JOHN Ingram boosted his Pirelli Super Series 1000 points tally and scored the cash prize as he shared wins with Luke Hopkins at Cadwell Park this weekend.
The Fleetwood BMW rider and his young title rival did battle this past Saturday as Ingram moved a step closer to the No Limits crown.
While teen Hopkins scorched to pole by over half a second, it was RTS’ reigning champ James Edwards who hit the front early ahead of Hopkins and Lee Payne while Ingram dropped down to sixth.
As Edwards and Hopkins dragged away from Payne, who soon fell down the order to fifth, Ingram was climbing and by lap six, he had cut his four-second deficit in half to close on the leaders.
But disaster struck for Edwards with three laps to go as his Aprilia’s steering damper snapped, paving the way for Hopkins to jump into the lead and Ingram to follow just a lap later. And despite the Ram’s best attempts, he couldn’t get past Hopkins and instead had to settle for second, 0.340sec off the win, leaving Edwards to third.
With Hopkins missing from the grid on Sunday, however, it was all change as Ingram led from the off with Payne and Edwards in tow.
Edwards got past Payne on lap four just as RAF Regular and Reserves’ Gary Johnson closed the gap to the podium battle, the latter shooting from fourth to second on lap seven before Payne hit back two laps later to reclaim the runner-up spot.
But it was too late for either of them to catch Ingram, who cruised to the win some 1.2sec clear of Payne as Johnson held off endurance winner David Hall for third.
Edwards was back at the front of the final race as he and Ingram immediately gapped the field on the drying track – thanks to earlier showers.
Cover model Johnson, however, reeled the duo back in and levered Edwards aside to take over second at half distance as he set his sights on Ingram, no more than a few tenths up the road.
But three laps later, Johnson was way out of winning contention after losing over 14sec and dropping back behind Edwards, leaving Ingram clear to complete his Sunday double with over 12sec to spare.
*Images: Sid Diggins