RR rider Glenn Allerton and the Procon Race Team continued their incredible form at round two of the Australian Superbike Championship at Symmons Plain in Tasmania on 5-6 March. Glenn took the most points of the weekend, with a third place in race one and a dominant victory in race two, extending his points lead in the Viking Group Australian Superbike Championship.
The Procon Maxima BMW rider was hindered by a brake problem in race one, but the 2008 Australian Superbike Champion bounced back in style 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 pole and controlled the race until mid-distance when Allerton pounced, the power of the RR only too apparent on the back straight sweeper – the fastest corner in Australian motorsport at over 270km/h.
The result also marks Allerton’s third round win in a row. He won at this circuit in November last year before switching manufacturers and going on to dominate the Phillip Island season opener that supported the World Superbike Championship race weekend.
Speaking after the race, the Sydney rider said he was determined to make amends for race 1, 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 1 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 on 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.