COLIN Parker boosted his lead in the BG Products MRO Powerbikes series as the BMCRC headed to Snetterton.
With one round of British Motorcycle Racing Club’s 2016 season left to go, Parker is now odds-on favourite to take the title after extending his points lead to 24 after beating championship rival Peter Baker in all three races.
Parker had been in command as the Bemsee circus rolled into the Norfolk track for the penultimate round of 2016, leading Baker by 10 points.
It was Baker who enjoyed the better start to the weekend after setting the quickest time in a wet qualifying session to stick his Kawasaki ZX-10R on pole ahead of Parker in second position.
But a bad start from reigning champ Baker gave Parker the chance to hit the front early, where he was able to control the race, crossing the line more than four seconds ahead of his rival.
In the Clubman class, the win went to Christos Bouzoukis who finished seventh overall, doing his best to delay title favourite Jamie Tibble from winning the championship.
Baker had a better start in the second race and the pair quickly edged a gap at the front with Parker in the lead. Baker hit the front on Lap Two but Parker was quick to snatch it back.
That was to be theme for the rest of the race as the pair traded places several times at the front, with Baker just a tenth of a second ahead as they headed into the last lap.
But all it took was a tiny mistake from Baker to allow Parker slip past and steal the win from underneath him. The Clubman class win was taken by Tibble, who finished fifth overall.
In the third and final race of the weekend, Michael O’Brien was the man in charge as he made a lightning start to pull out a half second gap in the opening lap. He extended his lead and was never troubled as he rode to the chequered flag.
But behind the fight was on, and once again Parker emerged the strongest of the title fighters, claiming second with Baker third.
Tibble took another win in the Clubman class and with it the well-deserved MRO Powerbikes Clubman title. This season, Tibble has taken an impressive 19 wins on his Club70 Kawasaki to dominate the class.
The Powerbike championship will be decided at the final BMCRC round of the year at Brands Hatch on October 8 and 9, 2016.
*Image: John Manclark