Clarke bumps out of his race

Aaron Clarke.
Aaron Clarke.

Tommy Philp recorded 14th and 17th place finishes at Donington Park, where draperRACING teammate Aaron Clarke was unfortunate to hit a bump and crash out.

In the British Supersport races, Philp, who lives at East Kirkby, qualified his draperRACING Yamaha in 16th place to start the short Sprint race on Saturday from the sixth row.

He held 13th place for a number of laps before being overtaken by Sam Wilford on lap six.

Unable to regain his position and with no one near enough to bother him Philp brought the bike home safely at the end of the 10 laps in 14th place to pick up two championship points.

On Sunday Philp set off from an eighth row grid position at the start of the 18 lap feature race and got a really good start to be registered in 13th place at the first sector.

By the time they finished the first lap he was in 14th place but was embroiled in a huge group of riders all challenging for position.

Freddy Pett relegated him to 15th on lap three and, two laps later, Dean Harrison pushed him down to 16th.

On lap 10 Philp regained 15th place, pushing Harrison back behind him.

He held station until, with two laps to go, Matt Truelove made a move and made it stick and Harrison also made it past on the penultimate lap, leaving Philp in 17th.

Kirton rider Clarke was looking promising for another top 10 result in the Superstock 600 class.

He qualified well in 19th place but hit a bump on the track at Goddards and crashed unhurt, his race over.

The next round for Tommy is at Assen in the Netherlands over the weekend of September 30-October 30, when he will contest the penultimate round of the British Supersport championship.

Clarke will go along to help the team but does not have a race there, his final race in the Superstock 600 class will be at Brands Hatch on October 16.