Clarke misses out on race

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Aaron Clarke missed out on a race start in the National Superstock 600 championship over the Easter weekend.

The ACR Kawasaki rider, from Kirton, began well and was 18th in free practice, but he dropped down the order during qualifying and, although his lap times improved, he was unable to make it into the top 40.

With 55 riders all competing for a place on the grid that only holds 40 it was always going to be a difficult task for Clarke, who finished final qualifying in 42nd place, the times so close between the final four riders it was down to hundredths of a second to decide who went through and who didn’t.

“I was gutted I couldn’t make it through to the race,” Clarke said.

“My lap times are faster than ever before but sadly it was just not quite enough.

“It really did come down to a hundredth of a second which is nothing at all.

“But I will take the experience gained here at Donington and try to improve next time out.”

Clarke’s tammate Charlie King finished in 19th place.

The next round is at Brands Hatch over the weekend of April 17-19.