ANTHONY Johnson stamped his authority on the Reactive Parts MRO Powerbikes class this weekend with a hat-trick of wins, including victory in the Kyle O’Donovan Memorial race.
The Bexhill Gearboxes BMW rider, who had already been crowned champion back in August at Snetterton, was only stopped from a clean sweep by a mistake in the opening scrap, which left half the field out of contention with DNFs as KS Autos man Kevin Silvain took the win, 17s clear of Jack Croucher and Michael Blank.
And even after taking two dominant victories over Peter Baker and Daryl Dance to secure the Champion of Brands trophy, Johnson admits it was hard to top the final big bike battle of the weekend, dedicated to former Powerbike racer O’Donovan, who lost his life in an incident at Brands earlier this summer.
Starting 29th on the grid for the memorial race, Johnson scorched the Indy circuit tarmac to get into 13th by the end of lap one and seventh by the end of lap two, moving into the lead just before the half-way mark and stretching a five-second gap over Baker and Clubman Silvain, the latter of whom dropped only one class win all weekend to Paul Wilby.
“I made a bit of an error in the first race Saturday, but other than that we had a really good run,” Johnson told UK Clubsport.
“Winning the Champion of Brands is nice as it’s just been a crazy year, thinking a year ago I was on a TZR and wanting to have a shot at Powerbikes. To come away with the championship, Champion of Snetterton and Brands is amazing.
“I really enjoyed Kyle’s tribute race. I got quite close to Kyle after Silverstone, so to win the race was a nice feeling.
“We all miss him very much, although he might have been laughing at me almost dropping my bike while doing a burnout…
Johnson plans to head back to Brands Hatch this weekend to have another go at the National Superstock 1000 class as he bids to make the move up next season.
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