Kirton rider Clarke unhurt after crash

Aaron Clarke had to jump out of the way following a crash. Photo by Adrian Smith
Aaron Clarke had to jump out of the way following a crash. Photo by Adrian Smith
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The final round of the National Superstock 600 Championship did not go quite to plan for Kirton rider Aaron Clarke but he bravely fought his way from the back of the grid to finish the crash-strewn affair in 23rd place.

The weather played its part in free practice and qualifying but, starting the race from an eighth row grid position, he got away to a good start and was running in 20th place on the first lap.

But he ran on the grass along the back straight which lost him time and places back to 25th.

Clarke was poised to begin his move forward when the bike just ahead of him blew the engine which caused several riders to crash on the slippery surface.

Clarke was unhurt but had to jump out of way pretty quickly as a bike hurtled towards him.

The race was immediately red-flagged and a new race was declared to run over six laps of the Brands Hatch circuit with Clarke starting from the pit lane.

He said: “Well, it’s safe to say the last race of the year was eventful! But I managed to set a new personal best time along the way.”