MATT and Harry Truelove scored the first No Limits Endurance victory of 2020 after a three-hour battle at Snetterton this weekend.
The brothers crossed the line second as part of the Fast Past Pits squad, but the original winning RAF Regular and Reserves Kawasaki team of Ryan Vickers and Paul Jordan, who took the flag some 1.5sec in front, was swiftly disqualified for not having a homologated fuel tank.
It looked to be a procession of dominance for Lee Hardy’s crew at their local track as Jordan and Vickers scorched to pole by nearly two seconds as DC Racing’s Mike Norbury, alongside Dom Herbertson and Chrissy Rouse, qualified second ahead of the Trueloves.
But it was a tight scrap when the lights went out as the top three diced for the lead, with DC Racing and the Trueloves trading places while Dales Sports’ Richard Steadman and Tim Neave made inroads behind.
By the end of the first hour, Fast Past Pits was a full 45sec clear of DC Racing with On It Racing’s Andrew Stockdale, Luke Scott and David Hall holding off M&M Performance boys Mark Bridger and Max Morgan just a few seconds back.
JR Performance duo Joe Talbot and Dan Brooks led the National 600 order from GBmoto Endurance, while Crash It Racing topped the Clubman 1000 order.
Some 30 laps later, it was still Fast Past Pits in the lead while the RAF boys sat second ahead of M&M and RTS Racing, but it was all coming to a head as the final hour rolled around.
British Superbike rider Vickers went out for the last stint with a tall order on his hands and 55sec to make up for a victory on home turf.
And the local ace only just looked to have done it with a slim margin of victory when the chequered flag flew, but with the team’s non-standard tank fitted, the spoils went to the Trueloves.
A lap behind, DC Racing and M&M Performance took the podium honours in second and third as Delkevic and On It Racing rounded out the top five a lap further back.
JR Performance scored the National 600 win in sixth overall ahead of Max Smith-Halvorsen, Elliot Lodge and David Shoubridge of GBmoto, as Synergy Racing’s Charlie Atkins and Sam Johnson took third.
First of the Clubman 1000 teams was Crash It, a lap ahead of runner-up CT Racing and two laps clear of the BellnDs – Paul Henderson, Sean Kenyon and Neil Wallis.
Karl Freeth and Jonny Panter of Datasys 2 crossed the line first in class among the Clubman 600 squads, leaving SMS’ Charlie and Michael Stone to second ahead of Datasys’ Mark Daines, Jeremy Watson and Daniel Williams.