WOOLSEY Coulter celebrated his first competitive appearance at Brands Hatch in over a decade by clocking up runner-up spot across the British Supersport Championship programme.
Coulter steered a path to second in the Ducati 848 Challenge Championship race.
The Portadown ace started 23rd on the grid and called on his experience to navigate an opening race disrupted by heavy rainfall.
Seven riders were down across lap one alone but Coulter managed to maintain his composure to hold position until the end of the pace car’s work.
Ultimately, oil forced the officials to issue a red flag - with Coulter sitting 13th at the time.
The second race was reduced on Monday to 14 laps and Coulter kicked off in fine style to progress from 22nd up to fifth by the end of lap one.
He continued to climb up the rankings and was sitting first across lap nine before swapping positions within the top two up to the final bend.
Coulter lost his line to a degree on that Graham Hill bend and finished 0.109 seconds off the lead at the flag.
“This year’s campaign would not be happening but for the generosity of those who have donated to the ‘Woolsey Coulter Ducati Club 100’ fund,” said the popular rider. “It is a long season and, hopefully, more will contribute to enable us to keep everything on track.
“We came to Brands Hatch not knowing what to expect as things move on and 11 years is a long time in any sport.
“I was looking just to get the bike set-up right and see how competitive I could be, with the main aim to stay on and finish both races.
“I was nervous and more apprehensive that I can ever remember, with qualifying a bit disappointing as we hadn’t got the bike completely dialled in for the dry.
“However, I knew there was more to come and getting in the points was a bonus following such a stop-start first race.
“The second race was a real surprise but I got a good start even riding within my limits.
“Never in my dreams did I see getting on the podium and was a bit lost for words,
“I want to thank everyone who helped me out and, moving forward, we are now looking to Assen in Holland for the next round during May.”
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THE Irish Superbikes Championship event at Bishopscourt featured Malcolm Love and David Mulligan from Portadown.
Love was 12th in the 125cc class, with Mulligan steering a path to 13th on two occasions across the 600cc Supersport field.
RICHHILL’S Lee Wilson registered a podium place at Kirkistown on Easter Monday, plus recorded placings of eighth and sixth in the Irish Supertwins Championship at Bishopscourt.
LAURELVALE’S Gareth Mulligan now sits top of the Ulster and Irish standings thanks to two wins and a second at the Easter motocross meeting.
Mulligan proved in fine form on a borrowed bike during the Clubman’s MX1 class of the Ulster Championship outing.
He will be aiming to continue his impressive run in Athlone on Sunday.