Red Piranha Racing spent the weekend trying to second-guess the notorious Knockhill weather with little success as Simon Andrews qualified and finished 15th in the only race of the day that remained dry throughout.

They were however able to take some comfort from the fact that many other teams struggled and as a result it has had little impact on the championship with Andrews now fourth in the standings.

The Knockhill round got off to a bad start before it really began with Andrews crashing in the first practice session at Duffus on the Friday.

"The front end just went away from me, I nearly caught it but ran wide and tipped the bike over on the grass. There was a bit of cosmetic damage to the bike but nothing too serious and I was able to ride it back to the pits."

The first qualifying session was in typically wet conditions and Andrews secured the third quickest time behind Harris and Haslam. The second session started as the first ended but with no further rain a dry racing line began to appear in the dying minutes leaving the team no time to change tyres and as a result Andrews slipped to fifteenth on the grid.

All the preceding races on the Sunday were held in mixed conditions, typically starting dry with often, heavy rain falling mid-race making tyre choice a nightmare.

As team manager Pete Jennings commented: "Knowing what the weather was going to do was impossible. When deciding on wets or intermediates it was almost a case of tossing a coin. We gambled on it raining during the race as it had done all day and it didn't come off - it just hasn't been our weekend. Everyone else though was in the same boat and we haven't lost much ground in the championship.

"I must say full credit to Simon this weekend. His tyres by the end of the race were completely destroyed but with a lot of riders pulling in he stuck at it to the end to take 15th. It's got to be the hardest point we've ever earned."

 

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