THE weather may have done its best to dampen the day at the fifth round of the EMRA series, but it failed to curb the action at Mallory Park at the weekend.
It turned out to be a challenging day, with constant changes in conditions making it tricky for the riders along with the drama of a huge oil spill on lap one of qualifying.
While race one began in sunshine, by the time the riders had reached Edwina’s the rain was lashing down and the race stopped. The downpour affected the covering on the oil slick at the hairpin, resulting in an early lunch break.
This meant 19 races were held from 1pm and organisers managed to pull-off each one, although were forced to cut the race distance of the last few.
BSB favourite Brad Ray won the opening Buildbase Mallory Trophy with Lee Wilson second after a race-long scrap with Louis Dawson.
But Ray opted to pull out of the second race after rain hit, leaving Dawson to duke it out with Wilson again. This time it was Dawson who took the win with Wilson second as Luke Burnett took the 600 open spoils in both races.
The first Allcomers race looked like going to Dawson in the early stages but as the track dried, Ryan Oliver managed to get by on lap eight and edge away to win, the result being reversed in the second race.
Steve Brittain has still not been beaten in the Pre-Injection/Steel Frame events, although it looked as though that record was going to go in the first race as Kaine Sherriff led early on.
He was passed by Brittain later in the race but then got ahead once more, only to tip off at the hairpin with two laps to go.
Brittain was well ahead of the rest of his class in the second race but found himself battling with Joseph Thomas on a Minitwin Suzuki, finishing a tenth of a second down, but making it ten out of ten wins in the class.
Earlystocks and Formula Lightweight bikes make an interesting and well-matched combination and Darren Corkett’s VFR400 finished a fifth of a second ahead of James Fisher on a CBX Honda after a real David and Goliath struggle.
In the second race it was Mark Ess on his beautiful Rothmans-liveried VFR750 who beat Corkett by half a second.
Luke Burnett has dominated the Powerslide/Properly Protected Rookie series all season, and he continued his run of victories, making it nine out of ten with a double over Rafal Kisyk with Cory Wilson third in both.
Jodie Fieldhouse won both 450 races from Louis Jones, with Kim Rose taking the GP125 class both times while Paul Kirby and Thomas Graves won both sidecar events.
The 500 class continues to be one of the most exciting on the programme and in the first race, championship leader Martin Radford started from pole position, but crashed out on the first lap.
Mitchell Baines – who was later taken to hospital after a big crash at the start of race two – shared the wins with Paul Sawyer and William Shaw while the 500 Twins races were won by Carl Stevens and Rob Carver.
*Images: Sid Diggins, Neil Kirby