Wilson takes Derby Phoenix Four Stroke 751-1300cc title

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Lee Wilson is the 2016 Derby Phoenix Four Stroke 751-1300cc champion after winning all three races in the final round of the series at Donington Park.

The 33-year-old Yorkshireman was level on points with arch rival, Matt Stevenson (PSFR BMW), going into the meeting.

However, the Lunness Aggregates BMW rider’s unbeaten run over the weekend left him 22 points ahead of the rest in the final points table at close of play.

Stevenson had hoped for rain, but conditions did not go his way. It was dry for the first race on the Saturday and while Wilson made a good start and pulled away from the opposition, Stevenson had to battle to pass Kingsley Ruddy.

Matt Stevenson had been hoping for rain...
Matt Stevenson had been hoping for rain…

Sunday’s first race was also run in dry conditions. Once again Stevenson could not match the pace of Wilson and ran home second, with Ruddy third on his KOR Kawasaki.

Things got interesting when, 10 minutes before the start of the final race, there was a short shower of rain.

Stevenson had slicks on, but believed the track would dry up. It did, but not quick enough and to make things worse the race was red-flagged after nine laps.

Wilson won again, Ruddy was second, James Vevers third and Stevenson fourth. The absent Gary Hutchinson was third in the final standings, six points ahead of Ruddy.

It was a well-deserved win for the 2014 Derby Phoenix Four stroke champion. Last year he was leading the series  before injury put him out.

Daniel Taylor won all four of his Mini Thunderbike outings. He had long since wrapped up the title, winning all 16 races he contested over the season.

Kingsley Ruddy was a regular visitor to the podium over the weekend...
Kingsley Ruddy was a regular visitor to the podium over the weekend…

Neil Schofield was runner up to Taylor in that series, but by winning his four Stock Twin races, all ahead of Stuart Szulczewski, he won that championship by 15 from Szulczewski.

Brake problems put Brendan Mallinder out of the first two Formula 600 races, but he bounced back to win the third and last outing to beat Jordan Rushby to the crown by eight points.

It would have been a different story if Rushby had not failed to score points in his first race. If he had finished in the top five he would have been champion.

Rushby won the Superstock 600 title, though. He finished a massive 105 points ahead of Callum White.

The absent Luke Addison-Doy is Steel Frame 600 champion, beating Aaron Staniforth

Nick Wainwright won all four of his Pre-Injection class races, but it was not enough to stop Ian Lawton being champion.

*Images: Colin Port – Main image: Lee Wilson in action

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