After winning every race of his maiden season in the EMRA Pre-Injection Series last year, Steve Moody and the Dilligaf Racing team have moved on to another challenge, this time in the form of the Marine Fabrications Supersport Championship.
After spending a sunny week testing in Cartagena, conditions at Mallory Park were close to being Arctic as riders arrived for the first round of their season.
After a wild and windy night, the team awoke to a damp track at Mallory. With Steve heading out on the Triumph Daytona 675R, running with a new engine for 2015, the team decided to run the risk of using ‘dry’ tyres, in the form of the treaded ContiRaceAttack Comp, hoping the track would be dry for his session later in the day.
Despite a few damp patches at the hairpin, the risk paid off as Steve put in a 57:158s lap time to take 2nd on the grid, the tyre said to be “performing faultlessly once again in what many wound describe as tricky track conditions.”
The warm up lap for the first race saw the red flags come out after an incident between two riders on the hairpin. Finally ready to race, Steve shot off the grid, his front wheel lifting off the ground, to get a fantastic start. Unfortunately the Triumph’s clutch was slipping and the bike wasn’t running at full capacity, but despite the problems Steve brought it home in 3rd, with a fastest lap of 56.993s.
Mechanics then worked tirelessly to adjust the clutch before the start of the second race, with the team crossing their fingers that it would hold out for the full ten lap duration of race two. From the off Steve was in the thick of the battle for 2nd place, disappearing at the hairpin, and re-appearing neck and neck at the Devil’s Elbow. Steve was able top hold on yto second place as the chequered flag fell, giving him another podium, and 24 points from the first weekend of racing, leaving him in second place in the championship standings. He also set his fastest ever lap at Mallory with a superb 56:125 on his way to the podium.
Congratulations to Steve and team, who this year will also be racing at Oliver’s Mount, Aberdare and the Manx GP! All photo credits to Glyn’s Photos.
Find out more about the ContiRaceAttack Comp here.