ASH Barnes and Lewis Jones will take their Team Green Junior Cup fight to the wire at Brands Hatch after sharing wins at Snetterton.
While Barnes looked set to take a big step closer to the title after scooping three wins from three races, a DNF in race four and win for rival Lewis Jones means it will go down to next month’s finale.
But the Senior series was all wrapped up as three second-place finishes for Tony Davies gave him the title, despite Martin Cooper taking four wins.
Davies began the weekend with a colossal 198-point advantage, and as such ensured he played it safe to secure the title with a round to spare. He qualified second quickest in class, and three finishes behind Cooper were enough to give him an unassailable championship lead.
Comparatively, coming into the weekend the gap was just nine points between Barnes and Jones in the Junior championship, and Barnes set about extending that advantage from the off, taking pole and winning twice on Saturday and once on Sunday.
His Saturday wins came ahead of Christopher Johnson and Elliot Dufton, with Jones twice third. He then won Sunday’s opener, beating Harrison Dessoy and Dufton, as Jones took fourth.
As a result, he’d extended his points advantage to 39 points, but the final race allowed Jones to whittle that down to 14 points with 100 to play for at the final round, as the pair battled at the front.
Barnes led the opening lap, but Jones got himself in front a lap later, only for Dufton to make it three race-leaders in as many laps as five riders found themselves split by just one second.
The lead continued to change as Jones held it on lap four while Barnes was back in charge on lap five and six, but it all ended for the championship leader on the final lap as he crashed out along with Dufton, handing Jones the win and a championship lifeline.
Senior class rider Cooper took his fourth win in fifth overall, as newly-crowned champion Davies opted not to start.
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