Race 2 Snetterton 2012 - Solo Results
Tue 5 June
The sun was out in force as were the riders at Snetterton for the debut race of the Club MSV Bike Trackday Trophy.
Qualifying set the tone for the day with a close fought battle and the top three overall covered by less than a second. Dan Diamond was the early pace setter until a great effort by Joe Goggins secured his place on pole on his Post 2000 B Class Yamaha R6 with a time of 1:21.1.
Setting the pace in the Pre 2000 Class A was Jason Foster on his Yamaha R1 with a time of 1:26.9 ahead of Martin Wise on his Honda Fireblade and Daniel Johnson third in class.
Simon Wadsworth lead the way in the Pre 2000 Class B with a time of 1:30.1, while Chris Marsh and Jonathan Melson (second and third in class) were separated by just seven tenths of a second.
As the safety car peeled into the pit lane, the race into turn one was on. Joe Goggins lead from the front closely followed by Dan Diamond and Alan Sainsbury.
A lightening first lap saw David Fields in fourth, up from sixth on the grid and in hot pursuit of Sainsburys' overall third position. While the battle for the lead between Goggins and Diamond progressed Fields managed to make his way past Sainsbury to catch the lead pair.
Further down the field Jason Foster took an early Pre 2000 Class A lead on the Foster Racing Yamaha R1. Meanwhile the Pre 2000 Class B was convincingly lead from the line by Simon Wadsworth.
With the overall lead still hotly contested Fields challenged for second before successfully capturing the lead on lap 6 while the ongoing battle between Goggins and Diamond raged.
Lap seven saw Diamond make his way past Goggins and start to chase down Fields in the run up to the pit stop window.
In the Pre 2000 Class B Class, lap 10 saw Wadsworth set the fastest lap of the class race with a 1:29.5 and extend his class lead over a chasing Marsh
With his pit stop window fast approaching Diamond made a challenge for the lead and managed to pass Fields on lap 15 for both class and overall race lead. It was a move that proved pivotal as he emerged from the pit stop phase still ahead of Fields, now with a three second gap.
With the pit stop phase out of the way the race to the chequered flag was on. This brought fastest laps in the Pre 2000 Class A for Foster with a 1:26.2 and the Post 2000 Class B for Joe Goggins with a 1:20.9.
Foster and Wadsworth looked set to bring their bikes home for the wins in the Pre 2000 Classes, however this is racing and true to the unpredictable nature of the race, unfortunatly Wadsworth retired from the lead of the Pre 2000 Class B class on lap 27 of 32 with a mechanical failure.
Wadsworth's retirement handed a well earned Pre 2000 Class B victory to Christopher Marsh in his debut race.
Goggins stormed the final part of the race to bring his bike home in third overall and win the Post 2000 Class B class by 46 seconds to second place Sainsbury
The Post 2000 Class A race ended as it began with a hard fought race to the line. Fields closed down the gap to a fraction over a second until a flying last lap from Diamond secured the win with a 1:18.9 - the fastest lap of the race, to secure both the Class A and overall race victory.
All eyes are now on the next round of the Bike Trackday Trophy at Brands Hatch on the 11th August.
The full team race report can be found HERE
Pre 2000 Class A
1st - Jason Foster
Pre 2000 Class B
1st - Cristopher Marsh
Post 2000 Class A
1st - Daniel Diamond
Post 2000 Class B
1st - Joe Goggins
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