Danny Buchan keeps up good form at Snetterton
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Norfolk-based Morello Racing Kawasaki were back in action at the weekend for round six of the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship.
Competing at their local Snetterton circuit, Burnham-on-Crouch’s Danny Buchan ensured it was another superb meeting for the team as he swept to his seventh victory of the season and fifth in succession.
The in-form Buchan signalled his intentions for the weekend during Friday’s two free practice sessions when he set the fastest time in each.
He then duly converted his form into pole position during Saturday’s qualifying session with his time of 1m50.250s, some four tenths of a second inside his own lap record.
Buchan was again quickest in the Sunday morning warm-up session and was quietly confident for the 16-lap race.
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However, his championship rivals had other ideas and he found himself pushed back to fourth by lap four.
He regrouped and on lap seven he moved past Chrissy Rouse to take over third and for the next few laps he was locked in battle with fellow Kawasaki ZX-10R rider Mason Law.
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The duo swapped positions a number of times but Danny finally took control of second on lap 14.
It looked like second would be the best he could hope for as season-long rival Richard Cooper had opened up a healthy margin but the Suzuki rider dramatically slowed in the closing stages and Danny swept into the lead on the penultimate lap.
He pulled away to take the chequered flag for his seventh win of the season which enabled him to extend his Championship lead to 45 points.
Buchan: “My plan was to get away at the start and make a break but I got stuck in the pack a bit and Richard (Cooper) did exactly what I wanted to.
“When I was down in fourth position I didn’t think I was going to make it onto the podium but I kept chipping away and kept pushing and it just shows what can happen when you never give up.
“Fourth became third and then second and although we had a bit of luck with Richard running into problems, I’m delighted to take another win and keep the good run we’re on intact.”