MOTORCYCLING: Aaron all set to start challenge

Aaron Clarke in action at Cadwell Park. Photo: Sid Diggins
Aaron Clarke in action at Cadwell Park. Photo: Sid Diggins
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Both draperRACING riders begin their 2017 championship campaign this weekend at Donington Park.

Aaron Clarke, of Kirton, returns to action in the Superstock 600 Championship and Tommy Philp, from East Kirkby, will continue in the British Supersport class.

Both riders were on good form at Cadwell Park for a shakedown test.

Despite the inclement weather, they posted fast times, were happy with their progress and looking forward to the official test last week at Donington Park.

But the weather was against the team at Donington as heavy rain hindered their progress.

Despite the cold and wet conditions, both riders went out to get a feel for the bikes and find a wet set-up should the weather be bad for the opening round.

Tommy Philp

Tommy Philp

In the final session Clarke slipped from his machine and that curtailed his track action as, although he was fine, the bike suffered some cosmetic damage and it was decided to call it a day.

Philp was happy with the way his Yamaha handled in the difficult conditions and both riders left the circuit well prepared for the start of their 2017 challenge.

British Supersport

Friday – free practice 10.10am and 3.05pm. Saturday – qualifying 11.45am, sprint race over 10 laps 5.20pm. 
Sunday – warm-up 10.07am, feature race over 18 laps 3.40pm.

Pirelli National Superstock 600

Friday – free practice 9am, 1.15pm. Saturday – qualifying 10.15am. Sunday – warm-up 9am, 14-lap race 12.35pm.