It’s a double for NMT No Limits Kawasaki
It’s a double for NMT No Limits Kawasaki
Jordan Weaving took his second victory in successive rounds and as a result took a big leap towards the top of the Pirelli Superstock 600 Championship at Brands Hatch.
The weekend could arguably be said to have been the perfect one for the 19-year-old after he set the pace right from the off on Friday to then qualify in pole position and smashing the lap record in the process before taking victory on Sunday.
For James East in the Superstock 1000 class it was also a very productive meeting at his home circuit on his birthday weekend. Going into Brands, the Cambridgeshire based rider was rightly optimistic after recent results have showed improvements across the board and that confidence shows no signs of letting up after race day ended with East holding his starting position of 6th, a result which moved him into the top ten of the Championship standings.
Weaving was the first to take to the track on raceday on his Kawasaki ZX-6R and as things got underway the pole sitter was forced back into fourth position, but just as he showed in the previous round at Thruxton it was to be only a temporary setback. Exiting Paddock Hill Bend a few laps later, the Team Green backed rider was once again at the head of the race. Taz Taylor tried to muscle his way up the inside of Weaving at the exit to Paddock Hill Bend a couple of laps later but the NMT No Limits Kawasaki rider wasn’t in charitable mood and held his line right into Druids, forcing Taylor wide giving him the chance to break. Meanwhile, a little further back, Brad Jones, Kurt Wigley, Tom Ward, Dan Stamper and Keenan Armstrong were trying to keep tabs on the front two.
But when Jones clashed with Armstong at Clearways, it gave the front five some breathing space but regardless of the battle behind, Weaving pressed on, opening up a half second lead with five laps to go that he simply wasn’t prepared to relinquish. Ward and Stamper then swapped paint going into Druids and they both crashed, meaning it would be a straight fight for the top step of the podium between the front three. Taylor was doing his utmost to chase down Weaving with Wigley behind them, but neither could make up the gap to the leader and when a crash on the penultimate lap left the bike of Ben Luxton in the middle of the track, it brought out the red flag confirming the win for the NMT No Limits Kawasaki rider.
Naturally, Weaving was made up after taking his second successive victory which takes him within 12 points of Championship leader, Carl Phillips, and he dedicated his win to the team but the level headed young man is still reluctant to look any further ahead than Cadwell Park which is up next in three week’s time.
“Things are going well at the moment but I don't want to jinx it as there are plenty of rounds left in the Championship. The NMT No Limits Kawasaki Team continue to work so hard, they work around the clock to give me the best chance of picking up wins like this.” Weaving said.
“We’ve had our fair share of bad luck at the beginning of the season but now with the result at Thruxton and the one here it means we can take plenty of confidence into the remaining rounds. It’s just been a really good weekend; I’ve never topped every session apart from warm up before so it’s been unbelievable.
“I have to thank the team, sponsors and everyone who continues to support me and I’m looking forward to getting to Cadwell for the next round, a place where I got my first podium for the team last season.”
The weekend started brightly in the Superstock 1000 class for James East, working his way through free practice and into qualifying on Saturday, the number six shod machine was in the thick of a clutch of riders who were within a second of the top three. After a change of tyres in the final qualifying session it was clear that East would be worrying the Championship leaders, determined to make his mark at a track which he has tasted success at in the past. By the time the session had ended, he finished just 0.17 seconds away from pole position, putting him on the second row of the grid.
As the race got underway East held station in 6th spot ahead of Ian Hutchinson before dispatching of Adam Jenkinson in fifth place. Keith Farmer was also in the thick of the action, but East was pushing hard, forcing the former Stock 1000 champion onto the grass at Stirlings.
Just behind, Jesse Traylor crashed out then James Rose succumbed to a similar fate at Druids, a corner which accounted for quite a few riders over the weekend. By lap four the Kawasaki ZX-10R bearing the number six was chasing down Fraser Rogers with Farmer still behind as well as reigning champion, Josh Elliot.
Farmer crashed along with Alex Olsen, all the while East was consistent in his laps around the circuit however, Elliot was to get back ahead on lap nine after a battle round Hawthorns, Westfield and down Dingle Dell. Despite a lack of grip becoming an issue and the prospect of a season best equalling sixth spot in his sights at his home circuit, East wasn’t going to give up the fight easily. He held off the attentions of Jenkinson to the line picking up ten championship points and overall he was happy with his weekend's work.
“It was a good result and we finished a lot closer to the front than we’ve been doing, as well as being under two tenths off pole I was really happy with that and it’s fair to say getting pole would have been the perfect birthday present!” East said.
“We struggled a little initially in Q2, then made a decision to change tyres and went for it. I saw 1’ 28.1 on the dash and then I did a couple of 1’28.5’s and I thought that wasn’t too shabby. Unfortunately we couldn’t keep that up in the race as we were unable to maintain the grip all the way to the end but it was good enough for sixth and that’s not too far away from what we wanted.
“Of course, I was a little disappointed that we’d achieved that lap in qualifying and couldn’t maintain that pace. But overall it’s another good race weekend which has shown what we are capable of and it’s all positive going into Cadwell in a few week’s time.”