11th Dec, 2018

Bromsgrove racer Clark battles through the pain to claim more points

Craig Gibbons 26th Jul, 2018

BROMSGROVE racer Jake Clark battled through the pain to pick up more points at the fourth round of the Hel Performance British Motostar Championship at Brands Hatch last weekend.

The 14-year-old is now inside the top 15 in the championship following his results.

For free practice the riders had mixed weather for the first sessions and Clark spent most of his time trying to improve his gear changing technique.

His time of 1:40.362 put him in 12th.

Rain then fell before the second session so the riders went out in full wets but they soon darted back into the pit lane to wait for the track to dry.

Eventually Clark was back out on track on slick tyres but the surface was not dry enough to make an improvement on his time set in the first session.

Unlike free practice, the weather for qualifying was perfect but Clark started 13th in his category after a 100mph crash at Paddock Hill.

Clark was bruised from the accident but was okay to race, unlike the bike which needed a quick repair.

Clark made use of the warm-up laps in the first race to get to grips with his repaired bike and he got off to a good start.

However, he struggled to maintain the pace and was beginning to feel the aches and pains from his earlier fall.

Despite this, Clark crossed the line in 12th.

In the second race Clark got off to another solid start and was almost caught out at Paddock Hill once again after coming into the bend too quickly.

Wary of another crash, he eased off the pace to maintain control of his bike before going on to finish 16th to collect more points.

Clark said: “Thanks to my team Wilson Racing and Kyle Ryde’s dad, Sean, for helping get me back out on track for race one after my crash in qualifying.

“I got a bit tired towards the end but we scored points.

“Race two started well but when I made a mistake at the same place as I did in qualifying I fell back and it altered my race plan.”

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