Useful points for draperRACING duo

Aaron Clarke, from Kirton, near Boston, in race action at Brands Hatch in the latest round of the Stock 600 championship
PHOTO DAVE YEOMANS
Aaron Clarke, from Kirton, near Boston, in race action at Brands Hatch in the latest round of the Stock 600 championship PHOTO DAVE YEOMANS

Both draperRACING riders brough points back to the team from their respective races at Brands Hatch on Sunday.

Tommy Philp recorded two points finishes in the British Supersport races and Aaron Clarke one point in the Superstock 600 race.

East Kirkby rider Philp had three races to contest at the Kent circuit instead of the usual two as the abandoned Sprint race from Silverstone was carried forward to Saturday, giving Tommy two races on Saturday.

In the first 12-lap Sprint race Tommy set off from an eighth row grid position after qualifying in 22nd place.

He moved ahead of Mark Conlin on lap three and then past Josh Daley on lap four to move into 19th place just before the safety car came out for a couple of laps to clear some crash wreckage.

By lap eight, the car had left the track and Tommy continued to make progress.

He passed Niall Campbell on lap eight and Bjorn Estment one lap later to move into 16th place.

When James Westmoreland fell on the penultimate lap, Tommy was elevated into 15th position which he held to the chequered flag to pick up one championship point.

In the second Sprint race on Saturday, Tommy began from the seventh row.

He had a great battle with Robert Kennedy throughout the 12 laps and crossed the finish line just a 10th of a second adrift in 17th spot.

The feature race on Sunday was scheduled for 18 laps but was red-flagged on lap four and a new race declared over 14 laps. Tommy got away to a good start and was up to 19th place when the safety car thwarted his progress.

Once the car left the track he moved up to 17th and on lap 11 he overtook Estment once again to move into 16th position. When two of the leading group went down on lap 11 Tommy benefited from their demise and jumped up into 14th place, which he held to secure two more points, bringing his total haul to 10.

Meanwhile, Aaron Clarke, from Kirton near Boston, qualified in 19th place for a seventh row start to his 14-lap Stock 600 race. He soon became embroiled in a seven-way battle for 11th place which continued for the majority of the race.

On lap 10 he overhauled Ben Luxton to step up into 15th position and was looking to make a move further forward when the red flag brought the race to an early end with the result declared on positions at the end of lap 10.

Aaron was awarded 15th place and one championship point and he said: “But for the red flag I could have finished further up the order as I was running just a 10th behind a couple of riders.

“My lap times were good and I had the pace of those ahead of me so I feel a bit annoyed that I didn’t finish a bit further up the field. “

Improving Aaron now has five points as he heads to his home Cadwell Park circuit for the next round, over the Bank Holiday weekend of August 27-29.

Both riders will be hoping to put on a good show for their local sponsors and supporters.