JOSH Day’s dominant weekend in Wales was almost cut short with a big crash in the penultimate race, but it wasn’t before he had a chance to destroy the NG lap record.
The reigning champ’s winning run was temporarily halted thanks to his accident in the Powerbikes final, which put the Dayo Racing R1 up in flames, but a borrowed bike for the last races meant he ended the round on top.
After scorching to pole position for both classes, Day controlled every lap of the first Open race, leaving J&C Symonds Ltd’s 600-mounted Max Symonds to a lone third some 20sec adrift while True Heroes Racing rider Dave Mackay took third after powering past Gary Stevens early on.
It was the same story for Day in the first Powerbikes race as he led lights-to-flag with 26sec to spare over Radstock man Stevens, clocking a class lap record in the process and leaving Phil Webber to pip Richard Hughes for the final podium spot by just over three tenths of a second.
Day was straight back on the pace in Sunday morning’s Open race as he powered to the club’s outright lap record with a 57.290, while Mackay beat Symonds to second by just over half a second.
But it all went pear-shaped as he crashed out of the next Powerbikes race, all but destroying his R1 as it went up in flames, leaving AFB Motorcycles’ Chris Pope to cruise to victory over Hughes and Leigh Corfield – doubling up after his morning Cadwell-replacement-race win.
After the skip trip, Day borrowed Paul Messenger’s R6 and managed to make the final two races, beating Mackay and Symonds to the Open spoils before blasting to the Powerbikes win with almost 10sec to spare over Pope and Allister Haynes.
With a return to Ducati TriOptions Cup duties looming, he even hit the Sound of Thunder grid where he flew to yet another win and class lap record on Saturday.
While Day sits just 41 points ahead of Pope in the Powerbike standings, he could clinch the Open title at Anglesey next month with 172 points over Mackay.
*Action images: EDP Photo News
*Crash image: Hairy Beast Pix