Deano Donny Domination
It was a clean sweep for championship leader Dean “Deano” Stimpson this weekend at Donington Park, with three clear wins, pole position and laps in the low 1.48’s being significantly better than the best of the rest in the field.
It’s not a circuit that the DFDS Seaways Yamaha Past Masters have raced at that often over the last few years, so circuit knowledge may be a bit light for the normal challengers for the podium, but Deano started off quick with a gap of around a second per lap to the nearest challenger in qualifying, and stretched this to two seconds per lap over the weekend in the races as various regulars from the field came and went.
Matt “Not A…..” Barber, Ben “Smiley” Miles and Doug “BBQ” Edmondson shared the smaller pots from the three races, but the nearest anyone got to Deano as the chequered flag fell was around 10 seconds. Looks like the 2013 title is nearly in the bag, although with a 95 point lead the job isn’t quite done yet.....
Over in Clubman Cup corner Mike “Properjob” Wake made his best ever 4th place in qualifying count by taking a win in the first race, then followed up with a second and third to make a nice set of trophies for the garage. Dick “The Barber” Sawyer recovered after a DNF in the first race to take the other two wins to stretch his class lead to 76 points, while Jamie “Razor Jr.” Sharpe picked up his first ever pot for third in the first race on Saturday - first ever for riding anyway, Jamie was actually the YPM Crasher Of The Year in 2012!! Paul Toland and Kev Marshall shared the other class trophies.
Rookies were a bit thin on the ground at this meeting, but Matt took all three wins while running at the sharp end of the main race to pull out a 24 point gap at the top of the standings.
Next Meeting: 17th & 18th August, Brands Hatch GP