DOM Herbertson dropped a bomb at the weekend as he busted NLR’s Supertwin lap record en route to a hat-trick at Donington Park.
The roads ace took DC Racing’s Kawasaki 650 to a 1:13.518, destroying both No Limits’ and Thundersport GB’s record by more than half a second, the latter set by factory Krämer man Lukas Wimmer back in 2018.
But after missing out on qualifying, it was CFMoto rider Tommy Downes who notched up pole position on his Standard Twin with Chris Barnes and another stocker of Daniel Good rounding out the top three.
Downes and Barnes quickly began to edge away from the field as the lights went out for Saturday’s opening race in a battle of Super vs Standard and despite Barnes’ best efforts, he fell just 0.291sec short at the flag as Downes bagged the win.
Roddy Taylor nabbed third overall some seven seconds back while Good crossed the line second of the Standard Twins another seven seconds adrift. James McManus pipped fellow British Junior Supersport runner for the top F400 spot while Daniel Swift bagged the CB500 spoils.
In race two, Herbertson was forced to start down the grid but quickly moved through the field and was up to fifth by the end of the first lap, behind Barnes, Downes, Taylor and McManus.
By lap two he scythed through to second behind Taylor and just a lap later, the Geordie snatched the lead and began tearing away en route to a 16sec victory over 400 class winner Tom Booth-Amos, who narrowly edged McManus. Good was back on top of the box for the Standard Twins while Paul Manning nicked the CB500 win from Martin Radford.
It was more of the same for Herbertson in race three and despite a difficult start where he dropped to 20th on the first lap, he was back up ahead of race leader Taylor by the end of lap seven as Taylor dropped down the order, leaving Herbertson with a 12sec winning margin over Booth-Amos.
Good notched up another victory some 1.7sec over Downes while Swift had a clear run to his second CB500 win of the weekend.
Back on pole for the final race, Herbertson led from lights to flag as he stormed to a whopping 34.6sec win, notching up the new record lap time as he completed his hat-trick.
McManus beat Dixon to another 400 win while Robert Childs halted Good’s hat-trick charge in the Standard class, as Swift made it three from four on his CB500.