MOTORCYCLING: Horncastle racer Silvester still leads championship

Aaron Silvester leads the pack at Castle Combe. Photo: Sue Silvester
Aaron Silvester leads the pack at Castle Combe. Photo: Sue Silvester

Castle Combe proved to be a tough venue for Horncastle racer Aaron Silvester but, despite a non-finish last Sunday, he scored a strong third place the previous day to maintain his championship lead in the NGRR Mini-twins class.

Friday testing went well as Aaron improved his dry set-up and felt very comfortable on the Suzuki SV650.

Eighteen-year-old Aaron qualified well in third place for Saturday’s race and rode through to a safe third place with two non-championship runners ahead of him who did not affect the championship standings.

Sunday’s racing began in the wet with a full wet practice in the morning, but just before the qualifying race was due to start the track was drying fast and he made a quick decision to risk running on dry tyres and the Stralia Race Tech team made a very swift tyre change, which proved to be the right way to go as it was dry all round the track.

Aaron won the qualifying race with ease and began the championship race from pole position. But he was unable to take advantage of his strong showing in practice, as his bike suffered a clutch failure and forced him out of the race.

Aaron said: “I had a great start to the race, leading my class but then the race was red flagged due to a rider crashing. At the restart, I didn’t get away so well but was up to third half way round the first lap.

“But then as I came round the last corner of that lap, I had a clutch failure and was forced to pull out of the race. I can only be glad it wasn’t a DNF due to a crash.”

After seven rounds of the 13-round championship, Aaron leads by 12 points from Paul Wardell. Aaron will be looking to add more points to his tally at the next round at Thruxton at the end of the month.

Aaron expressed his thanks to Stralia Race Tech, A & J Racing, PJR Shaw Farms, Fuchs Silkolene, his parents, Max, Tom Nixon, John Stones and everyone else who has supported him/.