Freddie Pett extends championship lead after double podium at Snetterton British Superbike meeting
21:33 15 June 2014
Freddie Pett bucked the trend as one of the few local riders to enjoy his home race weekend at Snetterton through the British Superbike support series.
The King’s Lynn rider extended his lead in the Tristar R&G Triple Triumph Challenge Championship standings after salvaging two podiums from an up and down weekend.
Leading Saturday’s first race, the M40 Dales Racing youngster was pipped to the flag by championship rival Phil Atkinson – who took the championship lead with it.
Pett’s fifth in the day’s second race was again a place behind Atkinson, before Atkinson crashed out of Sunday’s final race – leaving Pett flying through the field to claim second and a 16-point championship lead.
Marham’s RAF Reserves outfit were at Snetterton pay tribute to their fallen rider Simon Andrews – and also hoping Conor Cummins would build on his eighth place in the Superstock 1000 Championship.
But a tough weekend saw Cummins only ably to qualify 24th and while he improved to 19th in the race, Cummins luck ran out.
Oil left on the circuit from Ashley Beech’s engine blowout claimed Cummins and two others at Palmer on lap six. The race was red-flagged moments later and completed later in the afternoon, when the result left Cummins ninth in the championship standings.
Norwich’s Matt Layt was happy to return to action at his home circuit, following a lengthy break from action after knee surgery.
And he complete Saturday’s British Supersport sprint race and Sunday’s feature, although the Evo Cup rider struggled for pace on his Formwise Suzuki.
Gorleston’s Charlie King enjoyed a podium in the Triple Challenge at Snetterton last year, but this time a blown valve meant he didn’t complete a race lap in the Superstock 600s, where Norwich’s Jack Keen had to make do with 24th at the line.