MOTORSPORT: After encouraging star, Knutsford ace hopes to challenge front-runners in Superstock 1000

Knutsford Guardian: Knutsford rider Adam Jenkinson battled a braking problem during the opening round of the Pirelli Superstock 1000 National Championship at Brands Hatch Knutsford rider Adam Jenkinson battled a braking problem during the opening round of the Pirelli Superstock 1000 National Championship at Brands Hatch

KNUTSFORD rider Adam Jenkinson hopes to shine at home circuit Oulton Park this weekend during the second round of the Pirelli Superstock 1000 National Championship.

He battled a braking problem en route to finishing fifth in the campaign opener at Brands Hatch his debut for Steve Brogan’s Team Direct CCTV.

“It felt like an achievement to be so high up the order considering the issues we had with the bike,” he said.

“I was just happy to come home with some points ahead of racing at Oulton.

“We learned a lot, and have made some adjustments to be ready for the next race. We’re fired up to do really well.”

Jenkinson, from Bucklow Hill, had qualified seventh fastest.

But his chances of standing on the podium by the race’s end were hit early on.

He added: “I got a good start and felt positive about finishing in the top three.

“Once the problem with the brakes developed, I couldn’t make any passes. The brake lever was coming back to the handle bar and I couldn’t do any more than I did.

“That’s frustrating because we were confident of a strong finish.”

Team boss Brogan has promised more to come following a test in the run-up to arriving at Little Budworth.

He said: “Adam would have been on the podium if he didn’t have the issue he did, so to salvage fifth from that was fantastic.”

The Superstock 1000 race shares a bill with three sprints in the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship this weekend.

A huge crowd is expected to watch a 31-strong field do battle, with two BSB races scheduled for Bank Holiday Monday.

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