DAVE Carson has retained the Formula Darley title for the second year after a strong weekend in the penultimate round of the Darley Moor Motor Cycle Road Race Championships.
The 2016 champ had been gunning for the silverware as he hit the track in the combined Lightweight/Formula Darley race, but knew he faced a bit of a challenge from nearest rival Joe Walton.
In the opening race, Walton did his best to keep his championship hopes alive, posting the fastest lap as he kept Carson honest, but the Two Daves Racing rider just had the edge, taking the win ahead of his rival with Jason Wilkes coming home third.
The second race brought one of the closest finishes of the day, as Walton led off the line before Wilkes squeezed through to take the lead on the second lap. Walton took the place back on the penultimate lap and held off Wilkes to the flag to get the win.
Carson just needed a strong result, and third was enough to seal the deal and give him the title for the second year in succession.
He also moved a step closer to retaining the Mini Sound of Thunder title, although it was Walton who dominated the day with two wins in the class. Wilkes took second both times while Carson followed them home to finish third twice.
Walton’s form has left him trailing Carson by 20 points, and he still has a chance of taking the title at the final round next month.
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