LEE Wells got his No Limits Racing title defence off to a perfect start at Snetterton with four wins from four as one of three club clean sweepers this weekend.
After bagging pole position on Saturday morning, the LS Joinery Triumph rider led all but one lap of the Pirelli Super Series 600 races to bag the Round One tyre prize. His only lap not at the front, the very first of the weekend, was led by Kime Racing’s Broderick Whitmore-Wilson.
Although he missed out on a runner-up finish in race two by just 0.050sec to Robert Childs, Whitmore-Wilson took three seconds and a third place while JRC Racing’s Childs took two thirds and R Alderson & Sons’ James Alderson nabbed the final podium spot.
Last year’s Newcomer 600 championship contender Jamie Cornfield, who moved up to the No Limits Club 600 series this year, was another club racer to make a clean sweep of Round One.
Racing on the same grid as the Super Series, Cornfield took two fourths and two fifths on his way to four class wins. Owen Richardson took three second place finishes to Scott Stevens’ one while Stevens, Aran Sadler and Liam Duffett shared thirds.
Ian Kirby had the only other perfect win streak of the weekend, snatching all four Pre-Injection 600 race, three from Matthew Jemmett and one from Simon Lacey.
In the No Limits Club 1000 ranks, Andrew Stockdale drew first blood by storming to pole position ahead of Stephen Frizzell and Keith Good. But Jack Thompson shot into the lead three laps into the first race and pulled out a 2.5sec gap at the chequered flag, leaving Good and Stockdale to round out the podium.
Races two and three both went the way of Stockdale ahead of Thompson and Good, with Thompson nearly getting the better of the Stockdale’s Auto Repairs BMW in race three – only to miss out by 0.087sec.
But Thompson was back on top in the final scrap as he beat Stockdale over the line by just over half a second to take another win and the points lead, while Lee Devonport took third.
Paul Holden took the inaugural victory of NLR’s brand new Supertwins, Standard Twins and Ducati classes, dominating on his Yamaha MT-07 in race one to win by over 21 seconds from Andy Claridge.
But Ducati-mounted Claridge took the remaining three race wins, albeit by no more than a second, as Standard Twin racer Martin Foord was the perpetual podium man with four thirds on the trot.
When the big bike newbies hit the track for the first time this season in the Metzeler Newcomer 1000 class, it was Tony Hunter who powered to an 11-second win, with Tom Vaughan and Craig Carr picking up second and third in the distance.
Hunter again bagged the top spot in race two on Sunday, with Vaughan edging Paul Gallington for the runner-up spot. But a perfect weekend wasn’t to be for the Uncle Tom’s Motoring Centre Yamaha man as Ben Falla burst onto the scene in races three and four.
The KLF Developments/RAFMSA rider snatched two comfortable wins ahead of Hunter and Carr, but Hunter leaves Snetterton with the championship lead in hand.
Matthew Knight looked to be the dominant force in the Metzeler Newcomer 600 series after storming to two comfortable wins and two fastest laps on Saturday and Sunday.
But it was Ricky Hadfield who blitzed the pack in race three with a 12-second victory after overtaking Knight and clearing off, before Knight went home with a hat-trick after winning the final battle.
Sprint and Endurance action at NLR is back in just over three weeks’ time when the club heads to Lincolnshire for Round Two at Cadwell Park.
*Images: Scott Hardy
*Jamie Cornfield image: JC Racing