McGuinness makes podium

John McGuinness''Picture by Glynne Lewis
John McGuinness''Picture by Glynne Lewis

JOHN McGuinness made a triumphant return to the Metzeler National Superstock 1000cc Championship on Sunday with a brilliant third place at Oulton Park.

Competing in the series for the first time since Knockhill a month ago, the Padgetts Honda rider called on all his experience in torrential rain to move through the pack and claim a superb podium position in the shortened race, his first since September 2009.

With perfect conditions on Friday, John placed 10th in the free practice session and then improved his time by almost 1.5s in opening qualifying, a time of 1m40.271s placing him in provisional eighth place on the grid.

With heavy overnight and morning rain, Saturday’s final qualifying session took place on a damp, but drying, track and although only a handful of riders did improve their times, one was John’s team-mate Adam Jenkinson and it was enough to push him down to ninth place and the third row of the grid.

Race day on Sunday saw even heavier rain and conditions really were treacherous as the 40-strong grid left the line but a good opening lap saw John up to seventh place as the field started their second lap.

See The Visitor (20-07-11) for full story.