As usual we turned up on the day before the event - but this time there was a special treat awaiting us... as the Darley Moor team had welcomed in external caterers with wood-fired pizzas, coffees and cakes on offer. The pizzas proved so popular that they ran out of stock 90 minutes before their intended closing time! Fortunately, we were able to enjoy the delicious food whilst watching the British Superbike racing from Donington Park on TV in the race awning - we really did feel spoilt! :-)
With the bikes, paperwork and admin tasks out of the way we enjoyed an early night then awoke to a beautiful and sunny morning.
After the rush of qualifying we then had a 2-3 hour gap until our next session out on track. During this time, Mac Measuria from JNV Composites Ltd stopped by our awning for an in-depth discussion regarding chains and sprockets - and it sounded like he had some ideas of where innovative materials could be used in this area. We'll let you know more if we hear anything further...
The first race of the day was Formula 600 Race 1. A decent start saw us enter the Wilson's chicane in 2nd position (1st in class) but we took the overall race lead by the end of the opening lap and managed to stretch out a lead that we managed to the end where we secured the win by 6.63 seconds.
We were slowly closing in on overall race-leader Kaine Sheriff (on his Pre-Electronic 600 machine) and by the end of lap 4 were onto his back wheel. Whilst chasing him down we also managed to dip just under the 1-minute barrier again, putting in a 59.99 second lap time. Due to the different strengths of the different machines, we could follow Kaine but were unable to pass him.
However, on the final lap he appeared to miss a gear change coming out of the hairpin which allowed us to temporarily move into the lead before he sneaked passed us down the Pope Straight. Into the final corner we were able to make a successful pass and held the lead to the line to take the overall victory by 0.27 of a second (and our class win by 30.26 seconds). The pace in the race was so hot that we also managed to set a new race record!
The bike must have taken a roll during the crash as both rearsets were bent, both handlebars were bent, the tank and seat have damage to the top, etc. Fortunately spares for the Kawasaki ZX6R are readily available (and we already have some 'crash consumables' in stock).
Darley Cup Championship (Top 5)
Adam Green 27
David Carson 15
Stephen England 12
Andy Sellars 10
Matthew Rostron 10
700cc Twins Championship (Top 5)
Anthony Thane 25
Matthew Birks 20
David Carson 15
Ben Wilkinson 14
Andy Whale 12
Formula 600 Championship (Top 5)
Adam Green 22
Matthew Rostron 18
Adam Mather 16
Mark Goodings 16
David Carson 15
The 3 victories from this round mean that our total victory tally is up to 148 club racing wins - very close to another milestone! We are hoping that we can reach the magical 150 wins tally during the 2023 season...
There is a 4-week gap between this round and the next event, which is Darley Moor Round 3 on 18th June. Replacement parts have already been ordered to fix the Kawasaki ZX6R and hopefully that will provide sufficient physical recovery time. Fingers crossed that we can come back competitive at the next round!