FOR the 2014 season Hindley’s John Ingram joined the Morello Racing team, starting the first two rounds on their Kawasaki ZX10 Superstock bike.
After doing the Isle of Man TT in June he was promoted to riding the team’s ZX10 Superbike in the BSB Championship alongside the likes of Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne, Josh Brookes, and James Ellison.
In his first season in the main championship the first two rounds at Snetterton and Knockhill didn’t quite go to plan due to one or two mechanical gremlins. Then it was on to Brands Hatch, on July 18-20, one of Ingram’s favourite circuits, in his first season in the BSB Superbike class.
He now began to show what he was capable of, after some work had been done on the engine, by being 19th in the first practice session.
Qualifying on the Saturday afternoon was held in dry and warm conditions, and in three separate sessions. With all riders going out in the first 20 minute session, Ingram set a lap time of 1.28.070 to put him in 15th place, with automatic progression of the top 20 through to the second session of 12 minutes duration. He was just a little slower in this session with lap at 1.28.620, for 20th place.
With a rider missing off the grid Ingram was promoted to 19th, heading up the seventh row (three to a row).
In the first 20 lap race he missed a gear at the start, dropping him to 24th place, but he soon started working his way through the pack to 19th place, and was then embroiled in a battle with Ian Hutchinson (Yamaha).
They were so close that he was only 0.030 seconds behind at the finish line.
Ingram said: “It’s a shame I missed a gear at the start and dropped back, but I made up five places in the race. If I had done that from 19th I would have finished 14th and in the points. I had a good battle with Ian and I’m really enjoying riding the ZX10 Superbike.”
The second race was stopped twice, first because a crash left a bike and debris on the track, and second for rain.
The riders changed to wet weather tyres and the third rerun was scheduled for 15 laps.
Ingram was starting from 19th again, and this time he made a good start, straight away making his way through the field and up to 13th place behind Peter Hickman (Honda). He passed Hickman three times but managed to pull away from to finish in 12th, 1.2 seconds in front of him.
Ingram said: “I really enjoyed that second race as I always seem to go well in the wet.
“It’s nice to get some points on the board in the championship, and those hard-earned four points have put me in 26th in the championship.
“I’d like to thank Steve Buckenham of Morello Racing for giving me the chance to ride the Superbike, and the team for their hard work.”
Ingram also thanks his sponsors and supporters.