Ash Barnes is launching a late-season charge for the Team Green Junior Cup Championship, after taking three wins from four races around the Brands Hatch GP circuit.
He arrived at the Kentish venue nearly 100 points off the championship lead, but started the weekend the right way by winning race one. He also benefited from series leader Lewis Jones’ DNF, while second in the standings, Tony Davies, finished fourth.
Barnes win was anything but nailed on, however, with six hundredths of a second his winning advantage from Jamie Le Masurier. Third was Cameron Brown, making it an all Junior class podium. Davies was the Senior class winner in fourth.
The result sheet suggests it was an easier win for Barnes in race two, as he crossed the line a quarter of a minute up on the chasing pack. However, he was again involved in a thrilling battle for the lead with Le Masurier until he crashed out on the final lap.
Harrison Dessoy – part of a group of five fighting for the final podium spot initially – was promoted to second, ahead of Jones. 3D Racing’s Davies was again fourth, and again the Senior class winner behind a podium of Junior class runners.
Barnes edged closer still to Davies and Jones at the top of the overall championship standings in Sunday’s opening race, but he was again made to race for it as he took the chequered flag two tenths of a second in front of Jones. Elliot Dufton was third, and runaway Senior championship leader Davies was the class victor in sixth.
The perfect weekend was sadly out of reach for Barnes, as he carded a DNF in race four. Fortunately for him he was joined on the sidelines by both Jones and Davies, meaning he lost no more ground to them in the championship chase.
Le Masurier picked up the win, with Sam Cox second and the winning Senior competitor, and Christopher Johnson third as the runner-up in the Junior category.
The Kent circuit also hosted the maiden outing for Bemsee’s new Junior Supersport class with the grid featuring a mix of Kawasaki, Yamaha and KTM machinery.
Despite the variety in manufacturers, however, there was little variety in the winners, with Adon Davie taking a trio of wins. The other victory of the weekend went to Owen Jenner.
The class didn’t fail to produce the close racing Junior Supersport has become synonymous with though, as half a second covered the top four in race one. It was Jenner who crossed the line first however, ahead of Harry Fowle and Lynden Leatherland.
After that though, Davie had the measure of the field, running out a triple winner. Yet the close racing still made for quite the spectacle.
Win number one came ahead of Jenner and Fowle, half a second again covering the top four as Leatherland missed out on the podium. That gap was just three tenths of a second in Sunday’s first race, as he beat Fowle and Leatherland, this time with Jenner going away without a trophy.
The final win for Davie saw him joined on the podium by Jenner and Fowle, this time the top six were covered by a little over two seconds.
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