ADAM Hartgrove led the wildcard charge at Brands Hatch this weekend as he bagged a single championship point in his National Superstock 600 debut.
After narrowly missing out on the MRO 600 title to David Tinkler, the 18 year-old Bemsee racer set his sights on finishing the season with a debut in the BSB Support Series against the country’s best up-and-coming middleweight racers.
The Technical Lifting Services Yamaha rider qualified on the middle of the eighth row beside BMCRC graduate Grant Newstead, but cut his way up through the pack to the top-20 by lap two.
He made up nearly one position per lap for the rest of the race and managed to fend off Ben Luxton at the line to take 15th place and his first National Championship point.
With a points-scoring finish, Hartgrove was invited to compete in the Dickies British Supersport Feature race Sunday afternoon. And despite starting stone dead last, he climbed up through the order and finished 20th just 0.056 seconds behind Superstock regular Kevin Keyes and nearly half a second clear of Supersport veteran Richard Steadman.
A month on from his debut in Britain’s premier 600 series, everyone’s mate Alex Laureys was out on the full Brands Hatch GP circuit for the first time, qualifying 30th before advancing to 22nd in Saturday’s Sprint race.
In Sunday’s 18-lapper, the APL Racing Kawasaki rider crossed the line 20th in class and knocked nearly 1.5 seconds off his fastest lap from race one.
Former National champ Josh Day was back in action in the Superstock 1000 ranks after an appearance at BSB’s Thruxton round earlier this year.
The multiple NG Road Racing Club title-holder had a mountain to climb with a new bike and electronics setup, but qualified on the sixth row before running the entire 14-lap race just outside the points in 16th.
Last year’s Thundersport 600 Elite king Charlie Morris was also out in action alongside Day for his maiden appearance in the cutthroat Stock 1000 class, just over five months on from a massive smash at Snetterton that left him with a broken neck and back.
From 33rd on the grid after a qualifying crash, he powered the MSG Racing Suzuki ahead of 12 riders by the first corner and crept up into the top-20 as the safety car came out on the very first lap.
Morris crossed the line 24th after 14 laps ahead of a number of series regulars.
*Main image: Andy Walker
*Top side image: Adam Hartgrove #226
*Bottom side image: CM Racing