After dominating round one of the MB4U National Supersport 600 championship at Silverstone, V&M Racing's Jim Moodie narrowly missed out on another victory by the thickness of his Pirelli tyre, at the second round of the series at Brands Hatch, on Sunday 14 April.

And despite putting the V&M Racing R6 Yamaha on pole position during Saturday's timed qualifying, the Scotsman always knew it would be a tall order to emulate his Silverstone disappearing act, due to the nature of the short 1.22 mile Brands Hatch Indy circuit.

With the lead swapping and changing throughout the twenty six-lap race, Moodie enjoyed a titanic battle with his fellow Scotsman, young rising star Stuart Easton (750 Ducati), before eventually losing out in a photo finish as the battling duo took the chequered flag.

"It was so close throughout the whole race, that I knew it would come down to a last lap shoot out," said Moodie. "I tried to defend the lead but Stuart managed to squeeze past at the second to last Surtees corner. The V&M Yamaha was superb coming out of Clearways onto the start finish straight, and I was reeling him in, but he just had enough to narrowly beat me to the line."

Despite finishing in second place, team boss Jack Valentine was happy with the weekends result. "There's no disgrace in finishing second, when the racing's as close as that," said Valentine. "With hindsight we could maybe have run a softer rear tyre, which might have helped a little, but you can't take anything away from young Stuart Easton, he's definitely one to watch for the future."

As well as claiming pole position, the V&M Racing team did have the consolation of taking the fastest lap in the race. Jim Moodie clocked a best time of 48.857s on lap eight of the twenty six lap race - just half a second outside the existing lap record, despite the cloudy and cold weather conditions.

The V&M Racing Team's new IT partners, Fujitsu Siemens Computers, again enjoyed the weekend. The company had several guests present at the meeting, who had the chance to witness first hand, how the technology behind the success of V&M Racing is working.

Supersport 600 Qualifying:

1. Jim Moodie (V&M Yamaha): 2. Pete Jennings (Kawasaki); 3. Stuart Easton (Ducati); 4. Douglas Cowie (Kawasaki); 5. Adam Redding (Kawasaki); 6. Jeremy Goodall (Suzuki); 7. Simon Andrews (Honda). 8. Danny Beaumont (Yamaha); 9. Scott Smart (Honda); 10. Chris Bishop (Honda).

Supersport 600 Result:

1. Stuart Easton (Ducati); 2. Jim Moodie (V&M Yamaha); 3. Pete Jennings (Kawasaki); 4. Ben Wilson (Honda); 5. Jeremy Goodall (Suzuki); 6. Adam Redding (Kawasaki); 7. Scott Smart (Honda); 8. Simon Andrews (Honda); 9. Spencer Cook (Yamaha); 10. Sam Corke (Yamaha).

Fastest Lap: Jim Moodie (V&M Yamaha) 48.857s

 

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