Now the 2016 season is over after a hectic but also successful last round at sunny Brands Hatch for Sam Wilford. Finishing off the season with 7th and a fantastic 5th place in the last race off the season. This is a great achievement for Sam and his team and also exactly what he has been working towards after some injuries and mechanical changes to his bike.
Sam and the crew are currently working to get things settled for next year so him and the team can be competitive and fight at the sharp end of the British Suppersport series! Things are falling into place nicely and Sam is feeling confident that he can to a great job in the 2017 season. Testing will commence soon to get the bike ready for the next season and the team will keep everyone updated on how this all goes. Also make sure you keep posted as we will also be updating you on our plans for the 2017 season.
Keep posted and see you all soon.
For Immediate Release: Thursday 12, March, 2016
Sam Wilford has completed his last test abroad in Spain successfully and now cant wait to get going in the British Supersport Championship! The 4 day test was held over at Cartegena in Spain where a lot of British Superbike riders were testing at the same time. Wilford felt like he learnt a lot about the bike over the 4 days with having his two team mates Ross Twyman and David Allingham there too.
Sam said :” It was great to have the first test with the whole team and also my two team mates! I have learnt a lot again over the last 4 days as we able to run all of the data logging we will be running next year. So me and my mechanic’s could start looking in to this and start understanding the readings. I am happy with how we progressed over the 4 days and feel like we are ready for the oncoming season. Our next test will be at Silverstone , 29 March, where we will be riding the full Supersport spec bike for the first which I am really looking forward too!”
Wilford will have two more BSB test’s before the start of the season at Silverstone and also Donington.
Thanks to all of my sponsor and EHA Racing for making all of this happen!
For Immediate Release: Monday 15 Febuary, 2016
After completing his first test at Almeria Wilford went to Jerez to complete his second pre season test. A 4 day test at one of the best circuits in the world to learn more from the bike.
The test went very well apart from an engine going on the first day. luckily we had a spare standard engine to put back in the bike on the first night. The following three days went very well as times got quicker as we learned more and more from the bike. By the last day we was very happy with what we had achieved and learned in the last few days and felt really strong and comfortable on the bike.
The next European test will be in March at the Pro Test at Cartegena.
For Immediate Release: Thursday 21 January, 2016
Wilford has successfully completed his first test at Almeria. the Test took place in the space of 4 days at the great circuit of Almeria.
The 4 days gave Wilford and his Mechanic plenty of time to learn the bike and the circuit. This was Wilford's first outing in the dry on the Yamaha R6, so there was a lot to be learnt. But already after the first day things were looking pretty good. At the end of the test Wilford was very happy with the progress that was made and can't wait to get back out on the bike in two weeks time.
Wilford said: "It was a really good test as there was not many people on track and we could learn about suspension. I can't wait to get back out on the R6 in two weeks as i really enjoyed riding it. Hopefully we can learn and progress even more there!"
The next test will be at Jerez (4-8 Feb).
EHA Racing has announced their three-strong rider line-up for the 2016 British Supersport Championship with David Allingham and Ross Twyman in addition to a satellite team with Sam Wilford.
The team who finished runner-up in last year's Supersport Evo class are now ready to battle for championship honours with 20-year-old Allingham, who was a podium finisher in the Evo class this season and 20-year-old Twyman progresses from the Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship. Wilford meanwhile was victorious in the Aprilia RRV450 Challenge title despite missing several races and competed in the European Junior Cup, scoring a podium finish.
Wilford said: "I'm absolutely over the moon to be riding as part of EHA Racing in the Supersport series for my 2016 campaign. I am looking forward to this new challenge on the Yamaha R6; it's going to be a learning year with loads to take in, but I'm sure we can make it a positive one. With only a few months to go before the new season I can't wait to get out there."
Team Manager Gail Allingham commented: "We are delighted to have David back in the team again and are really looking forward to working with Ross and Sam. All three boys came through the Aprilia 450 Challenge together so there is already a great team rapport which we hope we can build on, and with the help of our experienced crew chief Adrian Gorst and the rest of our great team, we are aiming for a very successful year for EHA Racing. We are also still in talks with a few riders for the Superstock 1000 class on the Aprilias so we will have an update on that when we have everything confirmed."
A year racing both at home in the UK and around the circuits of Europe in the Pata European Junior Cup is not for the faint hearted yet Sam Wilford coped with both superbly taking 8th overall at his first attempt in the EJC, bagging a podium in Portimao, and racing triumphantly to the Thundersport Aprilia RRV450 Challenge title despite missing several races.
For Wilford his championship win was a special moment, as on paper it looked as though his chances were over when the European schedule was unveiled pre-season.
Looking back on both series Wilford’s talent shines through, 5 top ten finishes in the EJC including a maiden podium in Portimao gave the youngster who celebrated his 18th birthday last week 8th overall in the final standings while 11 victories and 19 podium finishes gave Wilf the Aprilia RRV450 Challenge championship by 39 points at the end of a very busy year.
Sam Wilford – Aprilia RRV450 Champ & 8th in EJC: “Magny-Cours was another difficult round but I’m really glad to have ended 8th overall in the championship. The last few rounds have been pretty difficult but overall I am really happy with our results all through the EJC season, I have learned a lot and the experience will certainly help me in the future. Looking back to my season in the UK it’s a great feeling to have won the Aprilia RRV450 title after missing a number of rounds. Massive thanks to everyone who has helped me especially Ian Newton, my family and my main sponsor IDWe. Can’t wait for 2016!”
Sam will be announcing his 2016 plans shortly.
The penultimate round of the Pata European Junior Cup ended with a 7th place finish in the restarted and reduced 5 lap race at the Jerez circuit for IDWe Racing’s Sam Wilford, a result which keeps him in contention for a top 6 finish overall when the series draws to a close at Magny-Cours in a fortnight.
Wilford, who set the EJC lap record 12 months ago qualified 12th after struggling with set up during qualifying and didn’t make things easy with a poor start in the initial first part to the race.
A red flag at the start of lap 6 meant a shortened 5 lap re-run with Sam starting from 10th, and after another poor start the Portimao podium finisher dug deep to move into 7th at the flag after an intense four rider fight from start to finish.
Sam Wilford – 7th position: “Not the best weekend for me. I struggled with suspension set-up from FP1 until the race and wasn’t fast enough at the start so I lost touch with the leading group. The second start was also pretty poor but at the end I managed to get 7th just ahead of 3 other riders. I would like to thank everyone who supported me at the weekend, especially John from Nitro & Co for all their help over the weekend.”
Sunday’s result moves Sam into 9th overall in the championship standings, a mere 8 points from 5th with one round to go.
Sam Wilford was lucky to finish the Pata European Junior Cup race at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli last Sunday after a technical problem while running 4th meant he would lose pace eventually finishing 12th.
The podium finisher at Portimao made a steady start to the weekend as he learned the 4.2km circuit on the Adriatic Coast before finding a great setting just in time for final qualifying. The improvement from Friday to Saturday was clear for all to see, Sam taking 7th on the grid despite crashing while on a potential row 2 of the grid lap in the final minute of qualifying.
Race day dawned with sunny skies and after a perfectly timed start when the lights went out the youngster from Kent in the UK was immediately up to 4th and challenging for top honours.
Looking comfortable disaster struck, as at half distance Sam’s CBR650F Honda began to lose power, costing him several seconds a lap. Doing all he could to maintain position Wilford would eventually finish 12th after being overhauled by several of his rivals in the closing stages. Despite only adding 4 points to his tally, Sam remains 9th overall in the European Championship Standings with the strong possibility of taking 4th by the season’s end.
Sam Wilford – 12th position: “Not the best end to the Misano weekend. On Friday track knowledge held us back a little but once we got to grips with setup we were in the mix. On Saturday unfortunately I crashed in the closing stages of Qualifying which left me 7th on the grid. Considering the circumstances I was happy with qualifying and was confident we had the pace to fight for the podium in the race. After an amazing start which put me fourth at turn one we were struck by bike problems right to end where I managed to nurse the bike home in an disappointing 12th. I was gutted about the race as I was sure we had the pace for an podium or maybe even more! We will be back fighting harder at Jerez where I got the lap record last year! I would like to thank everyone who has helped me so far this season, I’m sure we will get there in the end!”
Despite the problems on race day confidence is high ahead of the penultimate round if the EJC in Jerez. Sam is the current lap record holder of the Spanish circuit for the category after a sensational wildcard entry in last year’s event.
Following on from his impressive Donington Park result in the European Junior Cup, Britain’s Sam Wilford was once again in contention for top honours in the most recent encounter at Portimao in Portugal, racing to his first European championship podium finish in 2nd, after starting from Pole Position.
With a renewed confidence, Wilford was the fastest rider on day one of practice before edging championship leader Javier Orellana to secure his maiden Pole Position in the Portuguese sunshine on Saturday afternoon.
Temperatures were close to 30 degrees as race day dawned, with weather conditions at the time the EJC was scheduled to start almost perfect.
A red flag almost immediately after the race started, courtesy of several riders falling at turn one, resulted in a short delay before, at the restart, Sam once again converted his Pole Position into an opening lap lead.
The shortened 6 lap encounter was a thriller and possibly the best EJC race of the year, with the top 3 swapping places throughout.
At the flag and after a tense final lap Sam finished 2nd crossing the line side by side with his rivals to make it onto the podium for the first time at European championship level, to the delight of his father Ian, who celebrated his birthday over the weekend.
Sam Wilford – 2nd position: “Best weekend so far in the European Junior Cup! Topping the times all weekend was a great feeling. Getting my first pole position by just 0.06 sec was amazing and a nice birthday present for my dad. In the race I made a good start but unfortunately it was red flagged and then shortened to a 6 lap dash. In the restart I managed to get to the front again and fought hard throughout until the last lap where I dropped to second. I couldn’t have asked for much more though after such a good weekend. It was an amazing feeling standing on the podium spraying champagne at a World Superbike event!”
The result elevates Sam to 7th overall in championship standings with 3 rounds remaining.