14 May 2013

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We had round 4 of the British championship at the short stadium styled Milton park circuit in Northampton this weekend. The weather started out great but the forecast rain soon moved around 1pm to make track conditions on the hard pack circuit really tricky.

Qualifying went okay, the track started off pretty wet, I managed to post the 7th quickest time, enough to go through to super pole. Super pole went great I managed a great lap. And went fastest, so had first gate pick for all the races.
I had a great start in race 1 and had moved into 2nd by lap 2, I stayed there for the first half of the race, halfway through I tightened up and suffered terrible arm pump and dropped back to 5th at the line, so was really disappointed with the race.

Race 2 I had a decent start just outside the top 5. I worked my way up to 4th and caught 3rd place guy Bryan Mackenzie in the last 2 laps but couldn’t make the pass and ended up 4th.
With all the rain between races I knew a good start was crucial. I got an awesome holeshot in race 3 and led it for a few laps, but tightened up again and ended the race third behind Banks Browne and Lenoir.

I finished 4th overall on the day just one point away from a podium. Overall I wasn’t too happy with the day, and will try making a few changes so that I don’t tighten up. On a positive note, I got pole in qualifying, my bike was great out the gate with 3 solid starts, and I have moved into 3rd place in the British championship.

Overall on day: championship
1 Elliot banks Browne 1 Elliot banks Browne
2 Steven Lenoir 2 Steven Lenoir
3 Steven Clarke 3 Neville Bradshaw
4 Neville Bradshaw 4 Graeme Irwin
5 Bryan Mackenzie 5 Nathan Watson
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