"It's been a day of two halves with a great podium offset by the slight disappointment of retiring in the second"
Heading north of the border to Knockhill Ashcourt Racing and Lee Johnston enjoyed a great trip as Lee Johnston managed to take a third-place finish in the Dickies Supersport sprint race.
In Lee’s first run out at Knockhill in five years, he was quickly up to speed placing 8th quickest in Friday’s opening free practice session improving that time in the afternoon by four tenths of a second.
Saturday’s weather saw decent conditions in the morning and saw Lee qualify in seventh place (3rd row) for the afternoon’s 18 lap race. Having overtaken GP2 rider Kyle Ryde, Lee found himself sat in 5th position by lap 11 when he overtook Sam Munro and a lap later overtook Championship leader Alistair Seeley. Lee in third at this point, managed to hold position as Alistair Seeley and Sam Munro crashed out on lap 13 easing the pressure and allowing Lee to seal his first podium of the championship season.
The longer 24 lap feature race saw Lee encounter ussies with the gearbox and it ultimately led to him retiring just after half race distance.
“It's been a day of two halves with a great podium offset by the slight disappointment of retiring in the second although the gearbox issue was one of those things and no-one’s fault at all.”