MOTORCYCLING: Clarke takes 17th as Philp crashes

Aaron Clarke in action at Knockhill. Photo: Dave Yeomans
Aaron Clarke in action at Knockhill. Photo: Dave Yeomans

There were mixed outcomes for the two draperRACING riders at Knockhill with Aaron Clarke taking a 17th-place finish and Tommy Philp paying a visit to hospital.

Birthday boy Philp, who turned 21, was involved in a heavy crash in qualifying and was unable to contest either of his two British Supersport races.

Philp, from East Kirkby, was looking to celebrate in style with good results in his British Supersport races but a crash in the dying seconds 
of Saturday’s qualifying session sent him to A&E for further investigations on his leg and pelvis.

The CT scan showed that there were no broken bones and, after remaining at the hospital for a few hours under observation, he returned to the track.

He went out in morning warm-up on Sunday but he wasn’t comfortable, having suffered ligament damage.

Clarke, from Kirton, was using his Kawasaki for the weekend as his Yamaha is still awaiting spares to complete the rebuild following his crash at Brands Hatch in the Superstock 600 last month.

He was a little apprehensive of racing at the circuit where a crash two years ago that put him out for the remainder of the season.

But he put it behind him and went out to qualify for a 10th row start to the 22-lap race.

From the start he moved up to 23rd place, making up six places on the first lap.

Clarke became embroiled in a race-long fight for position within a large group of riders all seeking a top-15 result, moving through to 17th after nine laps.

Although he remained in 17th place he was very close to the riders ahead, who were all challenging to get into a point-scoring position, and was poised to make a move forward when the rain became heavier, causing the red flag to come out and end the race at two-thirds distance.

“But for the red flag I could have been looking at a top 10 or 11th place finish,” Clarke said.

“My pace was better than some of the guys ahead and my lap times showed I was the 10th fastest rider.”

The next round is on July 10 at Snetterton in Norfolk.