Dismal weekend for Johnson

Gary Johnson - Oulton Park
Gary Johnson - Oulton Park

GARY Johnson from Broughton near Brigg came away from a dismal Oulton Park empty handed in round seven of the British Supersport championship.

As although he completed Saturday’s sprint race in 12th place he was given a 20 second penalty for an incident on the first lap, which demoted him to 19th, well outside the points.

Because of the deteriorating weather conditions Sunday’s feature race was postponed and will be run at one of the five remaining venues later in the season.

Johnson struggled with chatter problems on the East Coast Racing Honda and subsequently could only manage a low qualifying position of 23rd for the start of Saturday’s ten-lap sprint race.

But he made a great start and despite an incident involving Jesse Trayler was up to 17th on the first lap. He made steady progress through the field to complete the race in 12th position, which would have given him four championship points but he was called to race control after the race to view the footage of the first lap incident.

It was deemed Johnson was at fault causing Trayler to crash and he was given a 20 second penalty which took him out of a point scoring position.

Johnson said: “I did get a great start and tried to follow Ben Wilson as he made his way forward.

“I thought I was on the racing line when Jesse and I didn’t realise he’d come off until afterwards but it wasn’t done on purpose, just the first lap melee.”

The expected heavy rain arrived on Sunday morning and track conditions steadily deteriorated leaving officials no option, but to abandon the meeting prior to the Supersport race.

This will now be added to the race programme at one of the four remaining rounds when his fastest lap from the first race will place him on the third row of the grid.

The next round is at Brands Hatch over the weekend of August 5-7.

Pic credit Dave Yeomans