McGuinness claims points at Brands Hatch

John McGuinness.
John McGuinness.

JOHN McGuinness dug deep at Brands Hatch on Sunday to claim three more Championship points in the 2011 Metzeler National Superstock 1000cc Championship.

The Morecambe ace brought his Padgetts Honda home in 13th place around the 2.43-mile GP circuit to keep him in 11th place overall in the title table.

After having a hectic couple of weeks where he’d been away to Suzuka, Japan, for the eight-hour World Endurance Round and then attended both a dealer day and a track day,

John showed no signs of fatigue during qualifying around the GP circuit and a time of 1m29.847s saw him lie in 10th place after Saturday’s opening qualifying session.

He improved his time to 1m29.531s later in the afternoon and although this kept him in 10th, it did close the gap to polesetter Howie Mainwaring to just 0.658s.

Subsequently, hopes were high for the 15-lap race but a slightly sluggish start meant it was going to be a hard race for John and instead of being in the top 10 he found himself back in 14th place at the end of the first lap.

See The Visitor (10-08-11) for full story.