MWR Motorsports rider Carl Phillips was back in the points this weekend with a 14th place finish at Thruxton in the latest round of the Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship, having never even set foot at the track until Friday morning just before free practice. Carl again showed how close he is to the front by setting a time only 0.8 off race winner and championship leader Mason Law.
I was happy with Thruxton after only seeing the place on Friday morning on a push bike, it was straight into free practice and I just clicked with the track. To finish 14th and in the points was a bonus. The race was good fun with 7 of us battling for 11th place with lots of passing and slipstreaming. Big changes were made during the weekend and I learnt a lot. Big credit to my mechanic Panda, he never stopped all weekend. Thanks to the team and my personal sponsors. Schimel Distribution, Sandown Supplies, John Duggan and team sponsor Pawson Commercials.
It annoys me when people who are just not in the know and have no clue as to how tough the BSB support championships are start unfairly judging Carl on his performances in what is a learning year for him. It is not like other championships where there are 3 or 4 fast guys at the front and then lap times from 5th place down fall off the edge of a cliff and may as well be in another time zone. At BSB’s less than a second can cover the top 20 riders, so there are 20+ fast guys out there and Carl is doing more than I would have expected from him in his first full year.
You only need to look at his lap times to see he is within a second of the leader most weekends and the pace he is currently at would have seen him challenge for the championship even as recent as last year. Riders come from all over the world to compete in this the biggest and best domestic championship in the world and you only have to look at what sort of riders this produces and what they are now doing, it is super competitive. In all the races Carl has done up to now he has only been out of the points twice, some really good riders don’t even get anywhere near points in their first year, so please give him the support and encouragement he needs and deserves, He is doing a great job.