COLCHESTER'S Tom Oliver battled through the pain barrier to produce a solid performance in the fifth round of the Dickies British Supersport Championship, at Knockhill.

Despite being involved in a devastating crash at Snetterton just a fortnight earlier which left him with a broken foot, Oliver showed battling qualities to get back on track for SGR Racing.

Oliver said: “I’m really pleased that we managed to get out and race at this round.

"The team pulled out all the stops to make this possible and I appreciate everyone’s effort.

"My foot still isn’t 100 per cent so it was painful when racing but I did my best to keep going.

"Another two weeks and I should be a lot better for Brands Hatch. I can’t wait.”

Oliver and SGR Racing were determined to get back out on track, despite having to source and fund a new Yamaha R6 and with Oliver sporting a broken foot.

The Morpeth-based team were competing in their local round at Knockhill, where the 1.2-mile track is tight and undulating with a lot of right hand bends.

This made it difficult for Oliver with a broken right foot but he worked hard to qualify in 15th place, in this highly competitive class.

The 18-lap sprint race was also a challenge but the Colchester rider dug deep and brought it home in 12th place.

Oliver maintained his 15th-place grid position for the main feature race.

He got a superb start and immediately slotted into 12th place.

As the race progressed the group, Oliver was racing with swapped places numerous times making for a thrilling race.

All the action took its toll on Oliver’s injured foot and he finished in 15th place overall.

SGR Racing team owner Stephen Kinghorn said:“I’m so proud of Tom and what he achieved this weekend.

"He was hurting after the race due to his egg beater of a crash at Snetterton so it took a lot to compete.

"Being at Knockhill was only possible thanks to everyone’s hard work.

"Mark Sadler pulled out all the stops to help get the bike ready and both Toren Jarritt and Stuart Muncey have worked so hard, too.

"I’m incredibly proud of our little team. Thanks to everyone that helped us get back out on track so quickly. Bring on Brands Hatch.”

The sixth round of the Dickies British Supersport Championship takes place at Brands Hatch in Kent on July 20-22.