MOTORCYCLING: High five as Aaron records best finish

Aaron Clarke at Brands Hatch last weekend. Photo by Adrian Smith

Aaron Clarke at Brands Hatch last weekend. Photo by Adrian Smith

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Both draperRACING riders completed their final race of the season in the points at Brands Hatch.

Aaron Clarke recorded a personal best result of fifth in the Superstock 600 class and Tommy Philp was 17th in the Sprint race and 11th in the Feature race.

Kirton’s Clarke qualified well to start the 12-lap affair from the fourth row.

He was running in 12th place when his race was red-flagged.

At the re-start, run over just six laps, Clarke was soon up to ninth place.

On the second lap he was sixth and on the penultimate lap he moved into the top five.

Once ahead, he powered his draperRACING Yamaha through the final lap to cross the finish line for fifth place to pick up 11 championship points.

Clarke said: “I felt really good in that race and am so pleased to have brought a top-five result and 11 points back to the team.

“My congratulations to Tommy as he too rode so well and brought a good points finish home and his best result. Let’s hope we can both build on this next year and pick up where we left off.

“I have to thank my team for their hard work. Also a huge thank you to Paul Draper who put the draperRACING team together at the beginning of the season.”

Meanwhile, the G&S Racing Kawasaki riders Tom Fisher and Kevin Van Leuven rode 18th and 22nd places respectively in dire conditions at Brands Hatch in the final race of the season on Sunday.

Team manager Mark Fisher said: “Despite the inclement weather conditions that affected every race on the programme, both my riders went well.

“It’s been a challenging season for the team but we made big steps forward with development.”