After a hard weekend Tom Toparis ended ninth and tenth during the British Supersport races at Brands Hatch. The Benro Racing rider was making steps forward during the final round of the season on this exciting and new track for the Aussie.
It was a very cold final round of the BSB championship on the Brands Hatch rollercoaster. Tom Toparis had a decent first day. Brands Hatch was a new circuit for the Him this weekend, and he improved his lap time by two seconds in FP2 and he ended 14th on the timing sheets. Toparis had a difficult qualifying on a drying track during Saturday morning. Unfortunately he couldn’t get the most out of the bike and the Benro Racing rider ended in P20 (P13 Supersport) on the grid. It was again a learning day for the Aussie, because it’s hard to make big steps during the limited sessions on race weekends, also in combination with the cold and wet conditions. During the sprint race, Toparis improved his pace as the race went on. The 20-year old rider was able to finish ninth in race one. He had also some good fights during the second race on Sunday, where was also ended with a top-ten position.
Tom Toparis: It was such a cool experience to be at a very famous track like Brands Hatch. It’s a wild layout with plenty of blind/undulating corners. Considering it was a another hard weekend, I think we ended today on a positive note. For a circuit like Brands Hatch, experience is everything. In race two I did my fastest lap of the weekend on my second last lap of the the race, after dropping almost another second from my race 1 lap time. So this just goes to show that laps around these types of tracks are what is needed to improve. Of course you want to be racing at the front, but under the circumstances and everything we’ve been through in the past 10 weeks, after missing all pre-season testing due to the virus, showing up to round 1 on a completely new bike and track, and also breaking my wrist and missing the majority of the season. I’m glad we got the call up from Jimmy and that I was able to come and get a taste of the British championship. I cannot thank my Benro Racing team enough for everything they have done for me on and off track this year. Sraar, Michelle, Jimmy, Willem, Karl, Jeroen and everyone involved have been absolutely awesome. I love racing here and especially with this great bunch of people.”
Sraar van Rens (team manager) “That was season 2020... The start of the season was delayed due to Covid-19 and it unfortunately ended our World Supersport step-up before the first race. I am very happy that we found a new challenge in the BSB. The first race on this very competitive level was great and we were just unlucky to miss half the season due to an injury. The last round at the highly characteristic track Brands Hatch was challenging, but we ended it with decent lap times on a new track for us. I am happy about the way we finished this strange and short season and I am looking forward what next year will bring!”
After a difficult weekend in mixed conditions, Tom Toparis ended with a tenth place in the second British Supersport race at Donington Park. The Aussie crashed in the first lap of the wet first race. After his first ride back since his wrist injury, the Benro Racing rider was looking to find his rhythm and confidence again, and the weather didn’t make it any easier.
Benro Racing returned to the British Supersport Championship during the fifth round of the season at Donington Park. Tom Toparis was recovered from his broken wrist after a crash in the first round of the season. Even though Toparis hadn’t been on the bike for a long time, the pace wasn’t bad in the first free practice session. The Aussie set the eleventh quickest time in FP1. In the second session Toparis stayed in the box, as it rained last minute before the session and the team decided to sit it out.
The timetable for Saturday and Sunday had changed because of the bad weather forecast, so qualifying was cancelled. The starting grid was based on the lap times in the free practice sessions. Toparis was to start from the fifth row. It was a completely soaked circuit, and unfortunately the race ended very early for the Benro Racing rider. On the slippery track Toparis crashed in the first lap. So the Aussie was very motivated to end the weekend with a good result in the second race.
This forced Toparis to start from the sixth row on a dry track. The Benro Racing rider had a good start and managed to gain eight places on the first lap. Toparis ended up in a group of riders who were fighting for eighth place. During the race it became clear that the 20-year old rider lacked some rhythm. Toparis finished the race as fifteenth overall and tenth in the British Supersport class.
In two weeks (16-18 October) is the final round of the BSB championship. This event will be held at Brands Hatch.
Tom Toparis: I was honestly just happy to see the end of this weekend. It was definitely one of the most difficult weekends I’ve ever had. It’s good to be back on the bike after the long break with my broken wrist. The weather wasn’t at all good during the weekend. It was freezing cold with a lot of wet sessions. I want apologise to my team for the crash in Race 1. Unfortunately I’m just struggling a lot with feeling at this point in time, after not riding at all lately, and still trying to push towards the front, I keep finding myself on the ground which is the worst possible scenario. Although to be fair, in these terrible race 1 weather conditions, more people crashed than finished it seemed. It was good to see the finish flag in Race 2, although it was a difficult race. My wrist is still causing me a bit of grief, so we’ll try to sort it for the next round at Brands Hatch. As always, thanks to my team for doing everything possible to get me going good again, hopefully we can end the season on a positive note in a position towards the front where the team and the bike belongs.”