BROMSGROVE racer Jake Clark endured a tough weekend at the latest round of the Hel Performance Motostar British standard class Championship at Oulton Park.
The first practice session on Friday was a wet affair but the 14-year-old managed to pull out all the stops to achieve a time of 1:56.662.
On the drying Cheshire circuit in the second session, Clark improved his time to 1:53.172 to put him 11th at the end of the day.
Saturday’s qualifying session proved to be a hard pill to swallow for Clark as he was caught out on the slippery surface on lap six.
A rider fell in front of him and he was forced to take evasive action at turns and ten and 11 which lead to a small clash and the end of qualifying for Clark.
Starting from the back row for the first race of the weekend, Clark got off to a good start and set a new fastest lap time of 1:51.725 on the dry track.
However, he only managed to get in two full laps before an electrical fault brought his race to a premature end.
Just as the second race was about to get underway, there was a light drizzle which meant the racers were forced to put on the wet tyres.
Lining up in tenth, Clark again got off to another good start but on the third lap he clipped a kerb which sent him into the gravel trap at turn ten.
“It was a difficult weekend,” Clark said. “The weather was different all weekend which did not help.
“Obviously I’m not happy to have two DNFs but they are the first I’ve had this year.
“I can’t worry about that now. I’m already thinking of racing in Assen in a couple of weeks.”