The "Two Daves" popped along to the Oulton Park British Superbike round on the Saturday to visit some ex-Darley riders and cheer them along, before heading across to the Darley Moor circuit on the Sunday afternoon. After signing on, the evening was spent completing a track walk with Stuart Hall and Mike Gittings.
The Mini Sound of Thunder qualifying session went well and we lapped fastest in class (putting us 5th on the combined grid). In the Formula 600 qualifying we did not manage to complete a single 'clear' lap but managed to secure 6th place on the grid.
The short shower may have prompted some cautious riding from the Pre-Injection 600 riders, as we managed to run in 3rd place overall for the first four laps (of six) before dropping a couple of track positions to Pre-Injection riders Josh Potts and Lee Smith on lap five. We crossed the chequered flag in 5th place overall and won our class from Richard Saville, with Garry Broughton taking third spot.
When the lights went out for the Formula 600 'qualifying' race we got a shockingly poor start and entered the first chicane in 11th position. By the end of the opening lap we had made our way up to 7th position and for the next four laps we caught and passed one rider per lap, until we reached third position. On the final lap we reduced the gap to 2nd place from 1.88 seconds down to 0.66 seconds - but we had run out of time! It wasn't until returning to the paddock that the rider learned that he had just achieved his best-ever Formula 600 finishing position - and the look on his face was almost as good as the race onboard camera footage he captured! :-)
FORMULA 600 CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (AFTER 2 OF 7 ROUNDS) - TOP 5
Rich Baker 24
Matt Zschiesche 18
David Carson 16
Lloyd Shelley 15
Stephen Parsons 13
MINI SOUND OF THUNDER CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (AFTER 2 OF 7 ROUNDS) - TOP 5
David Carson 28
Richard Saville 22
Daley Mattison 16
Gary Broughton 10
Mike Gittings 8