BRIGHT START TO BURMAN'S NGRRC SEASON25/03/2009
By Martin Knighton
Following on from last weekend’s opening race action of the season, Sam Burman was competing at Brands Hatch (Indy) over the recent weekend in both the NGRRC Refined Recruitment 125GP Championship, and the 250GP ACU National Championship, aboard the Penrith Motorcycles Yamaha TZ 250.
Saturday began with qualifying for the 250GP ACU National Championship, during which, Sam, riding the bike competitively for the very first time qualified in 21st position, completing an impressive 27 laps.
Building her confidence all the time she posted her best lap time on the last lap in fine style, a fraction under four seconds from pole position of the 30 strong National Championship field.
Next up would be the qualifying race for the Refined Recruitment 125GP Championship. The grid positions decided by the organisers had placed Burman on the front row, a position which she admits she didn’t make the most of as the race got underway.
However, within two laps she had fought her way back into contention, picking off the opposition one by one until getting a little tangled with back markers later in the race. She achieved 9th place overall at the flag, and in doing so, posted the 3rd fastest lap of the race.
Having enjoyed the qualifying for the 250GP race, Sam took up her position on the grid for the first of two races over the weekend. The race was short-lived due to an accident on the first lap, so the re-start would be over 12 laps.
Sam made a less than perfect getaway and found herself towards the back of the field, but soon got into her stride managing to overtake several riders to claim a respectable 17th position in her debut race on the bike.
Burman was in good spirits after her 250GP outing, as she lined up on the grid for Saturday’s 125GP Championship race.
Starting from 9th position after her result in the qualifying race, she once again, made a few passes on her way to a creditable fifth place, battling with Tom Stanford and Rowan Miller along the way. Riding strongly she would run out of laps to catch the group ahead, but was satisfied with her performance.
Sunday’s qualifying race for round two of the Refined Recruitment 125GP Championship was cut short due to an incident at Druids hairpin, the re-start taking place over 5 laps. Burman made one of her better starts this time, and enjoyed a good battle with Dan Moreton, losing out narrowly by 5/1000ths of a second, to finish in 4th place.
Jumping back on the Penrith Motorcycles Yamaha TZ 250 for round two of the 250GP ACU National Championship, Burman would this time, be on fresh rubber, which proved to be a wise choice. Making a much better start she made up a few places on the very first lap, and progressively made her way up to 15th place, a position she was comfortable with until the latter stages when the leaders came through, which in the process shuffled her back to 18th place, which she held until the chequered flag.
Burman’s final race of the weekend was back on her trusty Bartonfield Ltd, Honda RS125. Starting the 10 lap race from the outside of the front row in 4th position, she made a good start, despite being on the dirty side of the track.The race progressed very well, Burman becoming embroiled in a duel with Ian Stanford, dicing until the final lap where she made a move finally stick to bring home a 6th place finish.
"Well I really did enjoy this weekend’s racing, we were battling in all outings which for me, is what racing is all about. I loved riding the 250cc, my thanks to Barry and Penrith Motorcycles for the chance to ride it, and if I'm honest I was chuffed with what we achieved on it in our first meeting on the bike, roll on Cadwell," said Sam.
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