Clarke claims his best placing of the campaign

Aaron Clarke. Photo: Dave Yeomans.
Aaron Clarke. Photo: Dave Yeomans.

Kirton rider Aaron Clarke rode to a fine 24th place, his best result of the current campaign, in round eight of the National Superstock 600 championship at Thruxton on Sunday.

Having never raced at the bumpy and technical circuit before, Clarke was at a disadvantage.

But he was quick to learn his way around the course although despite shaving another second from his times set in free practice he was to start his race from the 11th row in 33rd position.

As the race got underway, Clarke (pictured) got the start he wanted and was mixing it within a large group of riders in 31st place.

He moved through to 29th but was forced back to 30th one lap later but he persisted and made it back through to 29th on lap nine of 12.

That would have been a great result for the Lincolnshire rider but he was still not content and moved further forward to 27th.

With a couple of riders near the front of the field throwing it down the road Aaron was promoted up to 25th and on the final lap secured 24th place which he held to the chequered flag making this his best result of the season.

“I am delighted with this result,” said Clarke.

“I seemed to gel with the circuit and never really put a foot wrong all weekend.

“To say this is my favourite circuit is an understatement.

“Thanks to my team for their hard work preparing the bike for me, it was faultless and a huge thank you to all my sponsors who have supported me and had faith in me.

“This result has proved that I am making progress which I hope will continue throughout the remainder of the season.”

The next round is much closer to home at Cadwell Park, over the weekend of August 21-23.