With a cloudy but dry forecast the ‘UK National Finals’ at Santa Pod was round 7 of the NAST championship and round 3 of the new SP ETB series. A full day of qualifying with 3 sessions completed by all, despite a couple of oil-downs , with session 2 dominated in ETB/NAST by 4 out of the top 5 competitors being in SuperTwins. The blustery conditions were affecting this group with several breakouts due to the changing conditions. Gas saw a series of 9.3s runs by Alfie Udall on the Harley Sporster who was closely followed by Scott Collier, Suzuki TL (consistent and reliable ‘bike now for sale to make room for new project) , but Markus Mueller on the SS Harley was having problems on every run and Les Harris and Ivana v d Berg were no-shows.
After an overnight shower the strip was ready for action by 10.30. Gas had a further qualifying session where Alfie produced another 9.3 to remain number 1 qualifier and by the end of the day winner of the Gas class with Scott Collier a close second.
With 18 bikes in ETB/NAST first round came quickly at 11.00 where Fiona Moor, Dave Smart and Peter Harrison successfully moved to round2. Peter Harrison was the only winner in this round with a stunning 0.0072 reaction time to beat ex-twin racer Joe Elliott and he was rewarded with a bye in the next round. Unfortunately he red-lit in the semi-final but went home with some well-earned points after the electrical problems at the start of the season.