The fifth meeting of 2018 for NG Road Racing saw the next three championship rounds fought out over one of the hottest weekends in decades. With barometer busting 30 degrees heat it was a hard weekend with riders struggling for grip as track temperatures soared. The testing conditions meant that several riders made uncustomary errors…. several bikes cried enough in the heat…. and several stepped up taking wins and lap records.
The undoubted star of the weekend was Kayla Barrington, the 20-year-old who studies at Chichester University. Since switching from her unreliable 675 Triumph Daytona (…that took her to runner up spot in last years newcomers series) to a TKB Racing/Rock Oils R6 Yamaha her performances have been on a steep upward curve. She just missed her maiden 600 podium at Snetterton last time out, but this weekend she pulled out three great rides in the Inlay Management Services 600 Open. She qualified on the front row alongside former 600 Champ Sean Montgomery and early season championship leader Aaron Ridewood. Montgomery needed some points after scoring nothing at Snetterton due to a huge crash. However it was his first time at Pembrey for three years on a recently rebuild ZX6R. Monty set off with his usual aggression, but behind him Ridewood only managed two corners before his R6 cried enough (….that was the end his weekend !!). Barrington was second at the end of lap one. The lead went up to just over two seconds by lap 3 but as the leading two came round for lap 4 and half race distance Kayla was on Sean’s tail. He fully admitted he rolled it off too much but despite the pressure he crossed the line with a one second victory over Kayla and Alex Jones (….no not the one off the one show !!!). The second race saw Montgomery on pole, but he got a terrible start and was down in 6th at the end of lap one. Barrington seized the race by the scruff of the neck and set a string of fast laps. Montgomery was on a charge though and was lapping 0.8 second of a lap faster with a 2.3-second gap to pull back in three laps. The gap was down to 1.3 with two to go but Montgomery tumbled out of the race at Hatchets handing second to Alex Jones. Kayla swept to her maiden 600cc win. To say that the pit wall went wild is an understatement with Kayla’s Mum in floods of joyful tears. Now she had a taste for victory and was on pole for the final outing and set off like a scalded cat knowing that Montgomery was starting from the back of the grid. Sean took twelve places in one lap….. by lap two he was up to sixth…. But then he raised a hand. In the hurry to get the bike prepped after the earlier crash they hadn’t tightened the twistgrip completely and Sean’s pace dropped, although he did limp across the line in seventh. Kayla however took another six second win (……more tears from Mum and family !!!)…. again leading home Alex Jones who with three podiums over the weekend left leading the championship. Kayla is now second just one point off the lead with Donington, her favourite track, next. Monty is just three point’s further back. The top five riders are covered by just 12 points….roll on Donington.
As I said Jones on his TKRC/WSC Performance/REPS R6 tops the points table, astonishingly on his Streetstock Spec Yamaha. He took all three 700 Streetstock finals each time over David Irons and Adam Grosch.
Words by: Russ Gardner - NG Road Racing Media Officer