Fri, 22 Jun 2018

Three times the Donnington demon

Tough start finishes with three strong results for Scott at Donnington Park

A challenging start would end up becoming a fantastic weekend for our Service Technician, Scott Carson as he came away with some fantastic race results last week in the Yamaha Past Masters championship aboard his TZR250 – winning all three rookie races and even breaking into the top 6 of the main races.

After a successful meeting at Snetterton last month, Scott was looking to build on his winning-winning streak and add more points to his rookie championship challenge. But, it wasn’t going to be plain sailing, as rain greeted his first Donnington practice session.

The wet track did nothing to dampen his spirits however, as he pressed on to break the top ten, finishing the session in 7th position of a field 32 riders strong.

Things took a turn for the worse in qualifying, as problems with the power valve of the TZR left Scott struggling and ultimately qualifying in 25th, meaning that the pressure was really going to be on come the race to achieve a good result.

After wiring the power valve wide open, a hard-fought first race would see him ride around the problem to ultimately finish in in first position in the rookies’ championship and finish 11th in the clubman championship overall. A very strong result given the problems and challenges faced.

The racing is broken up in two individual championships – the clubman race, which is the main event and consists of all riders in the class, and a rookies championship, which operates as a standalone championship for those who are newer to racing and is the main focus of Scott’s attention this season.

The second race of the day would prove more successful, and continue building on the strength of race one.

“I managed to get away with the front group on the second race” said Scott. “At the start of the season, my goal was to break into the top 10 of the main races, while pushing for wins in the rookie class. After I achieved that at Snetteron last time out though, I wanted to build on this and aim to finish somewhere I the top 6.”

And, he achieved that in the second race, coming fourth in the main standings and again winning the rookie class.

The final race of the meeting would see Scott again breaking into the top 10 of the main standings, finishing 7th overall and winning his third rookie class win of the weekend. It puts him in a great position overall, and he’s currently sitting second in the rookies championship after four meetings – one of which he had to miss due to family commitments.

“I’m mega pleased with this meeting. Finishing fourth was a really strong result and I’m getting a lot more confidence with the bike” he said. “There were a lot more people in this race than at previous meetings, which made it harder to get through the pack, especially with the problems I had with the power valve.

“Donnington is my favourite circuit and is somewhere I absolutely love riding. I’m sitting at second in the Rookie championship now and am catching the leader fast. I just need to make sure I focus on the rookie championship, and not get too tangled up with the guys in the clubman races.”

Scott’s looking forward to his next race now, and is hoping to make an attack on the championship lead, where he’s hoping he can remain until the end of the season.

The next meeting will be at Brands Hatch GP and will take place on 6-8 July. Keep checking back for further updates on how his season is going.