|SNETTERTON 200 SEPT - REPORT|
BMCRC Round 9
Snetterton 200: September 8 / 9
The Champion of Snetterton - Anthony Cooper
The MSV/BMCRC Champion of Snetterton Trophy was awarded to Anthony Cooper on Sunday afternoon. Anthony scored 225 points which was a maximum haul from the three rounds that Club has held at Snetterton this season. Our first meeting on the 300 in March then the 200 in July and September. Competing in the Premier 600 on a Supersport Yamaha R6, Anthony has had an outstanding season. He is also a main contender for the Champion of Brands Trophy to be awarded at the next round.
Jones Narrows Couzens Lead
Jesse Jones narrowed Dan Couzens championship lead in the BMCRC Michelin Minitwins, but was left wondering what it could have been after crashing out of race two on Saturday.
Coming into the weekend, Couzens held a 49 point advantage over Jones, but it wasn’t the best weekend for the team V-Speed rider, who failed to score a single podium.
By contrast, Jones notched three podium finishes, including a race win, but failed to fully capitalise after crashing on the last lap on Saturday afternoon.
In race one the close racing the class has become renowned for in recent years was on display again, with the podium covered by less than three tenths of a second.
Charlie King took the win on his S&S Panelcraft Suzuki SV650, with Jones second and Ashley Buxton third. Buxton scored an outstanding Minitwin outright lap record in his efforts to get in front, a superb lap of 1.17.771 on his fifth lap of the seven.
It was an ideal start for Jones, who needed the points to have a chance of overturning the deficit and fighting for the championship at Brands Hatch for the final round.
But it took a turn for the worse in race two, and as he fought for the lead, he crashed out of contention on the final lap. Heading under the bridge down the back straight he clipped the rear wheel of Charlie King and went down.
That left King to take his second win of the weekend just ahead of Jordan Gilbert and Rowan Miller on his Kawasaki ER6 in third. Ashley Buxton was fourth and Couzens fifth, as just one second covered the top five.
Jones made amends on Sunday, and worked hard to make sure he was still in contention at the final round.
In race one he came through the field to finish third, just ahead of Couzens, while Charlie King quietly went about his business to take his third win of the weekend ahead of the SV650 of Gilbert.
Jones took his win in the final race of the weekend and made sure that he is in the mix at Brands Hatch. With Couzens finishing fifth, the gap going into the final round sits at 31 points.
King, who took second in the final race is only five points further back and is definitely boasts an outside shot at the title. Neil MacQueen rode to an excellent but lonely third.
National Junior Cup
Hill Dominant As Law Puts One Hand On The Title
Stefan Hill was dominant in the penultimate round of the National Junior Cup, taking all four wins, but it was Mason Law who extended his championship lead going into the final round.
Law entered the weekend with a 29 point lead over Aaron Maxfield in the championship, but after taking four second places to Maxfields thirds, he extended his lead at the top to 45 points with 100 to play for.
Hill is mathematically in with a chance of winning the title, but early season crashes have stopped the charismatic youngster being in contention as the season draws to a close.
EDI Asia Formula 400s
Too Little Too Late For Welsh?
Richie Welsh narrowed the gap on series leader Colin Martin at Snetterton this weekend, but with just one round remaining the title looks set to be heading to Martin.
The likeable Welsh played his part, taking two wins and two second placed finishes over the weekend, sharing the spoils with Chris Camps, who scored the same on his Thesportsinjuryclinic.org Kawasaki ZXR400
In race one Camps took the victory from Welsh by just over a tenth of a second, with Martin third on his Honda CBR400. But in race two Welsh went one better, and just edged out Camps, again by a little over a tenth of a second. Gary Henning was third.
On Sunday, Welsh started brightly, and comfortably took the 25 points in race one, crossing the line on his Yamaha FZR400, four seconds ahead of Camps, while Martin was back on the podium in third.
Henning took his second podium finish in the final race of the weekend, taking another third place, while Camps and Welsh diced for the lead. The win eventually went the way of Camps, and Welsh now sits 74 points adrift of Martin going into the final round.
BMCRC Premier 600s
Cooper Takes Premier 600 Title, Angles Clubman Champion
Anthony Cooper wrapped up the BMCRC Premier 600 championship at Snetterton, with a dominant display that saw him take maximum points from the four races.
In the Clubman class, Jed Angles was crowned champion after Terry Lewis, who arrived second in the championship, had a poor weekend by his standards.
It was actually Rob Goodall who provided Angles closest competition, but even after moving to second in the championship standings, he still remains 110 points adrift of Angles with one round to go.
In race one Cooper took his first victory by just over a second, with Dan Helyer second and Steve Murphy third. Helyer and Murphy also took first and second in the Stock 600 class, while further down the order Martin Janz took the win in the Clubman class. Just behind him Rob Goodall and Jed Angles were separated by just over a tenth for second and third Clubman.
The overall podium was repeated in race two, with Goodall again edging out the ZX-6R of Angles, with the pair this time first and second in the Clubman class.
Cooper continued his dominance on Sunday, taking victory ahead of Helyer and Premier 600 rider Mark Trowell, In seventh and eighth, Angles just bettered the Yamaha R6 of Goodall.
Helyer took another second in the last race, behind new Premier 600 Champion Cooper, with Matt Ogden third and second Stock 600 rider. Goodall crossed the line eighth, five seconds ahead of Angles in 10th.
However, it was enough for Angles to seal the Clubman Championship with a round to go. In the Stock 600 series, Steve Murphy scored enough points to take a 64 point advantage into the final round ahead of Dan Helyer. Matt Ogden sits six points further back.
Anthony Cooper also won the Champion of Snetterton Title and was presented with the Trophy on the Sunday.
Nelson New Thunderbike Champion
Adam Nelson was crowned the 2012 Bumpstop Thunderbike UK champion at Snetterton, after fending off the final challenge from Seb Kelly.
Nelson arrived at the Norfolk circuit with a slender 12 point advantage over Kelly, and after taking victory in race one he started on the right foot. Kelly was second in the Thunderbike class.
However in race two Kelly was handed a three point advantage when Nelson failed to finish and Kelly finished second to Matt Wildee.
The drama continued in Sunday’s opener, this time when Kelly went missing from proceedings on lap five. Nelson was second, this time to David May.
Nelson wrapped up his championship in the final outing, and despite finishing off the podium, he finished two places ahead of Kelly, winning the championship by 20 points. The final race was won by David May in the Thunderbike class.
Dave Harviek won the Thunderbike Extreme title from Marcus Goose, but Goose secured the Thunderbike Rookie title.
BMCRC Premier & Stock 1000s
Waghorn Nears Stock 1000 Title
Jon Waghorn was all-but crowned 2012 Stock 1000 champion at Snetterton, as Dan Fowler saw his championship hopes dashed with a technical infringement.
2012 Premier 1000 champion Michael Neeves took the win in race one from Waghorn and Premier runner Ben Neeves, with Fowler disqualified.
Fowler did not make the grid for the rest of the weekend, leaving Waghorn to take a third and an overall win on Sunday, all-but cementing the 2012 title.
Michael Neeves took the win in Sunday’s opener from Mark Parbury, with Waghorn winning the final race from Neeves and James Hurrell.
Waghorn heads to Brands with a 37 point lead over Fowler.
In the Clubman 1000 class, John Coughlan heads to Brands 77 points ahead of Lloyd Sutton Foster, and with only 75 up for grabs, he claimed the 2012 Clubman 1000 championship a round early.
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BMZRC 250 MZs
Stimpson MZ Champion
Dean Stimpson sealed the 2012 250MZ title, with it seeming beyond doubt at the start of the weekend.
Stimpson arrived at Snetterton having won 16 of the last 18 races, and a win and two seconds over the weekend were enough to wrap up the title with a round to spare.
Andy Saunders took three wins and a second while Dennis Nelson took three thirds. Chris Rogers took a third and second in the final race of the weekend, as Stimpson didn’t make the grid.
DFDS Seaways Yamaha Past Masters
Higlett With One Hand On The Title
Graham Higlett took all four wins at his home circuit, and put one hand on the championship with a round to go.
Weekend long battles with Steven King were exciting for the spectators, and with Jeremy Hill on a gues ride, it made for interesting viewing.
Higlett took his wins on Saturday from Hill and King, with the positions reversed in race two.
On Sunday Higlett beat King twice, with Ben Miles and John Parbury on the podium in third.
BMCRC F1 / F2 Sidecars
McVaigh / Robinson Take Three From Four
McVaigh and Robinson took three wins and a second in the BMCRC F1 Sidecars on their Suzuki LCR1000, with Knight and Fishwick stealing in to take the final race win of the weekend.
In the F2 class Brown and Anderson took all four wins on their Honda Whiting 600.
BMCRC Open Championship
Waghorn Cements Championship Crown
John Waghorn took four wins from four in the All-Comers Open Championship and secured the 2012 title.
His nearest challenger took a brace of thirds and a brace of seconds, but it was enough for Waghorn to seal the championship.
ACU British F2 Sidecars
Double Win For Bell Pairing
Ian and Carl Bell took two wins in the British F2 Sidecar Championship races, as they joined in with the BMCRC meeting at Snetterton.
The pair’s win came ahead of Bryan and Winn on both occasions, with Brown and Anderson and the pairing of Fenwick and Sayers sharing a third position each in both races.