MOTORCYCLING: Clarke is hoping for happier memories

Aaron Clarke.
Aaron Clarke.
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Kirton rider Aaron Clarke heads back to Knockhill in Scotland this weekend for the first time since a serious injury two years ago.

He spent a few days in hospital after suffering a badly-damaged arm which then prevented him from completing the rest of the season.

Clarke is relishing the chance to prove he can conquer the demanding short circuit in the Superstock 600 series.

He is out first on Friday when the stock 600 class take to the track at 9.15am for free practice and then again at 2pm for the first of two qualifying sessions.

On Saturday final qualifying takes place at 2.50pm.

There is a short warm-up on Sunday at 9.50am ahead of the 22-lap race at 2.15pm.

Clarke’s draperRACING team-mate Tommy Philp will be contesting two races again in the British Supersport class – the short sprint race on Saturday and the feature race on Sunday.

He is out on Friday at 9.55am for free practice and again at 2.40pm.

The solitary qualifying session is on Saturday at 10.55am and that sets the grid for the 18-lap sprint race at 5.10pm.

There is a short warm-up at 10.03am ahead of the 26-lap feature race at 3.35pm.

Meanwhile, the Wyberton-based G&S Racing Kawasaki team head to Knockhill for the next round of the Superstock 1000 championship.

However, the team remain unsure as to whether Tom Fisher will be fit to race which could leave ‘Flying Dutchman’ Kevin Van Leuven to fly the flag.

Fisher dislocated his knee in an accident a couple of weeks ago.

The weekend begins with a free practice session at 12.10pm on Friday followed by first qualifying at 4.15pm.

Final qualifying is at 11.35am on Saturday and this will set the grid for the race on Sunday. There is a short warm-up at 9.11am ahead of the 24-lap race at 12.40pm.