Nadieh Schoots and the ILR Kawasaki team made their way to Oulton Park in Cheshire at the weekend for round ten of the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship and although the Dutch rider finished in 26th place, it proved to be a challenging meeting after a heavy spill on Friday.
The crash occurred towards the beginning of the opening qualifying session held in cloudy conditions in the afternoon and the 25-year old went down heavily at Druids. No bones were broken in the accident but Nadieh did considerable damage to the rotator cuff and muscles in her right shoulder.
With no time registered, she had to grit her teeth for Saturday’s second and final qualifying session to ensure she made it on to the grid for Sunday’s 14-lap race but a time of 1m46.392s meant she took 33rd place to line up on the eleventh row of the grid.
Sunday saw perfect conditions at the 2.7-mile venue and Nadieh was able to maintain her position throughout the race despite the obvious discomfort in her shoulder. Not surprisingly, she wasn’t able to run the pace she wanted to but with a number of riders falling by the wayside, none more so than race leaders Taylor Mackenzie and Ian Hutchinson at the final corner of the final lap, she ended the race in 26th place and with more miles on the ZX-10R Superstock machine under her belt.
Nadieh Schoots: “All things considered, I’m simply pleased to have got a finish under my belt this weekend as there was more than one occasion when I thought it might not be possible. There was a cold wind on Friday afternoon and the front brake trapped my fingers going into Druids which led to the crash. It was quite slick off line and I couldn’t scrub any speed off so went down heavily, the end result being damage to my rotator cuff.”
“I managed to qualify for the race but the swelling in my shoulder must have pinched my nerves as I had no strength in my arm and it was hard to hang on for the 14 laps. Oulton’s a physical circuit at the best of times so it was probably the worst place for it to happen but I got to the end of the race and getting another race finish is always good. I’m just going to get plenty of rest now before Donington to try to be as strong as possible when we get there.”
The penultimate round of the series takes place next weekend at Donington Park, Leicestershire.
Pictures by Tim Keeton – Impact Images Photography
Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship (14 laps)
1 Josh Elliott (BMW)
2 Adam Jenkinson (BMW)
3 Keith Farmer (Honda)
4 Michael Rutter (BMW)
5 Chrissy Rouse (BMW)
6 Ashley Beech (BMW)
26 Nadieh Schoots (ILR Kawasaki)
Championship Standings (after ten rounds)
1 Mackenzie 178pts
2 Hutchinson 155
3 Farmer 138
4 Elliott 134
5 Rutter 103
6 Rogers 99