Burnley’s Simon Edmondson has been crowned East Midland Racing Association Mini Twins champion after the final round at Mallory Park.
The former Burnley cricketer won the title back in 2013 in his second full season, and returned to reclaim his crown this season.
Edmondson needed 13 points to make sure of the championship, and finished fourth in qualifying.
In race one, raring to go, he was second into Gerard’s on his NPMC Suzuki 650, with Gary Arden slipping behind him.
Upto Edwina’s, he claimed the lead, exactly where he needed to be, although Arden came back to pass Edmondson.
The Burnley racer had no reply, but was in a championship-winning position regardless, and maintained a healthy gap between him and third, to finish a somewhat lonely second.
He wasn’t too concerned, however, as he had done enough to win the title.
With that in the bag, Edmondson was determined to go out and win race two.
Arden was flying, with Edmondson’s rear tyre getting worn, but he went hell for leather.
With the lights out, he slipped to third, but made it back up to second in what was turning into a re-run of the first race.
This time, Arden hadn’t disappeared from view, and Edmondson felt he could catch him.
At one point he was gaining, but he was having trouble getting his bike into fifth gear.
As the laps went by, he wasn’t making up the ground he wanted to on Arden, and, coming down the Elbow for the last lap flag, as he went for fourth gear, he couldn’d find it, and pulled into the pits to discover his gearbox had a problem.
Edmondson couldn’t select anything above third gear, but was going to finish the race however he could, and rejoined his fellow competitors to take the chequered flag seventh in class, celebrating his championship success with a big burnout.
He will get his hands on the trophy on November 7th at the EMRA Awards Evening.