David Jefferies kept the V&M Racing Team's British Superstock championship hopes alive, with a stirring performance in the eleventh round of the series at Mallory Park, on Sunday 16 September, after championship leader Paul Young crashed out of the reckoning in the closing stages of the race.

Reigning Superstock champion, Jefferies, rode out of his skin to secure the third step on the winners podium, and is now the only rider close enough to challenge Australian racer Young, for the British crown, with only two rounds of the series remaining.

In a hectic scrap at the front of the field, the Yorkshireman battled wheel to wheel with his Suzuki mounted rivals, before slipping back a few yards when he suffered a massive slide coming out of the high speed Gerards corner. His renewed challenge for a higher step on the podium was brought to a premature end, when Young and Honda rider Gary Mason crashed on the nineteenth lap of the twenty-six-lap event.

"I was riding the wheels off my bike. There was no way an R1 would go round Mallory Park any faster," said Jefferies. "I had the bike sideways half the time and I was just concentrating on finishing as near the front as I could. I didn't realise Paul Young had crashed out until we came back to the start line after the race had been stopped."

The result means Jefferies is now trailing Championship leader Young by thirty eight points, and with a possible fifty points still available the V&M riders challenge is not over yet.

Race results:

1. John Crockford (Suzuki)
2. Jamie Morley (Suzuki)
3. David Jefferies (Yamaha)
4. Glen Richards (Honda)
5. Howard Whitby (Suzuki)
6. Phil Giles (Suzuki)
7. Gus Scott (Suzuki)
8. Chris Burns (Suzuki)
9. Andy Tinsley (Suzuki)
10. Darren Mitchell (Suzuki).

Championship standings:

1. Paul Young 202;
2. David Jefferies 164
3. John Crockford 151
4. Jamie Morley 121
5. Glen Richards 109
6. Gary Mason 103
7. Chris Burns 84
8. Gus Scott 64;
9. Pete Jennings 49
10. Phil Giles 41.



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