Gary Johnson from Broughton near Brigg rode to a brace of points finishes at Brands Hatch in the opening two races of the 2011 British Supersport championship.
This year sees the race format changed and just one qualifying session ahead of a short race, which as well as attracting championship points also sets the grid for the following day’s feature race.
Riding for East Coast Racing, Johnson began race one from 17th on the grid and moved straight up to tenth position, which he held for the majority of the 18 laps, he moved up to ninth in the closing stages, but was pushed back by Mat Whitman on the final lap.
“After a mistake in qualifying I realised I had a lot of work to do from 17th,” said Gary.
“I knew I had to get away to a good start and luckily I did. It was very bunched up into the first two corners but I just had to hope for the best and stick to my line. Thankfully it worked and I was tenth after the first lap”
With his grid position improved to 15th after the first race, he got away to a good start in the 26-lap feature race on Monday and moved straight into ninth position.
But he once again became embroiled in a battle for position and although he put up a good fight he eventually crossed the finish line in 11th place.
“I’m really happy with how the weekend has gone for me as I wasn’t quite sure what to expect,” he said.
“It’s been nearly six years since I’ve raced in the Supersport class so it’s been a big change for me, but I’m really enjoying it.
“Those boys out there are very quick so I’m glad I’ve been able to start the season with two solid results.
“We’ve made huge steps forward with the bike and my riding style since arriving on Friday.
“I nearly had a big moment into Druids early on in the race which lost me time, but once I settled down I had a good battle with the riders around me.”