Cirencester student makes good impression in Motostar Championship
7:52am Wednesday 14th August 2013 in Sport
JORDAN WEAVING enjoyed another fine race to finish fifth in Round 7 of the Monster Energy British Motostar Championship at Oulton Park, writes Alannah Fellows.
The 16-year-old Cirencester Deer Park student made a terrific start and was involved in a titanic battle for the full 12 laps.
While his principal rivals enjoyed a speed advantage, Jordan demonstrated superb cornering skills to stay with the leading group around the tight and twisty 2.7-mile circuit in the heart of Cheshire.
During a two-week break from Jordan’s World and British Championship schedule, his dad Colin and brother Reece completely rebuilt the engine on his KTM 250cc Moto3 race bike.
A further change was to have the exhaust pipe coated with a ceramic compound similar to an enhancement used on Formula 1 cars with a view to retaining the heat in the engine and thus improving performance.
The need for a run-in period of 50km after an engine rebuild limited Jordan’s performance during practice and first qualifying which made his finish all the more impressive after coming from eighth on the grid.
He narrowly missed out on fourth and was just under 30 seconds behind the race winner Tarran Mackenzie.
Weaving now sits in sixth position in the Moto3 standings of the Motostar Championship, just over 100 points off the championship leader Joe Francis.
After a run of bad luck in his previous two meetings, it was a fantastic result.
A busy August Bank Holiday now awaits Jordan as he will be competing in the Red Bull Rookies World Series on Saturday, August 24 in the Czech Republic before jetting back to the UK for Round 8 of the British Championship at Cadwell Park on Monday, August 26.