Gorleston’s Charlie King delights at team effort to beat his Snetterton hoodoo

Gorleston's Charlie King prepares for champagne duties on the Snetterton podium. Photo: Aaron Scott

Gorleston's Charlie King prepares for champagne duties on the Snetterton podium. Photo: Aaron Scott - Credit: Archant

Snetterton gave most of its home riders the usual tough time when the British Superbikes came to town at the weekend – but Gorleston's Charlie King was not one of them.

Gorleston's Charlie King in Triumph Triple Challenge action at Snetterton.

Gorleston's Charlie King in Triumph Triple Challenge action at Snetterton. - Credit: Archant

The 16-year-old underlined his huge potential with an excellent effort to make Sunday's Triumph Triple Challenge podium – and arguably it could have been even better, but for a little run wide when under pressure as he led the race.

But the result was still one to be proud of for a rider who is set to make a name for himself over the coming years.

'It was a brilliant race for me, we bounced back so strong from an off on Saturday and hopefully we can carry on like this for the rest of the season,' said King.

'It's our first year on a 600cc really and just the pace we're running at and keeping pace with the guys in front, who have got far more experience than us with their age and the years they've been on the bigger bikes – it's just great to come through.

'Snetterton has been a bit of a bogey track for me the last few years. It's been my home one but we've never had the best or results.

'But hopefully this is the start of something now.'

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It may not have been the luckiest venue – but your home race certainly has its benefits.

'The friends and family were here all weekend,' added King. 'We had an off on Saturday and everyone chipped in and helped put the bike back together, and Nutsmoto Motorcycles at Wymondham were a greater help to us.'

Sadly the rest of the Norfolk contingent had a tougher time of it – especially Team Tinklers.

Sprowston Supersport rider Jake Newstead is in decent spirits after breaking his collarbone in a race one accident on Saturday.

And his team-mate, Stoke Holy Cross' Richie Leech looked in supreme form – until a spill at Corum left him their second A&E visitor with three broken bones in his hand, and damaged shoulder and heel.

The 23-year-old was due to have surgery on his hand yesterday and is hopeful of a swift return to action.

'I just can't believe I crashed; I was feeling great all weekend,' said Leech – the latest local rider to succumb at his home track.

'I was having rear grip issues in the race but I was just trying to ride around them.

'I felt the rear slide a lot and managed to save it but as soon as I tried to slow down on the grass I crashed hard. I will just be looking to get back to full fitness now so I can be back on the bike as soon as possible.

'I would like to thank everyone for all there support.'

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