Kingston Upon Hull’s Callum Ward enjoyed a productive return to closed roads action, at the three day Barry Sheene Classic, showcasing his proven Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough craft.
Overall 7th quickest from Friday’s Supersport qualifying sessions, Saturday’s opening Supersport (A) races saw Ward take respectable 13th, 11th place finishes.
Sunday’s competitive action began with the third feature Supersport encounter, which yielded the East Yorkshireman an excellent fourth place finish, finishing just under four seconds behind third place finisher Tom Weeden.
The fourth and final Supersport A class race, would see Ward closely match the pace of Dafabet Devitt Racing’s Rob Hodson, leading Oliver’s Mount newcomer James Hind on route to a ninth place finish.
Reflecting via Facebook about his 4th Supersport race stint, Ward who finished 14th quickest competitor from the weekend’s competition (best lap time 1 minute 54.771 seconds), stated the following:
“Made a good start again passing people on the brakes into first turn making good few positions up coming out first corner in 10th.
Battling up the hill with another rider bashing elbows, fighting who would give in going into next corner but unfortunately he just got the edge on me so I had to back off letting him in front.
Ended up in the middle of a train of 5 riders which stayed together for the full race, about 3 laps in managed to out brake the rider in front Into Mountside Hairpin getting up to 9th place.
Two riders in front was holding us up slightly in a couple of the corners and was swapping places with each other but I just wasn’t close enough at the right time to get a pass in on them, on the last lap I had to ride defensive to keep the riders behind me from coming past.
Ended up finishing the race in 9th place. Overall good weekend roll on the Gold cup in 4 weeks time.”
Words by Stevie Rial