Watermans Ambassador Rory Skinner raced on home turf last weekend, with Chris Walker Kawasaki-backed ZX-6R. Unfortunately, a number of technical issues denied Rory Skinner the opportunity to stand on the podium.
The 17-year-old British Talent Cup champion had been sitting in a comfortable third place in the supersport class at the time of his retirement, after a strong showing in his rookie season.
Saturday had seen Rory qualify third in class (fifth on the combined GP2/supersport grid) despite an intermittent electrical problem causing the bike to cut out and curtailing his session, before the evening’s 18-lap sprint race was postponed due to heavy rain.
With the problem re-emerging in Sunday morning’s warm-up session, Rory and his team voluntarily opted to start from pit lane for safety reasons as there had been no opportunity to fully test the repairs carried out. With no problems in the wet race, Skinner carved through the pack to equal his best finish of the season, fifth, and secure fourth place on feature race grid thanks to his best lap time. Agonisingly, the machine was unable to reach the flag in the main race, leaving Rory with just 11 championship points to show on a weekend where two podium finishes were a distinct possibility.