ELLIOT Pinson has stretched a gap over Jamie Kelman in Bemsee’s Team Green Championship after the two shared wins with Owen Jenner at Silverstone.
Not only did he take control of the Overall series with his pair of outright victories, but the 2016 double champ also now leads the Junior series after three wins and a second in class, pulling a 53-point lead over James Dutton.
The 14-year-old destroyed the pack in qualifying, beating Kelman to pole by a massive two seconds while Michael Stone completed the front row of the grid.
Kelman grabbed the early lead in race one as he stretched a 1.4s advantage on lap one, but it only took Pinson another lap to catch up and by the third time around Silverstone he had nabbed the lead.
From there, he was unstoppable as he powered his family-supported Ninja 300 to the win nearly six seconds clear of the Fastlane Motorcycles Kawasaki of Kelman, with Stone picking up third.
It was all too similar a story in Saturday’s second race as Kelman once again nabbed the holeshot, but in a repeat of race one Pinson took over at the front and took another six seconds out of Kelman and Stone at the chequered flag.
But Sunday’s weather took a turn for the worse as racers were faced with damp conditions that quickly turned wet. And with Pinson sporting a dry rear tyre in a wet-tyre situation, the win was up to Kelman and Stone.
Stone never let the lead slip by more than half a second, but he couldn’t stay out front and Kelman edged to victory by 0.274s, while Reece Guyett bagged third for an all-Senior podium as Pinson took his third Junior win of the weekend in fifth.
In the final race of the weekend, however, Jenner was the Ninja to beat as he dominated in the wet to take the win a whopping 14.557s clear of Pinson and first Senior Damian Rowley.
While he struggled with a gear malfunction on Sunday, Pinson admitted he was happy to come away from Silverstone with a solid points haul.
“It was dry on Saturday so I could push and managed to take pole, two race wins and set a new lap record 0.3s faster than the old one,” he told UK Clubsport.
“Sunday conditions weren’t good, so I wasn’t going to push and risk losing championship points. I also had a dry rear tyre for race one when full wets were needed.
“In race two, my visor misted up so I couldn’t see properly, but I still got a win and a second. Thanks to all at Bemsee and the other riders for the racing, and my sponsors.”
*Images: Jenny Wells