The week of rain leading up to the event had subsided, so when we arrived to setup on the Saturday evening it was lovely and dry.
Knowing that there was some "meat on the bones" of the race record - which we had set at the previous round - we decided to see whether we could better it. We put in 6 (out of the 10) laps in the 1:00-bracket, with a best of 1:00.77, and won the race by 24.40 seconds - breaking the existing race record by a massive 7 seconds!
A decent start meant that we were 4th into the Wilsons chicane, and we managed to pass Anthony Thane and Patrick Lord on the brakes into Park corner on the opening lap, to move up to 2nd position. A good run through the rest of the opening lap put us in a position to make a successful move on Jim Hodson and we moved into the lead at Paddock corner. From there we tried to run a clean race - which seemed like it took forever - and took the win to take the championship. On the cooldown lap we stopped at Park corner to celebrate with the marshals!
We quickly whipped in the clutch, got as close to the track edge as we could and came to a stop. A look behind showed no ploom of smoke, and the ignition/dash was still on. We decided to key off the bike and then prod the starter (to see if any nasty noises were apparent). No untoward noises appeared so we prodded the starter button again and it sprung into life. A look behind showed a big gap so we cautiously rejoined the race to see whether the issue would reoccur. By the time we got back to the start/finish line we decided that it would be best to push on and see whether it happens again.
The issue did not reoccur and in the "second part" of our race we managed to set our fastest lap time of 58.57 (which set us as the third-fastest rider in the race). At the chequered flag we crossed the line in 8th position. Looking back at the video footage, we believe that the quickshifter may have temporarily got stuck in the 'kill' position - but I guess time will tell on that...
Twins Championship Standings (Top 5)
1st - David Carson 75
2nd - Ian Robinson 34
3rd - Patrick Lord 34
4th - Ben Wilkinson 28
5th - Chris Barton 22
Formula 600 Championship Standings (Top 5)
1st - Ben Dale 73
2nd - David Carson 43
3rd - Richard Cooper 30
4th - Stephen Parsons 27
5th - Albert Walker 22
Our next race meeting will be NG Anglesey this coming weekend (16th-18th September), so there will likely be some late nights to make sure that everything is prepared and ready for another weekend of racing action! :-)