HANNspree Ten Kate Racing’s Fabien Foret took his fifth podium finish in six races on Sunday in round eight of the World Supersport Championship at Silverstone in the UK. The race was won by series leader Chaz Davies, with Spain’s David Salom finishing just ahead of Foret in second. Foret’s teammate, Florian Marino, was ninth.
Foret started from the second row of the grid, but the French ace dropped some places at the start and had to fight his way to the front of the field. He led for two laps before a false neutral on Silverstone’s back straight saw him drop to third.
Marino, conversely, began the 16-lap race around the 5.902km circuit from the front row and led for the opening two laps. However, tire problems forced the 18-year-old from Cannes in France to drop back through the field in the closing laps.
Fabien Foret, third:
Well it wasn’t the result we wanted, but the weekend has been quite difficult, so I’ll take it. I feel a bit sorry for the team though, because I didn’t really do the best race here and had the wrong tire. I wasn’t 100% happy with the setting either, but I made some mistakes too, so it wasn’t great. We didn’t really find what we wanted on the bike and I’m sorry I couldn’t get a better result for the team.
Florian Marino, ninth:
I’m really disappointed with the result here. I got a good start and when Chaz passed me I could go with him. Even when I dropped to fourth, I was able to match his times but after nine or ten laps the rear tire just went and I had no grip. After this I had to fight the bike so much just to get to the end. After a good qualifying I was confident for a nice result, but there are some positive things from the weekend so I can be confident going to Nurburgring.
Ronald ten Kate, team manager:
It was quite a hectic race today that saw both our riders leading. That was good for Florian in particular, because he’s had some problems finding a setting for the machine, and he showed his true speed on the bike. We’ve had some problems trying to sort the bike for Fabien this weekend, but we never really got it perfect. We’re happy with yet another podium although a win just before the summer holidays would have been nice. We’re in a good connection with the leading group now and all we can do now is fight for race wins and try to make a big step towards the lead at Nurburgring.
2011 World Supersport championship, round eight – Silverstone, UK (5.403km) – 16 laps:
1. Chaz Davies (GBR) Yamaha 34m55.198s
2. David Salom (ESP) Kawasaki +1.085s
3. Fabien Foret (FRA) Hannspree Ten Kate Honda +2.449s
9. Florian Marino (FRA) Hannspree Ten Kate Honda +14.906s
Championship points after eight of 12 rounds:
1. Davies 146, 2. Salom 104, 3. Foret 101, 4. Broc Parkes (AUS) Kawasaki 95, 11. Marino 44