Round 2 of the ACU British Quad-X Championship Series made its way to Frome, Somerset where current points leader Paul Holmes took another overall win and extended his Championship lead.
Round 2, Frome, England (04/06/12)
The valley based, hard pack track was in prime condition after all the rain over the weekend, but as the sun came out on the bank holiday race day, so did the A game of HOLMES Racing's Paul Holmes. With an unfortunate technical issue with the live timing screens, Holmes was un-aware of his progress through qualification and had to settle with a lap which was good enough for 2nd place.
Race 1: With mid week start training paying off, Holmes claimed a huge Holeshot over the chasing field of 32 riders, rounding the first corner in first place and immediately put in the charge to gap the field. Holmes pushed hard for the first 4 laps, setting the fastest lap of the race and pulled out a gap of about 10 seconds which he held until the finish flag claiming his third win in a row this year.
As a multi quad pile-up caught out Holmes in the first turn, he set off in last place and headed after the field with the overall victory looking difficult. Holmes stayed strong and used his speed and imagination to make some spectacular passing on the field and whilst setting another fastest lap of the race Holmes pushed his way all the way to 4th place by the end of the race.
1st - Paul Holmes 73 points
2nd - Carl Bunce 66
3rd - David Cowen 66
4th - Luke Cooper 64
5th - Oliver Sansom 60
2012 Championship standings
1st - Paul Holmes 153 points
2nd - Carl Bunce 138
3rd - Oliver Sansom 119
4th - George Callaway 114
5th - David Wray 105Image by: John Cook
Holmes claimed the overall win by 7 points, extending his Championship lead now to 15 points.
Holmes commented after the days racing action; "I am really pleased with my riding and how today turned out, I was able to ride my own race in race 1, and was unlucky to get caught up in the pile-up in race 2. I knew if I kept going though I was able to get into the top 5 and still had the chance for the overall win which I eventually took so everything worked out well. I need to say a huge thanks to the team and everyone who came and helped this weekend, and also a huge thanks to my great supporting sponsors. The team and I are now heading to Italy for Round 3 of the European Championship which I hope to carry this momentum into.