A CATASTROPHIC engine failure caused a major headache for speed queen Jenny Tinmouth in the Fuchs-Silkolene Supersport Cup, but it couldn’t stop her racing to seventh spot and a valuable nine points in the Supersport Cup standings.
The Isle of Man female lap-speed record holder from Whitby didn’t make it through second qualifying after the engine of her Honda CBR600RR blew up.
“It was a real mess and it ruined my qualifying,” said Jenny, who runs the Two Wheel Workshop on the Westminster Industrial Park.
“But we just knuckled down to fix it. The bike came with a spare engine so we were up all night replacing it.”
The problem solved, Jenny went back out onto the Scottish circuit and, despite a lack of sleep, clawed her way up to seventh.
“It all came together and I had a really good ride in the race,” said Jenny.
“I just need to kick on and get used to short track racing again after the TT.”
Jenny is still adjusting to life after her Manx adventure. Media interest in her has increased and she is working to get back into her day-to-day racing mentality.
“It is very different returning to the track after the TT,” she said.
“There is a lot less to hit! I was pleased I didn’t lose it at the TT considering it was my debut.
“Since I came back as the female lap-speed record holder there has been more attention on me.
“I have had a few people contact me to say well done and I am hoping the extra awareness turns into sponsorship, if not this season then next.
“Hein Gerick in Chester did give me a new set of leathers though so that is something.”
Jenny, who competed in the TT with the help of sponsors Sorrymate.com, is hoping to quickly improve her performances this season before taking things to the next level in 2010.
“I want a new bike for the championship because mine will be four years old and I want to be able to compete more strongly,” said Jenny.
“I would also like to secure a new bike to ride in the TT because you need something very reliable and very powerful.”