North Gloucester Racing Donington 2018

With just three rounds remaining this season, North Gloucester Club riders were desperate to come away from Donington with a solid points haul at the weekend.

After crashing out at Pembrey last month, defending Minitwins champion Paul Wardell was desperate to get back on track and extend his lead over closest rival William Holland.

If he was feeling nervous it certainly didn’t show, as Paul put the Bee Lighting SV650 on pole, and romped home to three straight wins, giving himself a shot at retaining the title next month when the series heads to Castle Combe. Paul also broke the class lap record, which has stood since 2012.

Also riding in the Supertwin class, Paul claimed a win in the second of the three races that weekend, along with two third placed finishes. Alan Russell would have to settle for a weekend best finish of 5th in the final contest, after a difficult weekend on the Knight Road Racing Ducati.

For Pro Bike Racing’s James Evans (pictured), things were looking good as he put the YZF-R6 at the sharp end of the grid in qualifying.

Unfortunately in race one, he added his name to the long list of riders who have fallen victim to Craner Curves, leaving the team with a lot of repair work to do before they head to Tonfanau at the end of this month. Thankfully James came away relatively unscathed, although definitely in need of a new set of leathers.

In the Pre-Injection 700 class, Will Bryant was also looking to strengthen his claim to the 2018 title on his steel-framed CBR600. The Shropshire based rider set a new class lap record on his way to one of two superb wins, as he extended his lead over James McHardy in the championship to 22 points.

Congratulations to everyone who raced at Donington despite the ever changing conditions.

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