LLOYD Shelley has defended two Darley Moor championships in dominant fashion, continuing his flawless run of form this weekend with six wins from six starts.
Although he missed one round due to conflicting Thundersport GB duties, the Burntwood racer has won every race he’s started at the Derbyshire circuit on his way to the club’s Formula 600 and Sound of Thunder titles.
After setting the fastest lap in practice on Sunday morning, Shelley went on to lead 37 of the 44 racing laps in his six races, setting the fastest lap of the race in five of those six.
In the very first race of the day, the Peak Cup, he slotted in behind leaders Andy Taylor and Carl Morris. But by lap two, Shelley had moved past Morris and set about closing the gap on Taylor as he recorded the fastest lap of the day.
He passed Taylor on lap five and put his head down to pull out 2.7 seconds by the chequered flag, taking his first win of the weekend.
Taylor again led the opening lap of the afternoon’s 10 lap Peak Cup race, but Shelley made his move even faster this time and was in the lead by the end of lap two as he powered to victory nearly 10 seconds ahead of Taylor and Morris.
In the first Formula 600 scrap, Shelley led lights to flag ahead of Matthew Zschiesche and Carl Booth. But Booth led early in race two before being passed by Shelley just as the battle for second place ensued.
Zschiesche came through from fourth to second within just two laps, but Richard Stubbs charged past both Booth in third and Zschiesche in second on the final lap to take the runner-up spot just 0.1 seconds clear of the final rostrum challenger, with Shelley over five seconds in the distance with the win.
Not content with defending one title, Shelley also controlled the Sound of Thunder races on his Triumph 675, putting the three cylinder machine 13 seconds ahead of fellow Daytona pilots Rich Baker in race one and five ahead of Zschiesche in race two as Jamie Horner bagged two thirds.
This weekend the Staffordshire native heads up the road to Oulton Park for the penultimate round of Thundersport GB, where he’ll be chasing the 600 Sportsman championship that he currently leads.
*Main image: Neil Kirby
*Side image: Tony Else