Johnson takes the high road and finds it tough going

Gary Johnson - credit Dave Yeomans
Gary Johnson - credit Dave Yeomans

GARY Johnson from Broughton returned to short circuit racing on Sunday when he made the annual visit north of the border to Knockhill in Scotland.

And he scored a strong eighth place in the Metzeler Superstock 1000 championship for the Louth based Samsung Honda team.

Qualifying didn’t go quite to plan and Gary found himself down in 18th place for the start of his race.

The grid format has been changed this year with only three riders to a row instead of the usual four and Gary began his campaign from the sixth row of the grid.

As the race got underway Johnson got a good start and completed the first lap in 13th position. He then proceeded to make steady progress until he found himself up into seventh place on lap 17 of 24.

He dropped back a place to eighth when Howie Mainwaring made a move on him on lap 20 and although he remained in contention with Mainwaring he was unable to pass him and crossed the finish line in eighth place to pick up eight championship points, giving him a total of 28 and placing him 13th in the rider standings.

He said: “I am finding it pretty difficult coming from the TT to this little circuit.”

“To go from flat out in 50 seconds over the length of the TT to coming here where the track length is only 50 seconds or so in length is very different. It takes a bit of adjusting to.”

The next round is at Oulton Park on July 8 when Gary will be aiming for a top finish to add to his points tally.