First podium for Sprowston’s Jake Newstead comes at Snetterton
Norwich's Jake Newstead had a weekend to remember as his home track delivered a first British Superstock 600 podium.
The 24-year-old former Sprowston High School pupil took third in one of a host of thrilling races supporting the British Superbikes weekend – the biggest meeting for the track's new three-mile format to date.
And Newstead found the new asphalt to his liking with a classy finish. Only title challengers Glenn Irwin and Connor Behan stayed in front as the Norwich rider rose to 10th in the championship.
'I'm ecstatic – it's really nice when you've got all your friends and family here and you can actually come up with the goods,' said Newstead. 'It's my best result so far and it could not have been better than the way it turned out. It's like a dream really, I'm living the dream at the moment.
'My previous best was fifth, which I had earlier on in the season, so to get a podium in front of my home crowd is unbelievable. We were jokingly saying after qualifying if we could get the set-up sorted we could run with the front boys – as it turned out we could.'
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The Team Tinkler's man, seventh on the grid, made early gains with some sweet moves before a red flag and minor skirmish elsewhere on track robbed him of third at the restart, as the officials wound back the classification one lap.
However, after the half-hour delay Newstead did not take long to retake the position – and he did a sterling job to hold off James East and Freddie Russo, taking a bundle of points as a second red flag ended proceedings.
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Norwich rival Alex Barkshire – openly happy for Newstead – did well to make places through the 10 laps, taking 17th from a row six start on his Yamaha.
'I'm happy with it regards the set-up time we had,' said the 21-year-old. 'An extra 0.4 seconds and I would've been on the edge of the top 10 in qualifying, but I can't moan at the result – I went from 23rd to 17, so it's not too bad.'
King's Lynn's Freddy Pett converted a row-two start into a podium in the final Triumph Triple Challenge race, but an error on lap four all but ended the British Supersport round for North Walsham's Anthony Rogers, who did well to claw back places and finish 21st on Sunday.
The Superstock 1000s completed proceedings, but East Tuddenham's David Gowen could not match the efforts of his Tinkler's team-mate Newstead – a brake problem ending his race on lap two.
Brundall's Matt Layt came home 20th from his start in 28th on his Formwise/Close Print Racing BMW.
• Local results – British Supersport Championship & Supersport Cup, Race One: 1 Alastair SEELEY (Relentless Suzuki), 2 Ben WILSON (Gearlink Kawasaki), 3 Luke MOSSEY (Smiths Racing); 25 Anthony ROGERS (North Walsham, Team Rogers Racing); Race Two: 1 Alastair SEELEY, 2 Ben WILSON, 3 Luke MOSSEY; 21 Anthony ROGERS.
• National Superstock 1000: 1 Richard COOPER (Buildbase BMW Motorrad), 2 Danny BUCHAN (MSS Colchester Kawasaki) 3 Howie MAINWARING (Colchester Kawasaki); 21 Matt LAYT (Brundall, Formwise-Close Print); DNF 3 laps David GOWEN (East Tuddenham, TTR).
• Metzeler National Superstock 600 Championship: 1 Glenn IRWIN (MWR), 2 Connor BEHAN (Bristol Kawasaki), 3 Jake NEWSTEAD (Norwich, Team Tinkler's); 17 Alex BARKSHIRE (Norwich, OTW).
• Harley-Davidson XR1200 Trophy: 1 James WEBB (Blade Motorsport), 2 Torquil PATERSON (Edinburgh), 3 Dijon COMPTON (Leeds); 9 Julian TILLOTSON (Guildford & Norwich HD); 12 Aaron EASTER (East Harling, HD UK).
• Triumph Triple Challenge, Race One: 1 Ashley BEECH (AB Racing), 2 Luke JONES (KGD Racing), 3 Tommy DALE (Power2Connect); 5 Freddy PETT (King's Lynn, M40); Race Two: 1 Luke JONES, 2 Tommy DALE, 3 Peter WARD (Peter Ward Racing), 4 Freddy PETT; Race Three: 1 Luke JONES, 2 Ashley BEECH, 3 Freddy PETT.