From GCSE exam room to Donington Park
He turned 16 less than a fortnight ago and was sat in an exam hall taking a Business GCSE on the morning of the opening day of #DoningtonBSB but that didn’t stop Indy Offer from securing his first British Junior Supersport race finish of the season at Donington Park earlier today.
Missing Thursday’s track familiarisation meant it was straight into Free Practice for the teenager, who posted some more than respectable times aboard his #18 Kawasaki. Changes for qualifying didn’t work meaning a grid position outside of the top thirty for the opening race of the weekend.
With rain falling just minutes before the start Indy kept his cool and put in a performance many more experienced rivals would be proud of. Up to twenty third on lap five, Indy was posting lap times much quicker than those ahead of him, eventually finishing just outside of the top twenty in the twelve-lap encounter.
Dry conditions for Race Two saw a confident Indy make a reasonable start only to be forced out of contention early on courtesy of a machine failure. Understandably frustrated Indy and the team appear to have uncovered something on further inspection post-race that may have played a part in why the qualifying change didn’t work and are looking forward to showing their point scoring potential at Knockhill in Scotland next time out.
“It wasn’t easy turning up and going straight on track on Friday after my exam, but I think we did a good job and my lap times were comparable with what a lot of my rivals were doing at a private test at the same track a few weeks earlier. I felt good for qualifying but we changed the gearing and I just couldn’t do the times, but I didn’t know why. Race One was ok, I felt good and was able to fight through from near the back but it’s not where we should be and after the issue in the second race, I think we know why. We have time before Knockhill to completely rebuild the bike and that’s what we will do. Thank you to everyone that is helping me, we will come back stronger!”