Daley Mathison Donington Round One Review

Daley and his team had another successful weekend as they travelled to the East Midlands for Donington Round One. 

The weather was glorious for practice day at the infamously competitive Superstock 1000 and Daley finished the day lapping well within qualifying time, and confident he could shave off another second or two in qualifying.

Located in the garden of East Midlands Airport, Donington is a notoriously greasy track, with aeroplanes often dumping fuel on the course when coming in to land. And on day two the heavens opened, making for treacherous racing conditions. Daley took to the circuit confidently and quickly passed many of the front riders, but slipped and came off his bike only two corners from completing his flying lap, unfortunately losing his place on the grid.

Daley was, of course, very disappointed but, undeterred, he and the team made the last-minute decision to jump in the van and head half-an-hour down the road to Ashbourne's Darley Moor for round one of the Clubmans’ Championship, a favourite of Daley’s. And on a beautifully sunny Sunday morning Daley rode well, taking an early lead and building a big gap in all four races, and qualified fifth in a heavy-traffic session.

With his lap times tumbling as he continues to gel with the new BMWs, Daley is thoroughly enjoying his riding and continues to learn and improve. Despite the fall on Saturday the weekend was, overall, a success and the team now has their sights firmly set on round two at Brands Hatch.