Race 3 Brands Hatch - Solo Results
Sat 11 August
The second round of the Club MSV Bike Trackday Trophy took place at Brands Hatch Indy, where novice riders were greeted by perfect weather conditions to fuel fantastic on track battles.
With 27 riders on track for qualifying on the 1.19 mile circuit it was important for riders to get a clear lap, Alan Sainsbury riding his ABS Racing Yamaha R6 did just that from the start and claimed pole position early on, only to then better his time on the final lap of his second stint with a 53.594s. Daniel Diamond was able to get closer to Sainsbury's time at Brands Hatch on his *Diamond Racing* Suzuki finishing the session just 0.6s behind followed by Timothy Rush and Simon Gates.
In the Pre 2000 classes Rian Hamilton set the pace in the Class B finishing qualifying seventh overall and Jason Foster lead the way with his Class A machine rounding out the top 10.
As the safety car entered the pit lane, the green flag dropped and Sainsbury made a convincing start to dominate the race, producing consistent lap times around the Indy circuit and leaving Daniel Diamond pushing to try to close the gap for the lead. David Fields who managed only 6 laps in qualifying and started sixth due to a technical problem was able to show his true pace and moving up to third and passing Diamond on lap 4 only for Diamond to fight back and maintain the order until the pit stops.
Of the leading trio Fields took the mandatory two minute pit stop first on lap 26 of the race, followed by Diamond on lap 27, the move was covered by race leader Sainsbury on lap 28. Sainsbury rejoined with a 10 second lead over Diamond however Sainsbury's pit stop did not meet the compulsory two minutes duration being 1.2 seconds short which he would be later penalised for with a 21.2s penalty.
The race was prematurely ended on lap 32 when Gary Latimer on his Berik Yamaha crashed out at Clark Curve causing the race to be red flagged. Latimer was taken to hospital for precautionary checks but was later released with no obvious injuries.
A result was declared with two thirds completed and following the time adjustment it was to be a second victory this season for 20 year old Daniel Diamond, Sainsbury and Fields completed the top three. Diamond took the Post 2000 Class A win and Sainsbury the Class B victory
In the Pre 2000 classes Andrew Collins was quickest on track but following a review of the start he was judged to have jumped the start by overtaking Jason Foster behind the safety car and was given a 20 second jump start penalty meaning he would finish behind Foster on the Class A podium. In Class B a machine substitution prior to qualifying meant that Kent local Rian Hamilton had to call on his spare Ducati to allow him to compete, Hamilton who has completed thousands of laps of Brands Hatch Indy as a Trackday fan finished ahead of Andy Vowles and Jonathan Melson.
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