MOTORCYCLING: Keith Jaggard at Oulton Park

Rugby's Keith Jaggard racing at Oulton Park  PICTURES BY COLIN HILL
Rugby's Keith Jaggard racing at Oulton Park PICTURES BY COLIN HILL

Rugby rider sets new personal best lap time

After the disappointment of the previous round at Cadwell Park, Rugby Racer Keith Jaggard and his fellow Ducati Tri-Options Cup championship contenders headed to Cheshire’s picturesque Oulton Park for races 11 and 12 of the season, writes Colin Hill.

FRIDAY FREE PRACTICE: Heading out onto a dry track for the first session of the weekend Keith hoped to put the previous race weekend firmly behind him and soon settled into a nice rhythm to reacquaint himself with the undulating fast 2.6 mile circuit and by the end of the session he had secured himself the 23rd fastest time ahead of the afternoon’s Qualifying session.

QUALIFYING: A wet track greeted the riders as the went out for their only Qualifying period so there would be no heroics on Keith’s part and as the flag fell to signal the end of his day’s work he had put himself in 24th for the first race of the weekend on Saturday afternoon.

SATURDAY RACE 1: In stark contrast to the wet conditions the met the riders the previous day, on Saturday they rolled out to bright dry circuit, which would be good for racing. Taking to his start position Keith was eager to get off to a good start and, as the lights went out he did just that, but he knew he would be in for a race long fight with the riders around him. As the race hotted up so did the pace and by the end of the 10-lap race Keith had not only moved up to 20th position but had also lowered his personal best time around the circuit by almost 4.5 seconds.

SUNDAY RACE 2: After the fast pace he had maintained in Saturday’s race Keith hoped for more of the same and with the weather even better this wasn’t an impossibility. Starting one place higher due to his previous race pace. Lights out and once again he went off at pace and again the battle went all the way to the chequered flag, but this time he was unable to better his finish position, but he was ‘over the moon’ with the pace and feeling in comparison to the last round at Cadwell Park.

Next stop for the Championship is away over the Water at Hollands Assen circuit, better known as The Cathederal of Speed where Keith will not only compete in the British Ducati Tri-Options Cup, but, has also secured an entry to the Dutch Open Superbike Championship Race, so he will be in for a very busy weekend.