We waited with baited breath. Stood on the hill, shivering and fretting as we watched Langtech sponsor, Will Hodgson, come pouring through craner curves. We couldn't help but worry, Will was fresh from a 12 month sabbatical and has been known to visit the barriers of the old hairpin on more than one occasion. We didn't need to worry. Will came scorching down, the rest of the pack already slipping away behind. It hadn't been the perfect start to the weekend, Saturday's qualifying was plagued by rain, with Will only managing the third row of the grid, he lined up behind racing veterans Andrew Dudgeon, Luke Hopkins and Sam Munro.
With the tarmac still patchy with rain, as is tradition in the UK, the race was underway. Munro led from the line but soon lost out to Pete Riches. It looked like it was all over for us as Riches started to pull away from the pack.
But, just after half-distance, the black R6 of our Will managed to sneak up behind and force a battle for the lead. One lap to go. A quarter of a second separating the pair. We stared at the live timings on our phones and waited for the Tannoy. Breathe. He'd done it. 1st race, 1st Place less than a second separated the pair. Day two, with Will starting from the front row the lights went out. We waited again. With Will leading a close pack, he lost his lead on lap 6 to Milburn. It didnÃÂ¢Ã¢âÂ¬Ã¢âÂ¢t last long, with last years champ Will White and Riches coming through to start a 3 way battle for the lead. A huge lunge into Roberts and Will was back in front, taking another win with less than 0.7 seconds between them.
So, there we were, Will was pulling away from the pack in race three and once again we were glued to the live timing on our phones. As the gap from 1st to 2nd continued to grow we started a sprint to the paddock, just in time to see Will cross the line 10 seconds ahead of the competition. A hattrick and 10 second lead wasn't quite enough for Will though, who deservedly came home with the Marshall's Rider of the Day award, too.
I wasn't too sure how I would get on in the race before the weekend, as the 600 class is new to me and I'm unfamiliar with the other competitors. Will told us after the race. "The first two races I felt if I could get a clear track I had the pace to pull a gap, and in the last race I was lucky enough to get to do that. I can't wait for Oulton Park nextÂ my home round".Â What an unbelievable start for Will, and how proud we are that he is our first official sponsor at Langtech. Oulton Park is up next, and with Will leading the championship, we can't wait. Bring it on!
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