Faulty fuel filler may have cost Hillier dear
The JG Speedfit Bournemouth Kawasaki team were left rueing what could have been after a faulty fuel filler cost them 16 seconds in their opening pit stop. Speaking to MCN after the race, James Hillier said he felt ‘robbed’ after missing the podium by just two seconds after the six-lap race, but even more frustrating for the team was that had they not lost those 16 seconds, mathematically they would have won.
A switch of fuel filler for the second stop saw the team, who usually compete with the Honda squad for the award of quickest pit stop, saw the team dramatically reduce their time from 1 minute 13 to 57 seconds.
“I feel a bit robbed but it’s just bad luck, isn’t it?” Hillier said. “Everyone has their fair share of that. It pisses me off losing the podium by two seconds. I should definitely have been up there.” Given the time lost was through no fault of their own, the team submitted a protest against the result. However, while race stewards were able to confirm the filler used by the team was faulty, they were unable to award Hillier with any of the time lost as there would be too many ‘ifs, buts and maybes’ as to where he would have finished. “While upset, the team will accept the stewards’ decision and would like to thank officials for their help with this matter and for agreeing with the issue,” read a statement from the philosophical squad.
Hillier and Hutchy battle it out in the Superbike TT