Our yellow van was poorly once again, so for the third Darley Moor meeting of the year we had our third different van! We had an early start and attended only on the Sunday. Due to the hire van needing to be returned promptly after the meeting we took the most basic of setups.
We were out in the first qualifying session of the day on the Aprilia RS660 Trofeo and settled into the groove quite well, setting Pole Position in class (3rd on the combined grid). We then headed out on the Kawasaki ZX6R to bed in some new brake pads and get in some more laps. Once the pads had bedded (after a couple of laps) we started to up the pace, however, on one lap the front brake lever came back further than expected so we pulled in to make sure that everything was OK. No leaks were found and the brake was fine for the remainder of the day so we assume that there was maybe some trapped air that found its way out. With the early end to the session, we would start the opening Formula 600 race from 7th and the opening Darley Cup race from 3rd.
Our first race of the day was Twins Race 1. It appears that we have finally figured out a repeatable way to launch the bike (yey!) but Anthony Thane still beat us into the Wilsons chicane, before we retook the lead on the opening lap. It was then a fairly lonely race so we managed to chip away at the lap times and build more confidence, putting in a fastest lap of 1'00.26 and taking a clear victory at the end of the 8-lap race.
On the exit of the corner we kept a tight line and used less than half of the track width but Kaine continued to drift across the track until he eventually collided with our seat unit and fell from his machine as a result of the impact. On the return to the paddock we stopped to check with the officials that Kaine was OK. It was at this point that Kaine ran over in a fit of rage, broke our screen/GoPro and then proceeded to make numerous threats towards us. You can view all of this action in the onboard video below. As this breached the ACU National Sporting Code Section 11.01.7 (...any act which is of a violent, threatening or abusive nature to any Official, Rider or Passenger or any other person...) he was banned from competing in the remainder of the meeting.
The lack of screen made a massive difference to the riding experience - with the amount of air pushing back onto our shoulders when travelling fast in a crouching position and then the increased blast when sitting up for braking. The difference that the missing screen made was massive, so (as we needed a replacement screen anyway...) we have ordered a double-bubble screen like we started the season with.
The results during this meeting mean that we have moved closer towards the top of the leaderboards:
Darley Cup Championship (Top 5)
Adam Green 35
David Carson 30
Stephen England 24
Matthew Rostron 20
Nick Clare 13
700cc Twins Championship (Top 5)
Anthony Thane 37
David Carson 30
Ben Wilkinson 24
Matthew Birks 20
Andy Whale 12
Formula 600 Championship (Top 5)
Adam Green 22
Matthew Rostron 18
Adam Mather 16
Mark Goodings 16
David Carson 15
The 4 victories from this round mean that our total victory tally has now surpassed "150 racing wins" (with 152 wins) so a special t-shirt was made to celebrate the achievement! :-)