Red flag ends Jono’s race charge

JONO Howarth powered his G&S Racing/Team Green Kawasaki through to a personal best result of fifth in round seven of the Metzeler National Superstock 1,000 Championship.

He did so in the shortened race at a rain-affected Oulton Park.

Teammate Tom Fisher was disappointed to find his race was postponed when the meeting was abandoned due to deteriorating track conditions.

Howarth qualified for a third row start, but deteriorating weather conditions saw the race cut to 12 laps.

He got away to a good start and was soon mixing it with the front runners.

Howarth moved into sixth place and was eyeing up the rider ahead to make a further move forward when Danny Buchan crashed his MSS Colchester Kawasaki, causing the red flag to halt the race.

A result was declared at four laps and Howarth was awarded fifth place, claiming five-and-a-half championship points.

“The start of the race was good, and the end was as well, but the bit in between was not so good,” Howarth said.

“I had a bit of work to do at the start to get on terms with the leaders but put in some good moves and moved up into sixth.

“We had the pace to end up on the podium so I was a bit miffed when the red flag came out, but on saying that, the conditions were so bad that we could have gone down as well.”

This strong showing moves Howarth up to 14th place in the rider standings on 25.5 points.

Fisher was having mixed fortunes during qualifying and free practice for the Superstock 600 race.

Disaster struck in the warm-up when it was discovered there was a fault with the gearbox, which the team worked to rectify prior to the race.

But with Sunday came the expected heavy rain which eventually caused the meeting to be abandoned.

The postponed race will be run at one of the five remaining rounds before the end of the season.