Jamie Perrin took his first podium for Spirit Moto Corsa in Saturday’s Sprint Race at Knockhill, finishing in second place after leading the first half of the race.
The Kettering man put up a good fight against championship leader Charlie Nesbitt, but eventually fell short of victory by a couple of seconds.
Mason Law didn’t have the best of days and had to settle for a fifth place in the race. He will be back stronger in the Feature Race.
It was a very busy day for the whole team, packing in two practice sessions, qualifying and the Sprint Race. A schedule that is usually spread across two full days.
The opening practice was not a good one for Jamie, who stopped out on track after completing just one flying lap. This lost him valuable running, but thankfully the issue was small and easily fixed ahead of second practice.
Mason had a strong opening practice, trading fastest times with Charlie Nesbitt through the session, eventually ending up second place with a 50.472s, just 0.012s off the pace.
Despite having no running in the opening session, Jamie was straight on the pace at the start of Free Practice Two, proving himself to be a real contender for the weekend. He ended the session third fastest on a 50.294s.
Running on used tyres, Mason was unable to improve on his lap from first practice and was fifth fastest in the session.
Jamie got off to a flying start in the session, putting in a 50.032s in the first few minutes. Mason also made a solid start with a lap just two tenths off.
Unfortunately, with the track being such a short one, traffic was the main story for the riders for much of the session.
It wasn’t until the latter stages of the session when both riders were able to chip away at their personal bests.
Jamie was able to break the 50 second barrier setting a 49.999s lap. He continued to push as he tried to beat Nesbitt’s provisional pole time, but fell at Turn 7 in his efforts.
The damage was relatively minor, but the team still had a tricky turnaround for the race due to the compressed schedule. In the end, the crew did a brilliant job and had the bike ready with a few minutes still to spare.
Mason ended the session directly behind Jamie in third fastest courtesy of a 50.137s lap.
Jamie made yet another great start, jumping up three places overall and taking the GP2 lead away from Nesbitt.
Unfortunately, on the other hand, Mason had a poor start and dropped to fifth in class. He would hold this position to the end, with overheating issues holding him back.
Jamie held the lead until the halfway point of the 20 lap race when he was passed at the final hairpin.
Jamie was able to regain the lead a few laps later when Nesbitt then ran wide at the same corner, but he was eventually repassed and had to settle for second place.
The target for the Feature Race is clear for Jamie. He wants to go one further and pick up his first win with the team.
The race can be viewed live on Quest at 15:45.