Injured Hastings In For Surgery
Team E-Lites’ Supersport racer Tim Hastings has revealed he’s to undergo surgery to end years of muscle pain in his arms. At some race circuits, Tim’s arm muscles flare up and leave him with no feeling in his hands – a problem when you’re trying to steer a bike at around 170mph!
The team were at Oulton Park over the May bank holiday weekend, which is one of the worst circuits for Tim’s arms. It’s a circuit of difficult turns and constant battling with the bike, and ultimately, Tim had to withdraw from the feature race on the Monday. He’d raced in the shorter Sprint race on Sunday evening, but after running in third place and sitting in a podium position, his pains returned and he had to slow the bike down, almost crashing in the process, and dropping down the field to finish ninth.
Tim will undergo an operational assessment on Thursday this week to determine the scale of the operation – expected to take place within the month. Tim and his father and manager Tony anticipate everything to be running smoothly by the next race meeting, which is Snetterton on June 14-15.
Also in action this weekend was Hunter Abbott, E-Lites’ representative in the British Touring Car Championship. Unfortunately, the team conceded it would be a tricky weekend early on, as their rear-wheel powered Audis were not well suited to the Thruxton circuit, which favours the front-wheel drive cars. Hunter picked up a 24th and a 16th either side of a non-finish.
Team-mate Rob Austin scored points in race three with a 12th place finish but was involved in a big crash in race two with Nick Foster which saw the race stopped, and Austin disqualified.
We’ll be back at Oulton Park on June 8th for the BTCC race day, at a circuit that better suits our rear-wheel cars. We’ll be sure to keep you updated on Tim’s progress on our Facebook and Twitter pages and an album of our weekend at Oulton can be found on Facebook.