CF Motorsport had a strong weekend at Knockhill as Jake Dixon was once again victorious in the British Supersport Cup feature race.
However, crashes for Dixon in the Supersport sprint race and Cal Cooper in the Superstock 600 race left the Alfreton-based team wondering what might have been.
In Supersport, Jake Dixon showed impressive pace on the way to claiming his best qualifying of the season, securing eighth overall and fastest of the Cup entrants. His sprint race was all over by turn three, however, after a spectacular high-side left him in the gravel.
Dixon recovered well though; claiming a seventh Cup victory, from eight races, in Sunday’s feature race. He battled from 16th on the grid to take a strong 12th place overall finish, dominating the Cup race. He now leads the Cup standings by 18 points.
In the Superstock 600 class, Cal Cooper was making his debut on the CF Motorsport Yamaha R6, having impressed team boss Craig Fitzpatrick at the earlier rounds.
Cooper was also impressive during the timed sessions on Friday, posting the second fastest time in his group and the sixth fastest overall. Rain on Saturday meant there were no improvers during the second qualifying session, giving Cooper a fourth place grid slot.
As with Dixon on Saturday, Cooper was unfortunately unable to complete the first lap of Sunday’s race after being collected by Joe Collier at the Hairpin. Cooper could do nothing, as he was hit from behind under braking and both he and Collier went straight on, into the gravel trap and out of the race. Thankfully, Cooper was unhurt during the accident.
Team manager Craig Fitzpatrick said: “It has been a positive weekend in general. Both the boys have shown some excellent pace all weekend. I was gutted for both of them with their respective crashes, as they were both in with a shout of claiming their first podium of the year.
“Fortunately, Jake had another chance on Sunday and I was impressed with how he responded. Again, his lap times were good and I think it was a mature ride.
“Cal has come into the team part way through the season, which isn’t always the easiest thing to do, but he has fitted right in. He is a great lad to work with. He has got on really well with the bike and I feel confident that we can continue to push forward from here.”
Jake Dixon: “It has been another positive weekend for us. The CF Motorsport team have been fantastic again and the bike was working great.”
“The crash was obviously disappointing. I had a good start and then on the exit of Scotsman the back end just came round on me. I bruised my hand quite badly but other than that I was okay.
“I was happy to get the Cup win on Sunday and the pace was good again. It was always going to be a tough race starting from the sixth row. I was struggling with the pain in my hand from around mid race so I just made sure to bring it home.
“Our pace has been getting better each round and I feel as though we have what it takes to run with the front guys. I am looking forward to getting to Snetterton for the next round and hopefully we can be challenging at the front.”