Stoneham Dominates First MSA Win
The fourth round of the HKRC club championship at Kimbolton was difficult but rewarding for Simon. Saturday had a particularly positive start to the day, however, a disastrous afternoon put team spirits at a low before heading onto race day...
Unlike most drivers, Stoneham really enjoys the damp and wet conditions caused by the rain and thrives in these circumstances which happened to be present during Sunday's race day!
RACE 1:Simon began this race at 6th and had a poor start, dropping to 8th place at the end of Lap 1. Despite this, he set fast laps throughout which were considerably faster than the leading pack. Simon made inroads, but due to a lack of race craft, he struggled to fight to the front and subsequently finished a respectable P5 on the road. Having said this, he had a front fairing penalty which added 10 seconds to his race time, putting him to the back of the field.
RACE 2:Stoneham started the second heat in 8th place and after a reasonable start, found himself in 7th, with good pace. As Stoneham began to work his way up through the field, his chain was ripped off and jammed around the axel, consequently causing a DNF. This was not the start to the day which Simon particularly wanted.
RACE 3:With a shocker of a start to the day, Stoneham had nothing to lose. He began at pole position (1st place) and dominated from lights to flag in a spectacular fashion, thus taking his first season and career win. Simon walked away from Race 3 content, a huge smile on both his and team owner Jack Dex's faces.
FINAL: After two disastrous races and a fantastic win, Simon qualified at 7th place for the final and, after a good start, was up to 5th place where he crossed the line and, after a front fairing penalty, finished 7th. Stoneham was happy with a solid and very positive round 4 with a very special win.
"What a weekend! After the first two heats, all I wanted to do was go home, but I went out and did it the Stoneham way. Big thanks to Jack Dex, Jade Engines my Grandad and my Dad, faultless on the spanners all weekend. Finally." says Stoneham, a grin upon his face.
“After a tough start to the day, it was great to see Simon get his first ever MSA heat win in Junior X30. Well done, mate. Pleased for you. Your hard work is paying off!”says JDR team leader, Jack Dex.