DAVID Irons stole the NG Sound of Thunder championship this Saturday as title rivals Dave Mackay and Alister Haynes missed out by a single point.
While Mackay won the feature race at the club’s final round from Irons and Haynes, the 25-point effort wasn’t enough to launch the True Heroes rider into the lead, and the 16 to Haynes didn’t quite allow him to hold the lead he came into the round to defend.
In the qualifying race just after noon, Mackay launched his KTM straight into the lead with Irons and Haynes giving chase.
But neither Irons nor Haynes could match Mackay’s pace, and he continued to stretch out a nine-second advantage all the way to the flag while Haynes pushed his TeamHaynesRacing.com Triumph 675R ahead of Irons’ Tom Warner Racing 1198 Ducati to secure second on the grid for the points-scoring race.
The season’s final Sound of Thunder scrap began just like the qualifier as Mackay once again disappeared into the distance ahead of Irons and Haynes. But eventually the True Heroes machine of Michael Russell joined the party and launched from fourth to second ahead of the championship contenders.
Irons’ and Haynes’ championship hopes looked to be over, but they both made a move on Russell on the last lap to nab the final rostrum spots.
Even with a win, however, Mackay’s title hopes were over when Irons crossed the line second as the Tom Warner Racing rider took the crucial 20 points he needed to edge ahead of his two rivals and secure the NG Road Racing Sound of Thunder championship.
*Main image: Steve Snelling
*Side image: Jenny Wells