ASH Barnes fended off season-long title rival Lewis Jones to lift Bemsee’s ACU Team Green Junior Cup as the two shared wins at Brands Hatch.
While the Senior Ninja series had already crowned Tony Davies as champion ahead of the finale, one of Britain’s hottest development championships – the Junior Cup – was still to be decided as just 10 points split the pair with only 17 between them in the Team Green Overall title chase.
But after points leader Barnes qualified on pole a full second quicker than Jones, he finished the job with three wins from four races to secure both championships.
He won both of Saturday’s races on his Barney Racing Ninja 300, with Jones following him home for two second places on his 151’s-sponsored machine as Elliot Dufton took third on both occasions.
Barnes and Jones were tied together at the front of both of Saturday’s races, swapping the lead between them. However, a mistake with three laps to go in race one cost Jones any chance of victory as he crossed the line two and a half seconds down.
In race two he – with Dufton in tow – took the fight all the way to the chequered flag as the pair crossed the line just a tenth behind Barnes. And although Jones and Dufton’s race time was identical on the timing sheets, Jones was judged to have edged it, but the result still meant Barnes further extended his championship leads.
Despite finishing fourth in Sunday’s opener – which Dufton won over Jones and Cameron Brown – Barnes wrapped it all up with victory in the final race as Dufton and Jones crossed the line in second and third respectively.
But were both handed 10-second penalty for yellow flag infringements, meaning Brown and Martin Cooper were promoted to the podium, the latter of whom also picked up four Senior class wins.
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