THREE teams wrapped up their No Limits Racing Endurance title fights this weekend as Cunnington, Pertemps Networks and On It Racing clinched the crowns.
But after Saturday’s six-hour scrap, the scrap for Clubman 600 class honours will go down to the wire next month at Croft as RJS Superbike and Datasys Racing do battle.
When action got underway for qualifying, it was ADSS Kawasaki who topped the times to take pole position as they looked set to try and take the National Endurance 1000 fight to the October finale with team regular Craig Watson joined by BSB team boss Darren Fry and Superstock 1000 front-runner Lee Jackson.
While it was a scramble off the start as rain soaked the circuit, Fast Past Pits’ Truelove brothers Matt and Harry got the early lead before Team DMR and ADSS took over at the front. But the shake-up continued as National 600 leaders Pertemps Network Racing hit the lead before MGP Racing levered them aside.
But it was eventually JJL Racing, made up of Lloyd Hopkinson and Superstock regulars Barry Teasdale and Paul McClung, who made amends for their pit lane start by taking up the lead on lap nine and stretching a gap ahead of KDA Racing.
With nearly 30 laps complete, however, JJL was eclipsed by the hard-charging Trueloves who, despite a pit stop, still managed to maintain the lead as yellow flags slowed action with 43 laps in the bag and just over four hours remaining.
Despite another trip to the pits a few laps after green flags were waved, the Fast Past Pits squad kept control of the race for the next half hour before championship leaders Cunnington took over, but the Trueloves were soon back at the front as the two teams continued to dice for the overall lead.
But with less than two hours to go, Cunnington was back in front as they stretched a 30sec advantage over the British championship brothers before another pit stop left Fast Past Pits more than a minute off the lead with less than 50 minutes remaining.
And although they made a blistering charge to cut their deficit in the final half hour, the Trueloves came up some 14sec short at the chequered flag, leaving Liam Murtagh, Joe Collier and Luke Hedger to take the win and with their championship rivals back in fifth, the Cunnington boys scooped the National 1000 Endurance crown.
JJL completed the podium ahead of Tech 5 Racing and ADSS, while Andrew Stockdale, Mark Bridger and Max Morgan successfully defended the Clubman 1000 crown for On It Racing in sixth overall.
Reigning National 600 champions Pertemps Network Racing also reigned supreme in their title defence after Jane Nixon, Ben Wotton and Joe Connoly scored a class win in ninth, just ahead of Datasys riders Martyn Siviter, Sean Kenyon, Mark Daines and Jeremy Watson, the latter of whom got one over on their Clubman 600 rivals to take the fight to Croft with RJS.
*Main and top image: Camipix Photography
*Bottom image: Alex James