NO Limits Racing riders had a mountain to climb as they descended on Cadwell this past weekend for their sixth round of eight.
In the Pirelli Super Series 600, Luke Hopkins made his second clean sweep of the year as he dominated all four races with three wins over James Alderson and one ahead of Manxman Jamie Cringle.
But in the mix with the Super Series runners was HM Quickshifter Cup 600 title contender Scott Stevens, who even managed to snag an overall podium as he notched up four Cup class wins with series leader Ben Wotton just behind and Joavan Marting bagging a hat-trick of thirds to Pete Wright’s one.
Just a bit further afield were the Pre Injection 600s, where championship leader Richard Barnett hauled a perfect 100 points ahead of Matthew Jemmett and Samantha Rowland, who shared the rostrum honours.
More clean sweeps were on the cards for Racebuykz.com Cup 1000 title favourite Luke Scott, who pulled nearly 110 points clear of James Skelding in the chase for the crown as Skelding, Andrew Stockdale and Grant Whitfield all notched up seconds.
Mike Vincent beat David Baird to the Ducati Challenge wins as the only two class runners in the field, but it was Standard Twins who dominated proceedings as Matt Layt and Vinny Branch both scored outright wins in the combined field, crossing the line ahead of the big Panigales on their 650cc Kawasaki and Suzukis.
Branch and Nick Guthrie are technically still in the title chase with Layt, but with a deficit of 184 points for Branch and 195 for Guthrie, it could be all but over.
Manxman Illiam Quayle reclaimed the lead in the Supertwins championship after missing the last two rounds, notching up a hat-trick of wins at Cadwell while Craig Cameron and former Endurance regular Jonathan McNally shared seconds as Mark Tomkinson took a pair of thirds.
CB500 front-runner Paul Manning has nearly clinched the class title after his second clean sweep on the bounce over Ben Wakenshaw and Jeremy Watson as the series leader now has more than 190 points to play with over the next two rounds.
Three riders shared the Metzeler Newcomer 600 spoils in Lincolnshire as Ben Wilson clawed back ground on points leader Daniel Roby with a double win, while Jack Pearce and Steve Plaistow took a victory each. Five rider, including Scott Stone and Graeme Barr, are still technically in the title hunt.
In the bigger Newcomer 1000 ranks, Jake Ebbage took a step closer to the rookie crown with a hat-trick of wins, only dropping one to his only title contender as he finished second behind Simon Cavill, while Tom Vaughan followed them home with three thirds and a second in the final.
Paul Holden split wins with TT star Gary Johnson in the Lind Triumph London Cup Standard class while Byron Beckett notched up three thirds. In the fully-faired Sport class, Adam Reavill made it eight wins on the bounce with another clean sweep to follow last round’s success, beating championship leader Matt Waldron and Antony Moore en route.
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