GP Originals: Another clean sweep for Kennaugh at Donington Park

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HUDSON Kennaugh picked up where he left off last month as he stormed to all three wins in the second round of the GP Originals series at Donington Park.

More than 33 riders entered round two of the JL Exhausts-supported 350 and 250cc championships as they joined the Endurance Legends event at the iconic track.

Following his clean sweep at Cadwell Park last month, Kennaugh wasted no time in establishing himself as the man to beat, as he clocked the fastest lap in qualifying aboard his Veryard Racing Yamaha TZ350.

Round two saw 33 riders take to the grid at Donington Park…

Second quickest Dan Walling, as Richard Parker managed to bag the final front row spot.

Cool weather as the first race began made for perfect conditions for the two-strokes, as Kennaugh hit the front, and the stunning original TZ350G of former World Classic champ and Manx GP winner Glen English took up second position, determined to prove that an original spec machine is more than capable of running at the sharp end.

As Kennaugh cleared off into the distance, the battle raged between second and fifth, with the likes of Nigel Palmer, Fernando Mendes, Walling and Chris Moore jostling for position.

Palmer, on the smaller 250cc machine, managed to break away slightly to start chasing English and managed to pip him to the line by just 0.104secs for second, as Kennaugh celebrated his first win of the weekend 22 seconds up the road.

Glen English’s stunning original TZ350G is a true reflection of what the championship is all about…

The weather threw its hand in just before race two, and the pack faced a greasy track as they headed to the grid. Mendes found himself caught out on a set of new rubber and crashed out of the warm up lap, ending his race before it had begun.

This time it was English who had the early pace, taking the lead and pulling out an early gap, as Kennaugh was forced to play catch up.

But English’s hopes of victory were scuppered right at the end when the former National Superstock 1000 Champion sneaked through to take the win by just 0.221secs.

Ex Padgett’s rider Dave Crampton took third some 32 seconds behind, as Palmer narrowly missed out on an overall podium in fourth, but was once again the first 250cc runner home.

The weather picked up on Sunday for the final scrap of the weekend, and this time Kennaugh wasn’t prepared to hang about.

Clive Ling aboard the rare Harley Davidson RR250 – thought to be one of just a handful in the world still competing…

Storming into the lead he posted a new GP Originals lap record of 1.16:834mins to take a lights-to-flag victory.

Behind, things were far more dramatic as the battle heated up, but in the end it was Mendes who came to the fore on his 250 machine, taking second just 0.241secs ahead of Palmer.

Kennaugh bagged the cash awards for both the championship results and the Xclusiv Events fastest 350cc lap, while Palmer took top honours in the 250 class. Palmer also took the Xclusiv Events prizes for fastest 250 lap and the best placed Masters (over 55) rider.

*Main image: Paul Soulby

*Glen English image: Russell Lee

*Other side images: Spyre Ltd

*Click here for full results from the Endurance Legends event at Donington Park

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