MOTORSPORT: STU WILSON had to rein himself in as he battled with his mind as much as his machine at Oulton Park.
The Crewe rider had to set his sights on finishing his first race in the newly-established National Superstock Cup after a couple of spectacular early-season crashes at Silverstone and Brands Hatch.
'It was a frustrating experience for me because last year I had been lapping as fast as the leading guys but had to finish the race for commercial reasons,' he said.
'There were record crowds of 35,000 there but much as I wanted to put on a show for my home fans, I had to keep telling myself it wasn't worth it.'
The 24-year-old had to be lifted on to his Suzuki GSXR 1000 after damaging ligaments in his fibula and breaking a finger at Brands Hatch.
'I hadn't been able to practice before the event and that was the first time I had been on a bike since the crash. My confidence is understandably low at the moment but I managed to grin and bear it and came home 18th in the end.'
Wilson, who is being backed by German power tools manufacturer Metabo this year, has until the end of the month before the next round at Thruxton.
'I went to Donington to test with one of the other riders, Paul Young, yesterday and I am planning to go to Darley Moor to do some club racing before the next round of the Super-stock series. I just need to get my confidence back and start throwing the bike around a bit.
'I was nervous at Oulton Park and I wasn't happy with the way I raced. But it had to be a case of safety first. I could hear all the airhorns blaring from my supporters and that was a great feeling. I am back at Oulton at the end of September and hopefully I will be back on top of my racing by then and be able to turn in a special performance.
'I've not had the best of starts to the season but there is plenty of racing left yet.'
Stu would like to thank all his sponsors, particularly Houstons and Brupac.