John Reynolds rounded-off his British Superbike Championship winning campaign with a hard earned winning double in the final round at his local Donington Park circuit.

The Nottingham rider had gone into the action knowing that he had regained the crown he last held back in 1992 following the penultimate round crash at Rockingham which put his rival for the crown, Steve Hislop, out of contention.

Reynolds had claimed pole start for two races he admitted, "I'm having problems getting my head around. It has been hard to concentrate on the job with so many people coming up to me to say congratulations on the title."

The Red Bull Ducati rider soon had his attention firmly focussed as the races began. His former team-mate James Haydon made the early running but the champion was ahead at the end of the opening lap.

The challenge was developing with Paul Brown ahead at half-distance but the Dienza Ducati rider was soon taken by the determined Reynolds who powered home by 2.4seconds with Steve Plater coming through into third place, ahead of Sean Emmett.

Michael Rutter made the perfect getaway in the second race but it was Haydon, riding the Virgin Mobile Aiwa Yamaha who was hot on the charge and leading by the end of the first lap but behind him the challenge of Reynolds was growing and at half distance the Red Bull Ducati rider was ahead.

Rutter nudged ahead but light rain halted the action, with the result decided on a two-part basis. Rutter made the running before Haydon, desperate for a first victory of the season, charged through but Reynolds was having none of it and in a fierce duel grabbed the victory, his twelfth of the season by just 0.016seconds.

"It was damned hard work but I wanted to end my season as it began with a winning-double here. Now I can celebrate," smiled Reynolds as he reflected on his title, 536-475 points ahead of Hislop with his team-mate Emmett taking third place in the rankings 326-316 from Haydon.

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Leon Camier became the youngest ever winner of a British title. The 15-year-old schoolboy from Bethersden clinched the 125cc crown as he rode his Honda into fourth place in the final round, won by another teenager Chaz Davies, ahead of Paul Robinson.

Sheffield rider Karl Harris, aboard the Clarion Suzuki, won the British Supersport crown in style taking the final round victory, his sixth of the season, ahead of Scott Smart and the series' runner-up Kirk McCarthy.

Paul Young was another rider sealing his title success with final round glory. He held off a fierce challenge from Glen Richards to take his seventh victory by less than half a second in the British Superstock series - it was a second crown in three years for him, having taken the Superbike Privateers Cup in 1999.

Adrian Coates, the 31-year-old Ulsterman, claimed the British 250cc crown, with a penultimate round victory, on Saturday evening, and then underlined his crown by ccompleting the double, while Jon Kirkham took Junior Superstock victory, ahead of the champion Ben Wilson in a race shortened to seven laps by rain.

 

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