REDDITCH rider Trystan Finocchiaro enjoyed a hugely profitable weekend at Silverstone as he made his debut in the British Superbike paddock in the Junior BSB competition.
On board his KTM RC390R, Finocchiaro was roared on by a large support from Redditch who provided constant backing and showed how much they support him and appreciate his efforts.
The Transmec KTM junior team rider made a great start to his 2019 campaign by securing two second-placed finishes out of two races in the first round of the British Junior Supersport Championship.
Finocchiaro never ventured outside of the top three, right from the first free practice. Saturday’s qualifying session brought 20 thrilling minutes of racing as he battled it out to secure a front row start.
With two minutes of the session left, Finocchiaro topped the time sheets for provisional pole and was just pipped by championship rival Adon Davie in the closing stages of the session.
Starting from second on the grid, Finocchiaro made a tremendous start and led the race into turn one of the first race of the weekend. The Anglo-Italian swapped positions a couple of times with the pole-sitter and was planning to stay behind and attack on the last lap.
Unfortunately lapped traffic with only a few laps to go created a 1.7secs gap to the race leader and, with insufficient time for Finocchiaro to close it down, he finished second.
The grid of 40 lined up again on Sunday afternoon, with the fastest laps of race one placing Finocchiaro third on the grid and another flying first lap put the 20-year-old ahead by the end of the first lap.
The first half of the race brought a superb eight-rider battle for the lead, with Finocchiaro and race one winner Davie exchanging positions one and two throughout.
Further into the race, race one’s third-placed man Kade Verwey joined the battle, forming a leading group of three riders swapping and changing positions.
Davie led into the final lap – heading Finocchiaro and Verwey – before the latter two got tangled up heading on to the back straight, letting the leader pull away.
Having dropped to third, Finocchiaro quickly recovered with a last lap lunge into the final overtaking spot of the course and secured another second place.
The second round is at Donington Park on May 25/26.