Melton rider Antony Hart leaves Brands Hatch with Championship leads

Antony Hart in race action at Brands Hatch EMN-150907-120629002
Antony Hart in race action at Brands Hatch EMN-150907-120629002
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Motorcycle racer Antony Hart is in pole position to claim a hat-trick of national titles after a fine weekend at Brands Hatch.

The Melton rider leads three championships and lies handily placed in second in the other domestic series following round four of the Classic Racing Motorcycle Club Championships.

Saturday brought two club championship races on each bike for Hart as well as qualifying for the ACU race.

He then faced two further club championship races on Sunday plus the high profile ACU National Championship and the King of Brands trophy race.

Practice started badly on the TZ 350 when a loose ignition resulted in only two laps, but a simple fix and good knowledge of Brands eased concerns in the Hart camp.

The Melton racer showed excellent pace in Saturday’s 125 races, beating his own lap record by two seconds on his way to class wins and second place overall, just a split second behind the more powerful, newer bikes.

The 24-race TZ 350 championship demands consistency and Hart showed this in spades with a pair of second places on Saturday to keep him on track.

After an early morning rain storm, Hart’s first race of Sunday was on the 125 bike, but on a wet track Hart settled for a good third place and another class victory.

A hectic 350 schedule on Sunday afternoon persuaded Hart to miss the second 125 race as the rain continued to fall.

Changing the TZ to a rain wheel for race one brought him a start-to-finish victory.

The sun dried the track in time for race two which brought another second place and kept him five points clear in the overall standings.

The ACU provided further terrific racing, and a broken bike on the last lap put the championship leader out of contention, promoting Hart to second place on the podium and opening up the championship.

The final race of the day, the King of Brands, resulted in a third place finish to cap a top weekend.

The championship next moves on to Donnington Park in August.