Higlett Extends 100% Record
Graham Higlett extended his 100% record for the season, and as a result his championship lead, after taking all four wins at Silverstone.
The 2012 champion looks untouchable at the moment, with Doug Edmondson, Peter Moore and Andy Davies the closest riders to him but some way off the blistering pace set by the current series leader.
Higlett qualified on pole, with Simon Braby and Moore alongside him on the front row. He then sailed to a race one victory aboard his Face to Face Finance sponsored TZR250, crossing the line nearly five seconds ahead of Edmondson and Moore, who spent the race locked in a titanic battle for the two remaining podium spots. Just half a second split them at the flag, and after a race long dice, it was Edmondson took second place.
Andy Davies came across the line in fourth, chased all race long by James Sharpe, who claimed a personal best ever finish in fifth and took the Clubman win. Paul Whitby claimed second Clubman in sixth, leading a five-way battle, which included Trevor Sharpe, who finished third Clubman in eighth, and Rookie class winner Michael Stanley, in 10th.
Race two was much in the same vein as race one, with Higlett taking the win by nearly six seconds this time, while Edmondson and Moore renewed their battle from race one, finishing in the same order at the flag.
Davies ended up in a lonely fourth place, ahead of a seven rider-long train for fifth place. Holding fifth early on was James Sharpe, who fended off several attempts by Whitby to make a pass. Whitby was eventually passed by both Lee Finney and Simon Braby, the two riders coming from the back off the grid after failing to make the start of race one.
Braby sat sixth heading on to the last lap, before making a move for fifth place at the end of the Hangar Straight, holding the position to the line to take fifth. James Sharpe was the leading Clubman in sixth, with Whitby second in eighth and John Walker third in ninth.
The battle for top Rookie was well and truly on in race two, with less than a second covering Stanley and Sacha Gyte at the flag. Stanley claimed his second Rookie win of the weekend and of the season, finishing 12th, with Gyte 13th.
Sunday's opening race saw a shake up of the podium, and while Higlett took his third win of the weekend, Davies took an impressive second place, less than two seconds back of the race winner as the chequered flag came out.
Behind, Edmondson and Moore continued to trade positions and paint for that remaining podium position, with Edmondson claiming his third podium finish and third position.
Braby and Finney came home in fifth and sixth, just three tenths of a second between them, with James Sharpe the leading Clubman rider across the line in seventh, with Walker second Clubman in eighth and Whitby third Clubman in 10th, just behind Mike Wake, the three of them involved in a race-long scrap, with six hundredths of a second covering Walker and Wake in the results.
Gyte took the win in the Rookie class, with Tim Hall keeping himself in contention for the Rookie crown taking second, with Stanley third rookie.
The final race of the weekend saw some of the closest action of the weekend. Higlett disappeared to take his most convincing win, finishing six seconds ahead of a thrilling battle for the remaining podium positions, with four riders going at it.
At the line, less than a second covered positions two to five, with Davies second and Edmondson third, just ahead of Braby, who recovered after he was clattered into by James Sharpe off the start, and Moore, the pair finishing fourth and fifth.
Finney and Wake went at it for sixth and seventh, ahead of a scrap for top Clubman honours, which saw Walker just fend off the attacks of Whitby, half a second the difference at the line, to take his first Clubman win of the season.
Trevor Sharpe claimed third Clubman and kept his title challenge on track, crossing the line two tenths of a second ahead of James Sharpe after a last lap scrap that came down to the chicane, and Gyte, who had been involved in a battle with Trevor Sharpe until contact with James Sharpe, who was attempting to make a move at turn three and dropped him two seconds back, claimed top Rookie honours.
Gyte's wins in the rookie class on Sunday mean he is now just one point off the championship lead, with Stanley leading the way, while James Sharpe leads the Clubman championship by 10 points from Whitby.
Higlett's perfect weekend means he boasts 200 points and leads the championship, with Edmondson second on 140.
Photos: E.G.B Photography