BMW S1000RR rider Glenn Allerton and the Procon Race Team continued their winning ways at round two of the Australian Superbike Championship at Symmons Plain in Tasmania on March 5-6. After winning both races at the opening round, Allerton placed third in the first race and won the second race of the second round. He took the most points of any rider last weekend and extended his championship points lead.
Allerton was hindered by a brake problem in race one, but the 2008 Australian Superbike Champion bounced back in the second 20-lap Superbike race, winning by a 1.444-second margin over Team Honda Racing’s Wayne Maxwell. Maxwell had taken the lead from the pole position and controlled the race until midway when Allerton moved ahead. He was able to use the RR’s power on the back straight sweeper — the fastest corner in Australian motorsport at over 170 mph (270km/h).
Speaking after the race, the Sydney rider said he was determined to make amends for race one, where he felt a win went begging, “I felt really comfortable on the bike today,” said Allerton. “The problem with the front brake in race one cost me a chance to attack and I knew I had to make it up in race two. We pulled together as a team and got it done, so thanks to everyone involved for a huge effort. We’ll look to Darwin now and try a few more things to develop the bike further. There’s more progress to be made and I can’t wait to get to Hidden Valley and try to work on building my championship lead further.”
Procon Racing Team owner Wayne Hepburn was very pleased with the team’s efforts over the weekend. “Glenn rode a brilliant race, especially considering the issues he had in race one with the front brake. To make adjustments on the fly and come back through the field was amazing; the crowd were on the edge of their seats and one more lap and I am sure he would have taken the win.”
This was a sentiment echoed by BMW Motorrad Marketing Manager, Miles Davis. “We are thrilled with Glenn’s results of late. He is a true champion and he has a great team around him. To be leading the championship with very little time to prepare the bike is almost unbelievable; it also shows how good the RR is straight out of the box. Glenn and Procon Racing have definitely proven that they are genuine championship contenders.”
Allerton now leads the championship with 93 points, 23 ahead of Team Suzuki’s Troy Herfoss who finished fifth overall. The next round of the Viking Group Australian Superbike Championship will be held at Darwin’s Hidden Valley Raceway from April 14-17.