Victory for Railton at Snetterton

TEENAGE biker Jonathan Railton claimed victory in class at the famous Snetterton racetrack in Norfolk. Racing in the national Hottrax six-hour endurance race at the weekend, Railton, 17, produced a fine display to finish first in the Supersport 600 class

TEENAGE biker Jonathan Railton claimed victory in class at the famous Snetterton racetrack in Norfolk.

Racing in the national Hottrax six-hour endurance race at the weekend, Railton, 17, produced a fine display to finish first in the Supersport 600 class and third overall.

Railton, from Grafham, races for the St Neots-based Ducks Cross Racing Team and helped his side qualify first in class and fifth overall.

From the Le Mans-style start, Railton battled with the Best Choice Endurance team to head the class after the first hour.

Grant Wagstaff, from Bedford, took over to extend the team's lead in difficult circumstances when his session was interrupted by rain showers.

The team elected to not to bring Grant into the pits for a change to wet weather tyres as Grant was posting impressive lap times on slick tyres compared to the opposition. At the end of the second hour, Martin Landmann from Keysoe, took over and maintained the team's position until the end of the third hour.

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The pattern would be repeated for the next three sessions with a final changeover to refuel for the last 20 minutes. Jonathan crossed the line after six hours with three laps to spare ahead of the fourth-placed finisher. The team completed 270 laps.

The pit crew again played their part in the outcome of the race with effortless fuel stops. They were undoubtedly one of the quickest in pit row.

The Pirelli-shod Yamaha YZF600R6 ran faultlessly and much credit for the reliability falls on the synthetic oil provided by Fuch-Silkolene. The oil provides much need protection for these engines that run at over 15000rpm for six hours non-stop.

n The next round of the Championship is at Cadwell Park, Lincolnshire on August 29. Visit www.hottrax-motorsport.co.uk

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