MICHAEL Evans and Jamie Cringle rocketed to new records as they shared the spoils at ARA’s return event at Jurby this weekend.
The duo stayed out front all weekend and controlled the field with fierce battles in both the 600cc and 1300cc Solo Centre championship races.
Running anti-clockwise on Saturday, Cringle clocked the quickest 600 lap to score pole position while Evans led the charge in the 1000cc ranks.
It was nip and tuck in the opening 600 scrap as Cringle laid down a new lap record of 1’06.948, but Evans squeezed ahead and held on to take the chequered flag by less than a second, with Tom Burnett rounding out the podium. More of the same followed for Evans in the second 600 race of the day, but this time Cringle sliced the gap down to just 0.345sec.
The opening big bike race of the weekend was Cringle’s to lose after Evans missed the pit exit and was forced to start from the back before powering up to P2, knocking Rory Parker back to third on the final lap as Cringle took the win. But Evans was back on the ball in Saturday’s second big bike race with victory and a new lap record of 1’06.014 as Cringle trailed by some 0.828sec.
Race chiefs flipped the script on Sunday and changed the direction of racing back to clockwise, but it didn’t stop the two front-runners from getting straight back to winning ways.
The first 600 race on Sunday proved to be one of the tightest of the weekend, with just 0.099sec separating the leaders as Cringle took victory, but it was another close on in the final supersport race as Evans bagged the win by a mere 0.108sec – with Burnett once again scooping a pair of thirds.
Less than half a second clear of Cringle, it was another Evans big bike win in the first 1000cc scrap of the day, but he couldn’t make it a double as Cringle powered ahead in the final to win by more than five seconds with Ryan Kneen leading Parker to the final step of the rostrum.