THREE different winners took to the top step of Bemsee’s premier 600 class at Silverstone as Adam Lyon, Sam Smith and Laurence Edgeley all took wins.
And while Smith still heads the points table, 16-year-old Luke Hopkins took a significant chunk out of his lead with three solid podium finishes.
Wesley Pearce qualified on pole for Saturday’s first race, but Edgeley got the better of him off the start as he and fellow front-row man Smith hit the lead.
Even with the fastest lap of the race, GBM Kawasaki’s Smith couldn’t break Edgeley’s one-second gap and he had to settle for second behind the Team Edge RST Racing rider, with A51 Racing’s Michael Mills nabbing third. Philip Baker, Andrew Smith and Charlie Farrer took eighth, ninth and 10th for the top Clubman spots.
His fastest lap from race one meant Sam Smith lined up on pole for race two, but it was Laurence’s dad Nick Edgeley who shot to the front with a lightning start.
The Monex Europe boss’s lead was short-lived, however, as Smith slipped by on lap two and extended a nearly six-second advantage at the line to take the win over Hopkins and Mills, the latter two promoted after Edgeley was slapped with a jump start penalty.
Last year’s Team Green Junior and Overall champ Farrer bagged the Clubman win in sixth, this time ahead of Baker and Andrew Smith.
Teen ace Hopkins nabbed the hole shot in the wet on Sunday morning, but was soon pipped by Scotsman Adam Lyon who, from a third-row starting spot, wasted no time in pulling out almost 14 seconds as he stormed to victory over a bike issue-struck Hopkins and PGVM/3vk rider Kurtis Butler.
Ben Hawes captured Clubman victory in fourth, from Richard Goode and Daniel Moffa. But Goode wanted better as he launched ahead of the front-row starters in the final race of the weekend to lead the first lap, only to be deposed by Andrew Smith shortly thereafter.
And it looked like Smith’s race to lose, but Lyon roared to the front on the final lap, pipping Smith by less than half a second as Sam Smith missed out on the runner-up spot by just 0.132s to take third. Hawes and Baker completed the Clubman podium in sixth and seventh.
Lyon, who’s now looking toward his Isle of Man TT debut in May, admits the weather made things difficult this weekend.
“It felt good to continue to work on the bike after a few issues which affected the races on Saturday,” he said. “And it was a great end to the weekend after winning both [Sunday] races in tricky conditions.
“We achieved the two signatures for my TT Mountain Course License so it was definitely a successful weekend at Silverstone.
“Thanks to Bemsee for a well run event, it was great to see some familiar faces from the MRO 400 days – one step closer to where I need to be for the TT.”
*Images: Jenny Wells