BEMSEE riders descended on an unseasonably sunny Snetterton this weekend as champions were crowned and others kept the fight alive.
It was the final round of the Rookie 1000 and Rookie 600 series, supported by L&W Contractors, and while Cedric Bloch had already secured the 600 title, the Rookie 1000 champion was still being disputed.
Seb Jenkins arrived at the Norfolk circuit with a 22-point advantage over Luke Dixon, with four second places enough to secure the title.
Dixon was determined to do what he could and raced unchallenged to victory in race one, but Jenkins was doing what he needed to and took the runner-up spot ahead of Daniel Tinsley.
It was a repeat performance for the two championship protagonists in the second race, with Dixon winning from Jenkins as Paul Gallington took the final podium spot.
Dixon got his break in race three though and after bagging another win with Jenkins third, behind Gallington, the gap was down to three points with a race to go.
But Dixon had a fight on his hands in the final race, as he and Jenkins diced in the early laps before Dixon pulled some five seconds ahead. His challenge ended in heartbreak, however, as he crashed out on the final lap and handed victory and the title to Jenkins.
In the Rookie 600 races four winners stood atop the podium as Elliot Fricker, Toby Reynolds, 2019 champion Bloch and Tom Vaughan all tasted victory.
Just 20 points split Jamie Kelman and Michael Mills at the top of the Team Respro MRO 600 championship and after varying results for the both of them, that gap extended to 24 points for Kelman with a round to go.
A third for Mills and a fifth for Kelman in race one – as he came from the back of the grid after a problem in qualifying – saw Mills recover ground in the championship chase. He crossed the line behind pole-sitter Hayden Platton’s NR Racing Kawasaki and the ZX-6R of Daniel Brooks. Nick Whitcher took the Clubman win sixth, with championship leader Michael White seventh.
One and a half seconds split eventual winner Kelman and Mills in race two, but in between them were Platton and Brooks, as the quartet battled for the race win.
Whitcher’s sixth gave him another Clubman win, further eating into White’as advantage, as he finished fourth in class aboard his Race Lab Suspension Yamaha.
Sunday’s first race gave Phased Out Racing’s Kelman another chance to increase his series lead, as he again won from Platton, with Shane Norval this time third and Mills fourth. Dawid Krawiecki kept the pressure on White in the Clubman class, but a DNF for Whitcher dented his title hopes, as he crashed out of a winning position.
Mills kept his title hopes alive with victory in the final race, but sixth for Kelman means he takes a 24-point lead into the final round. Stephen Draper and Norval completed the podium.
Whitcher returned to the top step of the Clubman podium, finishing eighth overall, ensuring the title fight will go down to the final round at Brands Hatch, as White finished third in the Clubman class.
Chris Rogers will have to wait until the final round to find out who is the 2019 Chilton Motors MZ champion, but he remains the odds-on favourite after extending his lead.
Rogers missed out on the podium in race one, finishing fourth behind Robert Dessoy – who was still harbouring slim championship ambitions – Alexander Mann and Peter Woodall. After that it was a run of three straight second place finishes to extend his series lead.
The first, in the second race on Saturday, came behind Andrew Wales as third went to Woodall, the trio racing across the line split by less than a tenth of a second. He was then runner-up again in both of Sunday’s races.
He finished behind Mann in race one, with Wales third, before Woodall took victory in the final race of the weekend. Rogers, who takes a 77-point lead to Brands, was second, two tenths ahead of Wales.
Four wins from four races allowed Phil Ellis to close in on Tom Barrett at the top of the G-Force Blue Haze GP standings, while Paul Toland extended his lead in the GPF production-based class.
Ellis qualified on pole, but victory in race one went to GPF runner Andrew Burscough, with Toland second in class and overall. Ellis was the GP winner in third ahead of Andrew Davies fourth and third in the GPF class, as the top four were covered by less than a second.
It was a far smoother affair for Ellis in race two, as he took victory by 10sec while Burscough‘s second place gave him the GPF win, as Gael Machard took third. Ellis’ margin of victory then extended to a whopping 17 seconds in the first of Sunday’s two races. The GPF winner was Andy Davies in second overall, as Roger Marsh finished third overall, second in the GP class.
An Ellis and Marsh’s GP class and overall one-two rounded out the weekend, with Burscough third and the GPF winner.
Tommy Philp secured the RKB-F1 Sidecar crown ahead of his wildcard at Assen this weekend, partnering Tom Bryant to rest regular passenger Jonny Allum. On Saturday Philp took a brace of wins with Allum in the chair of his Brian Gray/Powerbiking LCR outfit, before taking two more wins to secure the F1 crown on Sunday with Bryant onboard.
Allison Lawrence and Kez Hughes finished second in race one in front of Charlie Morphett and Paul Halliburton, who extended their F2 championship lead with the class victory. It was a repeat podium in Saturday’s second outing.
Philp and new teammate Bryant raced to a dominant win in the first of Sunday’s encounters, with second going to Jon Bicknell and Pete Ensor’s LCR Kawasaki. Morphett and Halliburton added another third place finish to their tally and another F2 class win.
It was an all-F1 podium in the final race, as Philp and Bryant won from Bicknell and Ensor and Scott and Lee Edwards, but Morphett and Halliburton’s F2 class dominance was complete with another win in fourth overall.
DFDS Yamaha Past Masters leader Doug Edmondson extended his points gap this weekend, sweeping to all four with a new lap record while title rival Scott Carson could only limit the damage in second.
Scott Grant – returning from injury – raced to an impressive third in race one from 12th on the grid, before Peter Branton took the bronze medal position in race two. Simon Clark and Geoff Mook took a Clubman win apiece.
Grant added an additional brace of thirds to his results haul from the weekend on Sunday, as Mook and Neil Grant this time shared the Clubman spoils. The results mean Edmondson takes a 59-point lead into the finale.
Glynn Davies had already cemented himself as this year’s EDIasia Formula 400 champ and at Snetterton, Edmondson clinched the Sub-64bhp class crown.
It was Chris Burrage who set pole and went on to win race one ahead of Davies, a second that gap between two riders who were the class of the field. They took the chequered flag 24 seconds before third place man Dan Ruth while Edmondson took the Sub-64 win in sixth.
The action at the sharp end was much the same in race two, with Davies this time getting the better of race one-winner Burrage. The gap came down, as well, to two tenths of a second. Matthew Scott was third, nearly half a minute back, but he was only half a second ahead of Edmondson in fourth, as he added another class win to his name.
It was a Davies, Burrage and Scott podium in the first of Sunday’s two races, but after a mistake on the opening lap cost him nearly 20 seconds, Burrage had to come through the field to claim his runner-up spot. Fifth gave Edmondson another Sub-64 win.
Davies rode unchallenged to the win in the final race, with Burrage absent from proceedings. Edmondson raced to an incredible second overall to take the Sub-64 honours and seal the championship in the process. Scott was third.
In the new Junior Supersport class, Owen Jenner picked up three wins, with the fourth going to Kam Dixon.
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