With the sun shining down and a Darley Moor double-header on the cards, things were looking up for Joe Walton at the weekend.
Two weeks earlier, Joe headed to Anglesey with Wirral 100 to be greeted by gale force winds and heavy rain, leading to the team withdrawing from the event, missing out on some vital time on the ContiRaceAttack Comp shod Melted Sliders GSX-R600.
The prospect of four races and some serious time on the bike certainly had Joe fired up, and despite a lack of time on the bike, he stuck it 3rd on the grid much to the delight of his supporters.
Andy Lowe grabbed the holeshot in both of Saturday’s Pre-Injection races, and despite Joe’s best efforts, the Suzuki was unable to reel Lowe in, although the team were more than happy with two second places.
Heading into Sunday, Joe knew that he had his work cut out to take a win, but he got a fantastic start in the opening contest as he got into a real dogfight with his main rival.
Lowe led coming into the final corner, his defensive line forcing Joe to make a last gasp attempt to go around the outside, and amazingly he made it stick to win just just 0.05s at the line.
The final race saw Walton take the holeshot, but Lowe made his move on Lap 4. A determined Joe continued to cling to his back wheel until a back marker saw him lose vital time.
Another second place in the bag, and a new personal best lap time around the former airfield circuit rounded off a great weekend for the man from Preston.
Racing will be back on at Darley Moor next month, as the club hosts it’s penultimate round of the 2018 season.
Image credit – Steve Snelling.
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