PHIL WEBBER, John Warwick and new boy James McHardy shared the honours at the weekend as the Formula Prostocks series headed to Oulton Park for the second round of the year.
And the hot weather could only be matched by the scorching action on track, as 30 bikes arrived at the Cheshire circuit to tackle the Black Widow Exhausts Suzuki Bandit Challenge and the Post Classic class – now sponsored by Properly Protected Insurance – which make up the Formula Prostocks grid.
Friday’s test sessions brought more than their fair share of incidents, including Brian Warburton who got a bit too exuberant on the first day out and overcooked it going into Old Hall.
Despite an evening of rebuilding the bike he was gutted to still be sidelined from Saturday’s races due to severe swelling of his hand.
Other casualties included John Ward at Lodge, and Glynn Nicholls who outbraked himself at Shell Oils, but managed it upright through the gravel and parked it up against the tyres without damage.
Post Classics runner Phil Webber took pole on his GSXR 750, followed by new boy James McHardy, Glynn Nichols and Keith Chambers.
As Race One got underway, Webber took the lead followed closely by McHardy, Nichols, newcomer and former CRMC production champion John Warwick and Chambers.
But Chambers outbraked himself at the bottom of the hill on the first lap and went straight on over the grass at Hizzy’s, losing time and track position.
Up front the battle for the lead was heating up, until the start of lap four when Nicholls pushed a bit too hard and decked out, the bike cartwheeling through the gravel and into the scrap bin as a write off.
The battle for the front continued all the way to the final lap when UK Clubsport’s Rookie Diaries man Gareth Sutton highsided at Lodge. The rest of the field passed under a yellow flag to finish, as Sutton was taken to the medical centre.
He was eventually taken to Stoke hospital with a concussion and was released that evening having being diagnosed with bruising on his brain.
The Bandit Challenge finished with McHardy taking his maiden victory, from Warwick, Chambers, Matt Baker and Will Harrison.
At the start of Race Two, Webber again got away well closely followed by McHardy, Warwick and Chambers.
But things quickly got a bit tight, and moments later McHardy ran into the back of Webber going into Hizzy’s. Webber managed to stay on and continue across the grass to re-join the circuit still in the lead, but McHardy was not quite so lucky and went down.
Webber held onto the lead but soon found himself in a battle with Warwick who pushed him all the way, they both took the win in their respective classes.
Webber won the Post Classics ahead of Andrew Howe and Andreas Jelden as Warwick was top Bandit home ahead of Chambers and Scott Holmes.
Warwick was followed across the line by Bandit boys Chambers and Scott Holmes with Mick Pennell fourth.
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