Clarke is forced to miss out - despite posting his best times

Aaron Clarke.
Aaron Clarke.

Things didn’t go as smoothly as Team ACR Kawasaki’s Aaron Clarke was hoping at Brands Hatch at the weekend.

The National Superstock 600 rider was posting lap times far faster than ever before, but the short Indy course could only hold 38 riders and, once again, he missed out on a race start.

The KIrton rider was well within the required time but the series is so competitive that Clarke was unable to make it into the top 38, and he had to sit it out to watch teammate Charlie King race.

“Not the weekend I was hoping for,” Clarke said.

“I was improving every session and setting new PB times until the final qualifying session when I came off while trying to find that little bit more.”

King did qualify and was to begin his race from the 10th row.

But he did not help his cause when he suffered a heavy crash in morning warm up.

He made it onto the grid for the start of the race, but on the first lap there was a multiple crash and the red flag was brought out immediately to halt the race.

From the re-start, Charlie got away to a good start and moved up from 30th to 23rd on the first lap, eventually finishing 22nd.

Clarke and King are to take part in the official BSB test at Oulton Park on Friday, and this wilł give them both some extra track time and experience to take forward to the next round of the series at the Cheshire track over the Bank Holiday weekend of May 2-4.