19th Nov, 2017

Bromsgrove's Jake Clark claims two tenth-placed finishes at Silverstone

Craig Gibbons 13th Sep, 2017

TEENAGE racer Jack Clark secured two tenth place finishes on his debut appearance on the Grand Prix track at Silverstone in round nine of the Hel Performance Motostar British Championship.

Back on his Honda NSF250R Moto3 machine the Bromsgrove racer pushed hard in the rainy conditions throughout both free practice sessions on Friday before finishing 13th in his class.

Saturday then presented the qualifying session in the much dryer conditions with Clark securing 12th spot for race one with a time of two minutes 28.901 seconds.

At the start of the first eight-lap race the 14-year-old made up two places before losing them again in the early exchanges.

Clark settled into tenth and overtook Scott Swann into ninth before dropping back to the last of the top ten positions.

For the ten-lap race on Sunday morning, Clark set off at a fantastic pace, setting his best lap time of the weekend, clocking 2:26.650.

After avoiding an early crash, he managed to hold off Shane Faber at the line to secure another tenth-placed finish.

Clark was also the third-fastest through the speed trap.

“It was amazing to be back at Silverstone and this time to ride the GP circuit,” said Clark.

“It is so big and flat compared to Cadwell Park where we raced last time.

“This was my first time in the rain on this bike and it took time to trust the bike.”

He added: “In race one I was really buzzing. I was riding in the group of riders I want to be up with.

“In race two I was battling with a couple of guys when they crashed.

“They went over the grass and came back on to the track so I had to slow right down.

“I really enjoyed the circuit and the racing and got my lap time down.”

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