After enduring torrential rain in race one, which saw Charlie Atkins finish ninth, the 14-year-old Goole racer came back with a fourth place in race two just a tenth from the podium.
The Hel Performance Motostar British standard class Championship made its annual pilgrimage to foreign shores, with a visit to the famous TT circuit in Assen. This weekend they rode with the ADAC North European Championship riders, who use a very similar bike, but they scored separately in their own racing series.
The riders got their track action underway in cloudy but dry conditions on Friday morning. In FP1 Atkins managed a 1:51.742. He was unable to better that in the afternoon and slipped from 4th to 9th in his class.
Saturday arrived and so did the rain. Qualifying was damp and despite the difficult conditions Atkins improved to finish the qualifying session in eighth position.
The track was treacherous for the first race of the weekend. The rain fell heavily for the duration of the ten lap race. Atkins immediately had problems with the grip and struggled to find confidence in his bike. However, as the race went on h improved and finished ninth at the end.
The second race was on the Sunday afternoon and the track was completely dry. Atkins had to start from ninth in his class for the race which meant 19th on the combined ADAC / Motostar grid. He made a fantastic start moving up five places on the first lap. He gained another four places on lap two moving into tenth place overall. He was running fifth in the standard class and closing quickly on Jack Scott ahead of him. By the fifth lap he had overtaken Scott and was running behind 17-year-old Leon Orgis one of the ADAC riders. Atkins continued to push hard and closed the gap between himself and the rider in third place. He crossed the line just 0.117 seconds away from the podium and just 0.6 from the race victory.
Charlie Atkins said “In race one I didn’t finish where I wanted to be. The track conditions were difficult and I didn’t have a good feeling with my bike. In the dry of race two it was totally different. I felt good, the bike felt good and I just ran out of laps in the end. Thanks to Gary, Nikita and all at Wilson Racing for a great bike. Also to my sponsors Harman Carpets and Flooring, Repair and Restore Goole, Snaith Arms, Metcalf Autos and MustHaveMediaServices.com.”
Charlie Atkins is fifth in the championship with 212 points. The final round will be at Brands Hatch on the weekend of 13 to 15 October.