Biker Cox gears up for a big weekend at Oulton Park

Bow boy Sam looking to replicate Thruxton success

Bow biker Sam Cox is looking forward to this weekend’s Triumph Triple Challenge meet at Oulton Park, after impressing in his previous race at Thruxton last time out.

The 21-year-old, who works at the Mossbourne Academy, travelled up to the Cheshire circuit to test out the track, and enjoyed relative success.

“I had a test weekend starting on Saturday and it was fairly successful,” said Cox. “It was good to get some familiarity with the track and I was improving my lap times as the day went on.

“Having finished in fourth place and on the podium at the last meet in Thruxton, I kept the bike exactly the same, but that proved to be a wrong call as Oulton Park is a very different and demanding circuit.

“So we changed a few things before the race on Sunday.

“I finished in seventh, but it was all about getting to know the bike and track, not about where I finished.”

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Cox excelled at the last Triumph Triple Challenge meet, finishing in the top four, but the former Raines School pupil is not getting carried away, and knows that his recent success came on his preferred Thruxton track.

“I have a good history with Thruxton, and I know the track well,” he said.

“However I haven’t had the best of luck at Oulton Park in the past and it is a tough track, with lots of high-speed corners, which it takes some time to get used to.”

After two races, Cox finds himself in the top two of the Premier Points table, just two points off the leader James Egan.

However, in his first season racing in the Triumph Triple Challenge, Cox is not getting too carried away.

“My target for this season was to finish in the top 10, so to be second by a narrow margin is quite an achievement,” he said.

“It is certainly unexpected and I am not taking anything for granted.

“In motorsport there are so many uncontrollable variables and things can change in the blink of an eye.

“I am in a confident mood, but I am trying to stay grounded.”