Wilford delighted with start to season
Wilford delighted with start to season

Sam Wilford was back on track in the opening round of the Dickies British Supersport championship nearly two weeks ago.

This season Wilford is racing in the GP2 class and his weekend couldn’t really have got much better with a double class podium.

Speaking to Kent Sports News about the opening weekend of the season, Wilford said: “It’s great to be back racing, to be honest we have been so busy in the winter months that it has come around quickly. Especially at Silverstone, a place that I really enjoy.”

Sam qualified within the top ten for the opening race of the weekend, and Sam knows qualifying hasn’t been his strong point.

He added: “So far we have struggled in qualifying but we always manage to have a good race pace. So it would have been ideal to be further up the grid for race one but we deal with what is thrown at us.”

What was thrown at him was dealt with exceptionally well with a second in class finish for that opening race.

“It was great to repay the team for all their hard work over the last few months. It’s been a very hectic time getting everything sorted for this opening round.

“It was great to have Rob Dockerill from Autoguard Warranties Ltd who have come on as a sponsor this season and his son Alfie watching from pit lane and experience the celebrations on the podiums too. It is definitely how I want to continue this season.”

It also meant that a sixth place start in race two meant that Sam could attack from the start for another good result in the GP2 series.

Reflecting on race two, Sam said: “Race two was really good actually, we found some pace overnight and could fight for the outright win. It’s great when you can make changes overnight and come out fighting the next day.

“We want to be fighting for overall victories at the end of the day and I know we have the package to do so.”

With a solid start to the season for Sam and his IDWE team, he is looking to build on that at the next round from Oulton Park this coming bank holiday weekend.

He added: “Yes definitely, that is the plan. Oulton has been a difficult circuit for us in the past but we will be working hard to hit the ground running. It’s pretty technical and requires a good setup, also you never know what weather you are going to get there.

“We were testing at Oulton Park on Thursday for the Official BSB test. I am really looking forward to continue learning and developing the bike there. It’s a technical track so it will be interesting to see what challenges will be thrown at us there! But I’m sure as we are working now we will overcome them.”