With the Gas class championship already decided by Joe Elliot’s unbeatable score all eyes were on the ET class as Keiran aimed to consolidate his first place with Pete determined to take the title from him. The sun was shining, no hint of rain which had affected many race meetings this year, and the pits were unusually devoid of many RWYB racers. The NAST marquee was up and full of some of the entry for this, the last round of the SuperTwins championship for 2014.
Pete and the ever reliable Ducati were poised to rescue his number 1 plate from the improving Kieran on the 500cc Kawasaki (to be replaced next season by an Aprilia Mille). Cary was back on the big Suzuki hoping the addition of Nitrous would see even quicker times and Joe had elected to ride his street legal Harley in ET. Dave on Nigel’s slick and bars Buell also had his sights on PBs with the assistance of the magic gas with Tim on his CX Turbo (also on Nitrous) in Gas. With Tim running his usual CX in the ET class as well this involved a bit of juggling in the qualifying sessions. Robbie on the Honda SP1 was expecting to consolidate his second spot in the Gas championship while Chris had entered the big Harley but was unable to ride due to electrical problems with the ECM (Electronic/Engine Control Module) despite working towards a solution late on Friday. Much to his horror and shame he was enlisted by Tim to ferry one of his Honda CX machines to the pairing lanes ready for a quick change in qualifying (we have the photos!).
As the Twins were the only championship class being run, and the track was unusually quiet, a quick discussion about the qualifying session timetable resulted in a suggestion accepted by all concerned. It was decided that the 3 qualifying slots would be brought forward and the eliminations run later in the day. This would allow racing to be completed in the event that the weather changed on Sunday and allowed more track time for those wishing to Test and Tune. Thanks to Tony Smith and SCR this was accepted so on with the first Qualifying session.
Qualifying in ET saw some superb reaction times from Tim – 0.098, Pete – 0.072, Joe – 0.051 but Kieran found his form again with a 0.029 but it was Joe who got the number 1 spot and a bye in the first round. Pete came a close second followed by Keiran, Tim and then Cary who hadn’t ridden for most of the season due to an operation. In the eliminations all eyes were on Pete on the Ducati as he lined up against Tim on the CX. With a chance to keep his number 1 plate for another year he needed a perfect run to the final but it was not to be as the red light on the tree handed the win to Tim. Kieran then showed his dominance this season by putting Cary out. In the semi-finals Tim got the bye and Kieran, going for the hole-shot red-lit against Joe. In the final against the two very experienced racers in Joe and Tim it was Joe who came through with an almost perfect ET to Tim’s breakout.
In Gas, Qualifying between Dave on the Buell and the Honda of Robbie was reasonably close. With some high 9 second runs from Dave and a competition PB 10.017 from Robbie the final was expected to be close. Tim brought the CX in third spot with a best run of 14 seconds but suffering from engine management problems (may be Harley gremlins were spreading?). Dave got the bye in the first round of eliminations and Robbie cautiously waited for a green light before overtaking the ailing CX Honda in the other lane. In the final Dave got the Buell down to 9.67 and, despite a slightly better reaction time, the Honda was no match.
Congratulations to Kieran for winning his first NAST ET championship and to Joe for retaining number 1 in Gas but probably for the last time as he is off to race in a different class in 2015.