Brands Hatch finale for Johnson

Broughton rider Gary Johsnon (photo by Dave Yeomans)
Broughton rider Gary Johsnon (photo by Dave Yeomans)

Gary Johnson from Broughton near Brigg 
rounded off his season at Samsung Honda with an 11th place in the final round of the Metzeler National Superstock championship at Brands Hatch.

Johnson began his final race of the series from a fifth row grid position and got away to a good start, being ninth at the end of the first lap.

But the pace was hot and the competition fierce as riders all jostled for position and Johnson was pushed back to complete the race in 11th place.

With the five championship points added to his tally, Johnson has finished 12th in the overall rider standings on 59 points.

Johnson now turns his attention back to road racing and will team up with fellow Metzeler National Superstock 1000 regular Steve Heneghan for the 2012 Macau Grand Prix, in a squad which is backed by Quattro Plant.

Johnson is a Macau regular, while Irishman Heneghan is a novice and will hope to benefit from his teammate’s experience.

The pair will ride Honda and Kawasaki machinery respectively under the colours of Heneghan’s short-circuit sponsor Quattro.

“I’m really looking forward to this year’s Macau GP running under the Quattro Plant 
Motorsport banner,” said Johnson.

“I’m going to be the most prepared I’ve ever been using the few years’ experience I’ve gained so far.

“I’m hoping I can pass some of my knowledge on to Steve and help him in his newcomer year.

“Looking at the entry sheet, Michael Rutter has got to be the man to beat, but as always there’s a strong field attending, so I hope to improve on the fourth and fifth places I’ve finished up to now.”

Qualifying takes place during the week preceding race day, which is on Saturday November 18.