A RECORD-BREAKING Stars at Darley race and fantastic weather provided a superb finale to the 2012 season at Darley Moor on Sunday.
With the first of the ‘Stars’ events being red-flagged, the two-race aggregate system was abandoned and this left a straight battle for the trophy in race two.
John McGuinness led from the start, but was passed by Peter Hickman on the second lap, then Barry Burrell on the third lap.
With a record-breaking third lap, Hickman was able to open up a gap to his team-mate of almost three seconds, but at the flag Burrell had reduced this deficit to just over one second. McGuiness finished third, ahead of Dan Kneen, Gary Johnston and former ‘Star at Darley’ Richard Cooper.
In the Sound of Thunder class, former Darley regular Neil Addy, from Buxton, led for the first few laps with champion-elect Steven Hill in pursuit. This lasted until lap five when Addy failed to complete the lap, leaving Hill to take the race win by a comfortable margin and the championship.
With champion Jim Hodson and runner-up Danny Smith absent from the Open Solo grid, others were given a chance of picking up silverware from the meeting. Buxton’s Philip Worthington was leading until he came under pressure from Jamie Pearson, who then led until the flag, despite a relentless challenge from Worthington.
The Pre98 (up to 500cc) category was the final championship to be decided, with Tim Sayers holding a slender one-point advantage over Buxton’s Robert Garmory going into the race. Sayers was the second (up to 500cc) machine across the line to take the championship, with runner-up Garmory finishing the race sixth in his class.