Sam Nunn was the lone Rob Hooper Racing Yamaha racer at Sunday’s Revo ACU British Championship round at Blaxhall.
With Blaxhall being Nunn’s local circuit and one of his favourites and having rested, his injuries optimism was high under the awning that a good result could be on the cards after a few disappointing weekends.
Things boded well after a ninth position in qualifying for Nunn gave him a good gate pick for moto one. A mid-pack start in the opening race gave Sam a fighting chance, and in the latter stages of the moto, he was gaining ground and moving through the field.
A red flag incident halted his rise just as he was about to attack seventh, in the end having to settle for eighth, which is Sam’s best-ever British Championship race result.
A slow start to race two once again meant he would need to mix up his lines to move through the pack, and by lap three, he was up into eleventh and chasing down those ahead but a fall on lap 4 diminished his attack, and he would see out the moto in fourteenth for fourteenth overall.
Team Boss Rob Hooper said of the day, “Sam was really excited to be riding at his local track, and he showed his potential and speed in race one. It was unlucky that it was red-flagged when it was, as he could have moved up a few more places. He wasn’t helped by a poor start in the second race, but until his fall, he was working hard and making passes. At the end of the day, he was only 3 points from sixth place overall.
“We seem so close to a big result but in some ways so far away. We will keep working hard and trying though, so let’s see what the next two rounds of the MX Nationals bring.”
Sam Nunn said, “It was a good day at Blaxhall yesterday. I qualified in 9th, then in race 1, I didn’t have the best start, but pushed through to 8th, which is my best race finish so far. Race 2 was another bad start, but I made it up to 10th before having a small crash in a corner, finishing 14th in the end. Not what I wanted but lots of positives to take away.”
The team are hopeful that Lewis Hall will be back and joining Nunn behind the gate at this weekends Mx Nationals fourth round at Landrake in Cornwall.
Pictures by Warren Kee