Formula Prostocks: Prebble stretches lead as McHardy busts lap record

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HARLEY Prebble scorched to another perfect weekend at Cadwell as he boosted his points gap over reigning Suzuki GB Motul Bandit Challenge champ James McHardy.

The racing heated up to match the perfect weather conditions as the one-make series moved to the Lincolnshire Wolds for its fourth round of the season.

In race one, the top three places were separated by less than one second with Prebble taking first place and despite settling for second place, McHardy clocked a new class lap record of 1:41.943.

Newcomer Sam Smith took the final rostrum honours in his first race with the class ahead of Carl Smalley in fourth and Dave Hatswell in fifth, which was also top spot in the Over 50s championship.

A mechanical issue forced McHardy out of the second race of the day on lap one, but Prebble increased his points tally after finishing first some five seconds ahead of Smith, who beat Smalley to second place by the narrowest of margins – just 0.076sec. Matt Jones and David Greenwood rounded out the top five.

Prebble extended his perfect steak on Sunday morning ahead of Smith in second, while a determined McHardy took the final rostrum spot despite starting from the back of the grid. Hatswell again took the honours in the Senior Cup by finishing fourth as Allan Jones took fifth.

But after near-perfect conditions, the heavens opened for the final race. This didn’t stop Prebble, however, as he powered to his fourth win on the trot ahead of runner-up McHardy in second and Smith in third.

Oil on the track, caused by Gary Cutts’ bike blowing up and bursting into flames resulting in both he and Jones crashing at the bottom of the Gooseneck, prompted red flags on lap six as a result declared.

The whole paddock was pleased to welcome back Brian Warburton after his nasty crash at Snetterton and Dave Bennoy who made his return after a health scare back in January.

Formula Prostocks heads to south Wales for round five at Pembrey next month as the Bandits, along with the FP1, FP2 and FP3 classes, return to action.

*Click here for results from NG Road Racing at Cadwell

*Images: Hairy Beast Pix

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