CHRIS Barnes racked up a hat-trick of wins in Thundersport’s Supertwin class last weekend as he shared the honours with Jonathan Perry.
The two bagged the lion’s share of points for the GP2 category at Donington Park while front-runners Scott Campbell and Ryan Strafford were never far behind.
But it was Oliver Barr, fresh off a clean sweep with NLR at Anglesey, who scored pole position by 0.339sec as Barnes and Perry joined him on the front row ahead of Matt Layt, leading Campbell and Strafford off row two.
When the lights went out for race one, it was Layt who fired off his second row spot to lead Barr and Campbell after the first lap, but it was just two laps before Layt retired and left Barr at the front.
It looked to be going Barr’s way as he held a slight advantage over Perry, who had worked his way through the pack, but it all went wrong for both boys as they ended up in a gravel trap after a battle for the top spot – which left Barnes to pick up the pieces, and the win, some 3.75sec clear of Campbell with Strafford third.
Bemsee Minitwins front-runner John Reynolds was the best of the Stocktwins in fifth overall, ahead of Alex Mann and Liam Palmer.
Strafford looked to have the best start as he took the lead early in the second race, but Perry – back on track after repairs – soon found his way to the front and by lap four he was two seconds clear of the former GP1 Classic champ, en route to the win by more than four seconds as Perry fended off both Campbell and Layt by just a few tenths to bag second.
Mann got the better of Reynolds by half a second to score Stocktwin honours, as a distant Palmer took third.
After early leader Perry crashed out on the opening lap of race three at the Old Hairpin, former roads man Campbell took over with Layt, Barnes and Strafford joining a queue just behind. Layt swept to the front on lap two but by lap three Barnes had taken the lead before Strafford reclaimed it just a couple laps later, only to be eclipsed by Barnes on the penultimate lap as the latter crossed the line 0.689sec clear of Strafford with Campbell a mere 0.088sec adrift in third.
Reynolds was back on top to double up for the Stocktwins in fifth overall, as Mann and Adrian Teasdale rounded out the rostrum.
Campbell led Reynolds early in the final scrap of the weekend, but Barnes and Layt had found their way ahead of the stocker by lap two and by lap three Barnes hit the front, never to be headed as he completed his hat-trick nearly five seconds clear of Layt as Campbell’s mid-race spill gifted Reynolds an overall podium finish and his own Stocktwins hat-trick.