JOSH Day was back on the box with four wins to add to his championship tally as he battled George Stanley at Snetterton this weekend.
While 20-year-old Stanley bagged NG Road Racing’s final big bike win of the weekend, the points haul comes as a relief for Day, whose last round at Cadwell ended with his ZX10R needed major repairs to make it to the Norfolk track.
But the reigning club champ was straight back up to speed on the Snetterton 200 Circuit, sticking the Kendrick and Spalding Kawasaki on pole for the Phoenix Open scrap, with Allister Haynes and Chris Pope completing the front row.
In the wet first race, Day charged to victory with 14 seconds to spare over Superbike newbie Haynes, with AFB Motorcycles’ Chris Pope grabbing his best result of the year in third, despite a run onto the grass.
After the floods had cleared and conditions dried on Sunday morning, Day was back out in front, but this time Hawk Racing Suzuki’s National Superstock man Stanley was in his wheel tracks.
The Leicester rider looked up for the challenge early on, but Day gradually pulled a way a tenth at a time on his way to a two-second victory.
In the scrap for third, Haynes, Pope, Gary Stevens, Nick Williamson, Mick Goodings and George Hindle battled it out before RBM Industrial’s Williamson finally took the rostrum spot, while www.sevenonestudios.co.uk man Haynes’ race ended in a huge crash at Coram.
Victory in race three gave Day a hat-trick, but this time Stanley hung on a bit longer and was just over a second adrift at the line.
The two front-running protagonists also clashed in the Bluebell Lakes Powerbike battles, where the former National champion took yet another win in race one from Stanley and the returning Peter Baker taking third for the Dodfrey Engineering crew.
It looked to be going Day’s way again in the final battle of the weekend, but Stanley eclipsed his earlier lap records to set the new outright club lap record at 1:10.727s as he finally took victory by just half a second, while Baker brought home another third.
Despite not sweeping the event, day feels he’s finally turned a corner, and hopes to now get his season back on track.
“Overall, the weekend was good – we had some more issues from the crash at Cadwell to deal with on Friday, but we got it sorted thanks to a few guys in the paddock who loaned us more parts,” he told UK Clubsport.
“We lost the last race by just being tight and running a old front tyre which I wasn’t willing to crash on… I don’t think anyone would’ve spoke to me.
“I’m a bit annoyed as we would have had our first clean sweep on the big bike, and after track walk on Friday telling everyone be careful on front tyres, as Snetterton eats them, I made the mistake myself!
“It’s been a testing year so far but hopefully we’re now on the turn around. Thanks to the whole NG paddock and team as we wouldn’t have been at Snet without them.”
*Main and Stanley images: EDP Photo News
*Bottom side image: Bryan Walker