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It was on to Snetterton in Norfolk for the latest round of the 2017 BSB championships, where Robert Kennedy (Superstock 600) and Sam Laffins (KTM Junior Cup) would be competing under the Team ILRbanner. 

After a good top ten finish at Knockhill, RK who was a rookie at Snetterton, was looking for more of the same at the Norfolk circuit. 
Free practice left him upbeat finishing in 5th position, but after the dust had settled after Qualifying and some niggling set up issues, the Dundrod rider had to settle for a fourth row start in 11th position. 
In the race Robert got a great start and moved up into 6th position by the second corner, only to get boxed in, and relegating him to 11th place by the end of the opening lap, but he got his head down putting in some real good lap times and worked his way up to 8th position by lap eight of twelve. 
But exiting the last chicane he clipped the inside curb and lost the front of his Team Sandown/Team ILR ZX-6R and down he went. 
So an unfortunate end to such a very promising weekend for the Northern Ireland rider. 

Sam who is new to all the UK circuits, had two races over the hot and sunny weekend. 
He qualified well in 9th with a 2m 18.2 second lap and was looking forward to his race later the same day. 
Saturday evening's Race 1 was a hectic affair when Sam was involved in a frantic fight for fifth position with Connor Thompson, a battle he was to win. 
Race 2 on Sunday and another tough battle this time for 6th place was to ensue with Connor Moody, again with Sam using his slip streaming expertise to gain the advantage and come home in a fine sixth place finish. 

Ian Lougher:
'' Despite RK not getting a finish at Snett, we feel we have found him the set up he is looking for to progress further in the future. 
I know how disappointed he is after his crash, this time though it was his own fault and not being taken out by someone else, he will learn from this, but I know for sure he has the talent, capability and above all else the dedication to succeed. 
He will come back at Brands Hatch stronger than ever. 

Sam on the other hand had the opposite of weekends, coming off his last weekend of mixed fortunes and problems, to a weekend of learning a new circuit as a young 15 year old, to opening a lot of people's eyes with a well rounded mature performance and coming away with a 5th and 6th.
Sam is out next at Cadwell Park in August, onwards and upwards.'' 

Robert Kennedy
''Another tough weekend for me at Snetterton. 
We qualified in P11 for my first race weekend there, which I was happy with my times, but not my position. 
We got an ok start in the race but dropped back in the first lap to 12th. I managed to get up to 7th place but unfortunately I came off the bike with a couple of laps to go. 
It's very frustrating at the moment for me not being able to deliver like I know I can, but big thanks to Sandy, Willie, and my Dad, especially for all their hard work, and all the sponsors, and of course Team ILR. 
Also thank you to everyone else who has helped me this year each and every weekend, thank you so much, I know we can get there.'' 

Sam Laffins:
''The weekend at Snetterton started with Free Practice on Friday. 
I was 10th quickest with only 2 seconds separating the top 10 places around the three mile circuit. 
Saturday was qualifying and I ended up in 9th position, knocking 2 seconds off my lap times from the free practice session which put me in 9th position on the grid for race 1. 
I finished Race 1 in 5th position, again knocking 2 seconds off my qualifying lap time which moved me up to 6th position on the grid for Race 2. 
I had a great battle with Connor Moody in race 2 which finished with me in 6th position. 
I really enjoyed my weekend at Snetterton Race Circuit with the fast flowing nature of the circuit again I would like to thank Ian and Team ILR for the hard work, this is being proven as every race meeting I'm improving my lap times and getting closer to the front runners. 
Thanks for believing in me Ian. 
Of course I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all my sponsors for giving me the opportunity to race in this championship.''

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