T.J. finishes debut superstock season on a high

  • T.J. finishes debut superstock season on a high

    T.J. finishes debut superstock season on a high

    T.J. finishes debut superstock season on a high

    Puriton’s T.J. Toms claimed an impressive podium finish during the finale of the Pirelli Superstock 600 series at Kent’s Brands Hatch GP circuit over the weekend, 12th to 14th October.  

    17-year old T.J. has shown impressive pace and race-craft throughout his debut Superstock season, achieving a string of top-ten finishes despite mechanical gremlins and accidents.
 
On a Brands Hatch track made more challenging by the last throes of Storm Callum, T.J. built up a competitive pace.

    He claimed P5 in Free Practice 2 then qualified P10 with a time of 1m31.725s, +1.887s from pole. He made the most of a semi-wet track in his race heat to cut through traffic and claim a podium place on the penultimate corner, finishing P3 with a best lap of 1m38.036s. T.J. takes 16 points from Brands and finishes the season with 54 points overall.

    “The podium was emotional,” said T.J. “It’s been a long time coming. We’ve not had the best of luck this year but we’ve always been there or thereabouts. I’m really happy that everything came together.
 
“The weather was tricky. Friday was weird – wet and dry at the same time and we couldn’t do much with it.

    Saturday was sunny with high winds. Sunday, it hammered down in the morning so we changed settings and put wets on, then it gradually dried out. In the race heat, it was damp with dry patches which chewed the tyres to pieces. I was sliding everywhere but everyone was in the same boat and it was a leveller.
 
“In the race, I was quietly confident that I could do it. I started out with a really good pace. I ran P4 for a while, caught up with P3 and P2, then I overtook and ran P3 a couple of laps before the end.

    While I was busy lining up a move on P2, P4 overtook me on the last lap. I held right back until the penultimate corner, then I selected a lower gear, tipped in, got on the throttle early and slingshotted him to take back P3. I had to push and be clever to get the podium.
 
“I’ve matured a lot this year. I’ve had to start thinking about what I’m doing. I’ve had some DNFs but only one was my fault. I’ve made good decisions to go for points and avoid silly risks. I’ve put thought and planning into my overtakes. It’s left me confident and with some good ideas for next year.

    “Thanks to my dad for his hard work and support. Huge thanks as ever to my supporters and sponsors, including R&G Crash Protection, 4SR Leathers, Kris Gibbons, Munchkins Catering, Keith Goldsmith, Johnson Metals, SMW Builders, Baytree Transport, Clearview Windows, Cool Milk, K&B Motors, Swindon Karting and Horgan Hills Electrical.”

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