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Raven strikes at Clay Pigeon
23 August 2010
James Raven claimed a brace of victories in the fifth round of the Super One Junior TKM Championship at Clay Pigeon to keep the pressure on series leader James Peace.
Raven was in dominant form all weekend at the flowing Dorset venue taking a pair of third place finishes and a win in his heats and leading the first point scoring final from start to finish beating Will Van Es by more than six seconds in wet conditions.
Behind Van Es Stephen Letts completed the podium with Luke Cooper just edging out Lee Harrison for fourth. Letts and Daniel Burton would then receive an official warning for a clash that resulted in Burton dropping back to 18th.
Championship leader James Peace never looked entirely comfortable after a heat one DNF and could only manage a best finish of fourth from his other two races. After starting from the sixth row of the rid for the first final Peace had worked his way onto the fringes of the top six before an incident that also involved Matt Davies dropped him down to an eventual 23rd place finish.
Raven completed the double victory in the second final although his path to victory was nowhere near as easy as in the first race.
Van Es got the jump on poleman Raven at the start and led the opening salvos before Cooper took control. Cooper led for several laps before he was tipped off the damp circuit and fell to 25th, which promoted Raven into a lead that he wouldn't relinquish.
Van Es finished second for the second time, this time only three seconds behind Raven while Ash Robinson grabbed third on the last lap after Letts and Burton clashed once again. After finishing fourth on the road Letts was then excluded from the meeting while Burton, who had charged up from the ninth row of the grid, was classified 23rd.
From the rear of the grid Peace made steady progress despite the greasy conditions and rose to sixth place at the finish behind leading rookies Robert Shield and Stephen Mottram. That result helps keep Peace in the overall championship lead with one round to go although Raven has trimmed his advantage to 39 points. Van Es and Robinson run third and fourth overall but both are nearly 100 points behind Peace.
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