Arm pump halts Clarke’s progress

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Despite a low grid position and suffering from arm pump, Kirton racer Aaron Clarke completed his debut race in the 2014 National Superstock 600 championship in 26th place, well outside a points scoring position but at least a finish.

Qualifying didn’t quite go the way that Aaron would have liked.

The first session on Saturday began well but as the laps went by Aaron began to suffer from arm pump which caused him to slow and drop back to 36th place.

Sunday’s final qualifying was a non-event as although Aaron did put in a few laps the weather was against him as the rain made the track treacherous.

There was nothing to be gained by staying out there as there was no way he could improve on the dry times he had set the day before so he decided to sit out the remainder of the session.

Starting from a 12th row grid position in 36th place Aaron got away to a good start to the 22 lap race.

But the red flag brought the racing to an end due to a multiple bike crash on the first lap.

Lining up on the grid for a second time and with the race having been reduced to 14 laps Aaron set off once again and began to make progress through the field.

He made his way through to 25th place but was forced back on the final lap and completed the race in 26th position.

Aaron said: “I am a bit disappointed but there again at least I did finish the race which has given me the confidence to build on the result next time out.

“It was always going to be a difficult year for me to move up from club racing to the ultra competitive Superstock 600 class and it’s going to be a huge learning curve for me this year.

“But with perseverance and determination I will improve.

“My lap times have improved immensely over the weekend which is encouraging, the bike ran smoothly so it’s just a matter of overcoming the arm pump.

“Its been a difficult weekend here at Brands Hatch as the weather was dreadful yesterday and of course there are very few passing places which doesn’t help.”

The next round is at Oulton Park in Cheshire over the May Day weekend of May 3-5 when Aaron will be looking for further improvement to his lap times and a strong race result.