, where we will be back to a two rider strong team, with Andy Reid set to re-enter the fray. Thanks as always to our sponsors and those family and friends who turned up to support us this weekend."
The next round of the National 1000cc Superstock Championship takes place at Thruxton on the weekend of August 3/4/5th 2018.
For the full championship standings please click here.