Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Hobbs Upbeat

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Hobbs Upbeat

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Determined Dennis Hobbs heads to Donington Park this weekend convinced he can finish near the front.

The Guisborough rider's British Supersport Championship debut at Brands Hatch ended in frustration after his Padgetts Honda was hit by another rider early on.

He had qualified for the race on the front row and was up to third when the clash happened.

"I was T-boned by Leon Camier, last year's champion," explained Hobbs, "and that broke the gear linkage.

"It held out for nine laps but then I started dropping down the field.

"That was disappointing but I was delighted with the way everything had gone up until then.

"It was my first front row in five years and it was fantastic to be running at the front of the field - I really enjoyed it and I can't wait to get out there at Donington Park."

Also in action at Donington are Middlesbrough's Paul Veazey and Michael Hill from Norton.

Veazey (Astro Kawasaki) will hope to improve on a disappointing finish on his national Superstock Championship debut while Hill (Taboo Honda) has high hopes of a points finish in the British 125cc Championship race.

CROFT CIRCUIT has attracted a capacity entry for this weekend's two-day Derby Phoenix Motor Cycle Club road race meeting.

All solo classes are represented including the popular 600cc Steel Frame series and Formula 750 class, while the sidecars will be out in force with both F1 and F2 teams vying for honours.

Practice starts at 9.30am on Saturday and noon on Sunday with racing immediately afterwards on both days.

Adult admission is pounds 10 on both days with accompanied children aged 15 and under admitted free.

IT'S all change for Dave Pearson. Again!

The Guisborough driver had planned to contest the Northern Saloon and Sports Car Championship this year after winning the 2005 Yorkshire Sprint Championship novice title in his Kawasaki ZX1200-engined Formula 27 kit car.

Winning the title came as something of a surprise to him as he had originally entered the series just to test out his new car.

Over the winter he brought a Lotus Exige which he planned to use instead in the NSSCC - but he has now conceded it will take longer than expected to get it competitive. …

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