Bow boy Cox captures first win of the season
Success for former Morpeth School pupil in Norfolk
Bow biker Sam Cox received a massive morale boost at Sntterton recently after capturing his first MRO Minitwins class victory of the season.
After a poor first meet at Brands Hatch last month which he described as ‘devastating’ following a crash and just one podium finish, the former Morpeth School pupil was feeling low about his chances of capturing the title, but an encouraging weekend in Norfolk has re-ignited his self-belief.
“Winning was a great feeling. I was starting to doubt my ability to win the Championship, but that victory has told me I am good enough and I can compete,” Cox said.
“I am now back into the top five and I believe I can take the title.”
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On a refurbished Snetterton race course, which the 20-year-old had yet to race on, Cox began slowly and his qualifying time of two minutes, 11 seconds on his Suzuki SV 650 was quick enough only to push him into tenth on the grid.
The start of the race almost saw an unwanted crash with a rider directly in front wheelying his bike causing a moment of danger which was only cleared after Cox braked hard to avoid him.
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Cox however made the most of his cornering ability to work his way towards the front of the pack passing other riders both outside and inside to finish in seventh.
He made a great start to the second place immediately jumping two places and by the fourth lap had made a further three positions to nestle himself among the leading pack.
He entered the final lap on the tails of the front two and after twisting and turning through the Esses bend at close to 100 mph, Cox pressured the leading riders all the way, finally hitting the front around the outside of the wide and fast Corams corner at 110mph just before the final start/finish straight and help on by just 0.06 seconds to claim the win.
“My plan was to try and get up to the front three and from there anything can happen,” Cox said.
“It was a really close race, but I moved to the outside on the final bend to cut inside and it worked. It was an exciting race and it was great to come out on top.”
Cox began the third race in pole, but after the top three with including the East End rider, broke away in the second lap, the race was called off after a crash on the third lap meant the race could not continue.
In the final race of the weekend, a repeat of circumstances ensued. Cox gained an early lead, was caught by two chasing riders and then a four-lap dog fight broke out with Cox getting blocked and harried for the lead. Into the last lap in 3rd position but pushing hard, he gained on the leaders and put in the fastest lap of the weekend but failed narrowly by 0.1 seconds to the eventual winner.
Overall a promising weekend, 60 points gained, with both the bike and rider improving ready for the next outing at Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire this weekend.
“It was devastating to come so close and not win, but I am well placed and Cadwell is my favourite course,” Cox said.