MICHAEL Rose and Tommy Philp shared the Bemsee Team Respro MRO 600 spoils as weather made it a weekend of two halves at Cadwell Park.
Rose dominated proceedings on Saturday in drenched conditions, while British Supersport regular Philp had no trouble picking up a double win in the dry on Sunday.
But it was Clubman championship leader Andrew Smith who put his 5 Club Racing Kawasaki on pole for race one, pipping Ben Wotton by 0.065s with the lone MV Augusta of Matty Whelan completing the front row.
As the race got underway, Rose was immediately out into the lead, scorching to the front ahead of Wotton and Harry Rowlings to take a 2.5s lead by the end of lap one, while pole man Smith suffered a DNF.
From there, Rose put his head down and extended a 12.833s advantage by the time he hit the chequered flag, while Triumph – JJR Triumph/ RJS Services man Wotton nabbed the runner-up spot two seconds clear of Whelan in third.
Top Clubman honours went to Wotton, with Daire Prendergast and WPS Ltd’s Richard Goode taking second and third in class.
It was much the same story in race two, with Rose shooting forward from a pole position start to lead by nearly seven seconds on the very first lap while Wotton and Whelan battled for the podium places.
But Smith was on a charge after starting way back on the eighth row, and pipped Whelan two laps from the finish to take second overall and the Clubman win, over 13 seconds adrift of Rose. Wotton and Prendergast crossed the line fourth and fifth for the remaining Clubman podium spots.
As the weather cleared up on Sunday, however, Philp decided it was time to move. After only managing to finish 10th in race two, the Draper Vent Yamaha rider launched from the fourth row of the grid to lead Rose and Wotton over the line at the start of race three.
But Philp soon disappeared into the distance, and after eight laps he had beat Aaron Clarke to the flag by nearly 12 seconds, as Rose took third. Wotton nabbed another Clubman win from Smith and Ashford Accident Repair Centre’s Philip Baker.
There was no doubting Philp’s pace as he once again led every lap of the final race to take another win over Clarke, with NR Racing’s Josh Harvey rounding out the podium. Baker nabbed the Clubman victory ahead of Goode and Chase Timber Products’ Jacke Younge.
Dawid Krawiecki was victorious in both of Saturday’s races in the L&W Contractors Rookie 600 series to briefly take charge of the championship standings.
However, a DNF in Sunday’s opener undid all of his hard work, as Michael Attwood re-assumed the series lead with a win. Kier Armstrong took the win in the last race of the weekend.
*Main and bottom image: Jenny Wells
*Top action image: David Watson