DARLEY Moor burst back into life this past weekend as the club’s riders hit the Tarmac for the opening round of a curtailed season.
The opening race for the regular championship classes saw Jamie Hanks-Elliott record her first overall victory in the Junior class, but it was a close finish with Senior class winner David Glossop making a late attack on the lead, finishing just 0.54sec behind Hanks-Elliott at the flag.
Proving it was no fluke she then did the double in race two while Glossop was never any further than one second behind as he finished just 0.3sec shy of victory.
In the first combined Lightweight/CB500, Mark Brailsford got the quickest start and headed the field for the first four laps, until Jake Bradley hit the front after sitting fifth on the opening lap. Back out again, Hanks-Elliott was on his tail for two laps but was not able to make the pass.
Bradley then managed to squeeze by Brailsford on the penultimate lap to win by 0.65sec at the flag. Keeping Hanks-Elliott at bay, Simon Lehane was able to take third overall, the second Lightweight machine home, while Liam Clements was the second CB500 machine home in sixth.
The second encounter saw Lehane lead the opening lap with Bradley second until Jack Worth, who failed to finish the first race, passed both on lap two to hit the front and open a 3.8sec lead at the chequered flag. Brailsford was the first CB500 machine home again in fourth overall.
Last season, Josh Daley and Ash Stone duked it out in the Peak Cup and Open Soloranks as they each bagged a title for their efforts, but last weekend it was the Daley show as the roads man took four victories and four fastest laps while Stone only able to lead the opening lap of the second Open Solo race and had to settle for second place each time.
In the Peak Cup class Richard Wardle was able to get his 600cc ahead of the remaining 1000cc machines to record two third places while Tim Poole, on his Pre-Injection machine, took third overall in both combined Open Solo – Pre-Injection races.
Steve Boam took the overall win in both the Classic & Forgotten Era races on his 1000cc machine as Steve Clark following him home on both occasions on his 1170cc machine. Dean Stimpson took the class victories in the 251cc – 500cc class, with two fourths overall. Oliver Cooper scooped the honours for the Up to 250cc class on his 125cc machine with a 10th and 12th place overall.
The opening Pre-Electronic 600 & 700 Twins race saw a dramatic finish with Ben Dale having led from the opening lap with Liam Weston in his wake for the first three laps, before Stuart Bradbury made his way into second place on lap four as he put the pressure on Dale who was 3.4sec ahead. Dale halved his deficit on the penultimate lap, but a DNF handed victory to Bradbury.
Weston led the opening lap of the second race until Bradbury found his way through to the lead on the second lap. Dale had to make up for a slower start, finishing lap one in seventh before moving into third and cutting the two-second gap to Weston down to just 0.6sec at the flag and recording the fastest lap of the race in doing so. Meanwhile in the Twins class, it was two dominant wins for David Carson with a fourth and fifth overall.
The first Formula 600 race provided the closest finish of the solo classes after Harry Jackson was able to just hold-off Richard Wardle in a frantic scrap as they were never more than 0.5sec apart throughout before Jackson took the win by just 0.19sec at the flag.
In race two, Wardle record a lights-to-flag victory after Jackson took several laps to pass Ben Rea for second place, finally finishing 5.5sec behind Wardle.
Four wheels and regular Darley Moor guests, the Superkart – UK Kart Racing Club provided the closest finish of the day with Kirk Cattermole recording his best lap of the race to pass race long leader, Ollie Rideout on the final lap and take the victory by just 0.1sec. The second race saw Cattermole record a start-to-finish victory, 1.4sec ahead of Rideout.
On three wheels, Dan Knight/Ben Hughes (Macclesfield) led the Sidecars for the first two laps, but they retired on lap three, handing the lead to Howard Baker/Mike Killingsworth who were able to finish 10sec ahead of another Formula 600 outfit of the Roger/Bradley Stockton pairing. Steve Thomas/Danny Lewis were the first Open Sidecar pairing home in third.
In the second race, the final scrap of the day, the Baker/Killingsworth pairing got the quicker start and stayed out in front until the final lap after Knight/Hughes made up for their slower start. Fourth at the end of the opening lap, they then managed to get up to second on lap two, just 0.6sec behind the leaders, and with the help of the fastest lap of the race on the final lap they hit the front and won by 0.3sec.