2014 TriStar R&G Triple Challenge leader Freddy Pett took another step closer to securing the crown with another stunning double victory at Donington Park. He now holds a 50 point advantage over second place Phil Atkinson. In the Cup class, it was a debut victory for Max Alexander in the opening race with series leader Sam Thompson bouncing back to take the second.
Having already visited the Donington Park circuit in May while supporting the World Superbike series, the TriStar R&G Triple Challenge riders were quickly on the pace in opening free practice. Picking up where he left off at Cadwell Park, Championship leader Freddy Pett topped the timesheets setting pole position with lap record breaking pace, finishing 0.738s ahead of second place Phil Atkinson with Cup leader Sam Thompson taking a debut front row in third.
Storming away from pole position in the opening race, Pett was unchallenged as he cruised to his sixth victory of the year by 5.736s. It was an action packed affair behind him however as Atkinson and Scott Pitchers battled for second, with Pitchers eventually taking the position as he moved to third in the championship. Despite still suffering from breaking his collarbone two weeks ago, Sam Cox finished fourth with Krister Bohm taking a strong fifth. In the Cup class, Thompson’s incredible run of eight consecutive wins came to an end when he crashed out of contention. It was Max Alexander who took the victory, his debut in the class, finishing ahead of Terry Lewis and Andrew Lund.
Once again grabbing the holeshot, Pett faced stiffer competition in the second race as Atkinson latched onto the youngster’s rear. With the pair continuously breaking the lap record throughout the race, it eventually went to Pett who set a 1:35.398 on the seventh lap on route to victory. Scott Pitchers rounded out the podium, with Tom Carne and Cox taking fourth and fifth. Thompson bounced back from his race one crash to take victory in the second outing, finishing ahead of Alexander and Lewis.
This weekend saw the TriStar R&G Triple Challenge welcome 53 year old Dean Mitchell to the grid whose son Stuart is a former Red Bull Rookie GP rider.
Freddy Pett said; “A Double, double, great! Yesterday might have looked easy but towards the end I was really struggling for grip. It was a cold track so I’m sure that was it. But I realised it was a big gap and controllable.
Today’s race was a bit strange, Phil kept me honest and kept pushing but what was weird was the shadows on the track made it look like he was about to overtake me at every corner! My brother and the whole crew do so much for me I have great support, all I have to do is the easy bit and twist the throttle!”
T3 Racing owner and series organiser Tony Scott said, “Big congratulations to Freddy Pett – his fourth consecutive win has seen him build a healthy lead at the top of the standings and given him the option to wrap the title up at Silverstone. The battle for second place is heating up though as Atkinson, Pitchers and Cox are split by just 7.5 points.
It was a pair of strong races this weekend, although Freddy ran off with the opening one Phil Atkinson pushed him hard in that second race. I would like to say well done to Sam Cox too who is still suffering from his broken collarbone. We move to Silverstone next and I’m excited to see how the final TriStar R&G Triple Challenge will pan out!”