Michael Laverty finished tenth in the afternoon practice session and afterwards the Paul Bird Motorsport rider had high hopes for a strong weekend.
With rain expected throughout the weekend it is likely that the CRT bikes will be much closer to the prototypes this weekend due to the fact that the horsepower advantage enjoyed by the prototypes cannot be exploited as readily.
Speaking after the session Laverty said:
“It was a good for us today, obviously the wet is a leveller but this is also the first track I’ve come to that I know so it was good to know what I needed from the bike,” said the PBM rider. “In the first session we struggled to get the bike turn the way it should but then it rained which was unfortunate as we wanted to improve the dry session.
“But the direction we changed seemed to be the right way and it was much nicer in the wet. Straight away I was into the top five when there was a lot of rain but I sat out the middle of the session when conditions improved. I went out for one lap at the end and it put me back up to tenth position without really pushing too hard. With a bit of a risk I could have been top five.Iit’s nice to have the bike running well in the rain because when conditions are like this we can hassle some of the prototypes which can’t use their horsepower.”