Following the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship qualifying sessions, attentions quickly turned towards Quattro Group British Supersport & British GP2 qualifying which featured many a pure road racing favourite.
Lightweight Manx GP lap record holder Jim Hind BSS (British Supersport) qualifying debut concluded with a solid top 20 placing.
Supported by loyal long term backers BTS/NLC Components, YZF R6 Yamaha mounted Hind lap time of 1 minute 40.800 seconds was enough for him to finish 19th fastest in front of esteemed racers such as fellow next gen roads exponents, Dominic Herbertson (26th quickest – 1.43.987) and Joe Loughlin (29th quickest – 1.44.958).
Ahead of Hind, Herbertson, Loughlin, multi North West 200, Ulster Grand Prix Champion Lee Johnston (1.39.446) was mixing it pace wise with the likes of Bradley Perie, Jack Kennedy, Ben Currie on route to finishing sixth fastest.
Not to be discounted from claiming a podium finish or better this afternoon, it’s going to be intriguing to see how he matches with the formidable opposition in today’s 12 lap sprint Supersport/GP2 race.
Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou