SUNSHINE and soaring temperatures greeted No Limits racers for round five of eight as the series hit Croft Circuit in its annual journey north.
And after Rye Motors Racing had taken back the National Endurance lead, David Hall bagged the Pirelli Super Series cash and Andy Booth had scored his first victory to Danny Shaw’s three Ducati class wins, there was still plenty of close-cut competition for spectators to fill their boots with.
Four different riders took to the top step of the Pirelli Super Series 600 podium as Andrew Fisher, Lee Wells, Broderick Whitmore-Wilson and James Alderson all bagged a win apiece.
Ross Walker led the opening laps of race one before Wells took over at the front, but it wasn’t long before Fisher grabbed the lead from him and maintained a half-second gap at the chequered flag to take victory, while Whitmore-Wilson snatched third.
East Midland Superbikes / Framefast man Scott Stevens took the Cup 600 win in fifth overall, from Ben Wotton and Aran Sadler.
Wells was the best starter in race two on Sunday, but Whitmore-Wilson was hot on his heels and with nearly half a second to make up on the final lap, he squeezed past and made Wells play second fiddle once again as he took the win, this time with Walker in third.
JJR Triumph rider Wotton bagged Cup victory in fourth, just 0.6s off the overall podium, ahead of Bruce Wilson and Stevens.
In race three, Wells once again grabbed the holeshot as he got out ahead of Whitmore-Wilson, and despite his hopes of back-to-back wins, he couldn’t quite make a move and the LS Joinery man finally stole the win by 0.272s ahead of third-placed Alderson. The Cup class was another Stevens-Wotton-Wilson podium with Stevens doubling up on wins.
But local lad Alderson had something up his sleeve for the final race of the weekend. While Wells got another good start and led Whitmore-Wilson on the first lap, the R Alderson and Sons Triumph rider soon made his way into second and within a few laps he had levered Wells aside, eking out a 0.844s margin of victory over Wilson and Walker.
Stevens made it a Cup 600 hat-trick with a win in race four ahead of Wotton and FB Racing’s Daniel Forbes, extending his championship lead.
Pre Injection 600 series leader Ian Kirby was hoping to fly high at his home round, but he was forced to settle for second after Pennyrose Photography man Alan Armstrong swept the board with four wins from four.
The NA College Yamaha rider extended his points advantage with four runner-up finishes, while Simon Lacey, Matthew Jemmett, Brian Dodd and Richard Gilderoy shared thirds.
Local man Andrew Stockdale moved ever closer to Racebuykz.com Cup 1000 series leader Jack Thompson with three wins out of four, only relinquishing one to Harry Jackson by a few tenths.
The Stockdale’s Auto Repairs rider snatched his opening 25 points ahead of Geordie threat Richard Charlton on the 1st Reserve BMW before Jackson beat him to the punch in race two.
But Stockdale was back on form in the final two scraps with wins over Jennings Race Products’ Jack Thompson, while Lee Devonport and Charlton shared thirds.
Metzeler Newcomer 1000 leader Tony Hunter picked up where left off at the last round, putting his Uncle Tom’s Motoring Centre Yamaha on the top step with a dominant first win nearly nine seconds clear of title rival Ben Falla.
But KLF developments/RAFMSA Kawasaki’s Falla held Hunter off in race two by just half a second to take the full batch of points and claw back vital ground on the series leader. Falla looked to be on for another in race three, but Hunter passed him on the penultimate lap and stretched a gap of just over a second to take another win.
Hunter’s luck ran out in the final race, however, when he lost the front while stalking Falla, giving the latter 25 points as Hunter’s series lead falls to a mere eight points. Absolut5 Audio man Scott McFarlane bagged a second to add to his two thirds, while Christopher Fell and John Parker grabbed a third apiece.
Metzeler Newcomer 600 front-man Max Stainton had no trouble extending his points lead with a clean sweep in the jam-packed newbie category.
The Wayne Stainton Plumbing & Heating rider cruised to all four wins with seconds to spare over runner-up Daniel Williams on the willowsworkshop.co.uk Yamaha, while Stefan Garrod, James Welch and Simon Cavill shared podium honours.
Highsparks Crane Hire’s Joe Walton bagged the first Supertwin spoils ahead of Simon Edmundson and Mark Tomkinson, but a snapped crank in race two while in a dominant lead ended Walton’s weekend and left Tomkinson to scoop the remaining 75 points.
Standard Twin ace Daniel Good stole the lead in the championship with two wins and two seconds, nudging Andrew Mason off the top spot in the points chase.
DPJ Build Suzuki rider Good powered to a nearly 30s winning margin in the first two races ahead of Richard Hammond and Alan Ellis, but Ellis came to the fore in the final two scraps, beating Good by 0.5s and 1.4s while J&S Flooring’s Jonathan Wells took three thirds to Hammond’s one.
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