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TOMMY PHILP – RIDER PROFILE

race number: 52
age 22
height 6′ 1”
from Windsor
favourite circuit assen
most admired rider marc marquez
hobbies cycling, fishing
dream holiday australia
ambitions to ride in moto 2
favourite food mums home made sunday roast
favourite film captain phillips
dream car  rs6

AARON CLARKE – RIDER PROFILE

race number: 5
age 21
height 6′ 1”
from lincolnshire
favourite circuit cadwell park
most admired rider chaz davies
hobbies running, cycling, mx, golf
dream holiday maldives
ambitions to be a world champion
favourite food indian
favourite film snatch
dream car lamborghini aventador sv in purple

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Assen Full Race Report

  Both draperRACING riders Tommy Philp and Aaron Clarke were contesting the penultimate round of the British Supersport championship races plus the BeNeCup championship for Superbike and Supersport riders in the Dutch championship at Assen in the Netherlands over the weekend with Tommy completing both his (...)

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Quick catch up with Tommy Philp and Aaron Clarke.

After yesterday’s Qualifying at Donington we caught up with draperRACING riders Tommy Philp and Aaron Clarke. “After a testing Practice Session that consisted of setting the bike up, how did you both find your first qualifying of the seasons.” Aaron: “I'm not overly happy as I’m easily (...)

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6 days ago

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Once again draperRacing finished the season with a party in the lower paddock which apparently attracted the attention of those in the pitlane paddock, they know where the best is obviously. good music and good company, what more could you wish for. Another year has gone but Graham Cox hasn't slowed down on the dance floor! ... See MoreSee Less

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1 week ago

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The final race day of the 2018 season dawned and the threaten rain was just holding back enough to make machine setup a tricky decision for both the sidecars and Superstock 600 races. First out today were Simon and Jack and Simon was relishing the thought of a wet race but it was not to be for them, track conditions were far from ideal and full wets were fitted but the rain failed to come. As the lights went out they made their usual fast start and at the end of the first lap they had gone from 12th on the grid to 8th as they crossed the line, including taking Ian Guy/Jed Pilmoor-Brady and Roger Lovelock/Rick Lawrence as they swooped under them exiting the very fast Clearways. It was only an eight lap race but with the track drying out it wasn’t long before the full wets had gone off and they were starting to slide about and the aforementioned two crews managed to exact revenge and get past again leaving the draperRacing crew to cross the line in 10th place. looking back over their season which got off to a slow start with seven DNFs they still turned it around and finished 7th overall and fourth in their class. A great result, including the Assen results with Eamon Mulholland standing in for Jack there.

Next out was Aaron and he was aiming to make a good start and stay clear of the pack and any trouble they might bring with them. There were no prizes for guessing who made the hole shot as Ryan Vickers shot straight into the lead but Aaron was right behind him making good use of that second place on the grid. Again weather conditions were far from perfect and with the promise of rain to come the field were all on full wets but Aaron's rear shock was set up for dry conditions and his bike was not handling as he wished. It wasn't long before Joe Sheldon-Shaw and then Kevin Keyes managed to get by and then Kevin took Joe and it suddenly became a mathematical race for Aaron as Kevin could still stop him from claiming third place in the Superstock 600 championship. Aaron was sliding back as his bike became more of a handful but he still had to keep a seven point barrier between him and Kevin so he could not afford to lose too many places. While Kevin finished 4th Aaron managed to come home in 11th and holding a six point lead over Kevin to hold on on to 3rd in the championship, Joe finished 8th but it was enough for him to prevent Aaron from claiming 2nd. Towards the end of the race the rain started but it was too little too late. A great race by Aaron and an excellent season that bore fruits for him.

Last out was Tommy and by now it was pouring down and tyres were never in any doubt and with fading light but he was far from fazed by the conditions. To describe this as a race of attrition would be putting it mildly and from the lights he was making up places from his 16th grid position. One thing was certain this was also a race where you had to think as it wasn't long before riders were crashing everywhere but in fairness to Tommy he was never gifted positions as he was already moving up the field and most of those who crashed out were already behind. As the 18 laps came down he never made a mistake and it wasn't long before he was up into 10th place and he set about building up a safe cushion from Bradley Perie who was sat behind in 11th place. It has not been the easiest of seasons for Tommy but this last round came together and he had two great results and was able to secure 15th in the championship. draperRacing also took 10th in the Supersport Team table.

Unfortunately draperRacing are going in another direction next year and apart from running Simon and hopefully Jack in the sidecar championship Paul Draper wants to spend a bit of time racing his radical car. Tommy wants a year out to look at the possibility of doing a bit more sidecar racing and Arron is looking to run his own team again with a BMW as he is no longer allowed to compete in the Superstock 600 class after finishing 3rd in the title chase. draperRacing wants to thank Aaron, Tommy, Simon and Jack for their stirling efforts this year which they can all be proud of and all the sponsors who came along for the ride because without them there would not have been any racing. And as most people know racing is not just about the racers, without the whole support team they could never race and so a massive thank you to everyone who has played a part, from preparing the bikes to making sure the team gets fed properly. One without the other and it would never have happened.

Over the season draperRacing have had their own Groupies who have travelled all over the country to support the team. So thank you to Gavin , Paul, Barry and Stephen.
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1 week ago

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draperRacing’s end of season party is now in full swing! ... See MoreSee Less

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1 week ago

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Congratulations Aaron , third place in the Superstock 600 Championship!
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1 week ago

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When I arrived back at the circuit this morning I was pleasantly surprised to see that all the team's awnings were still in place and the team were starting to get ready for the day's proceedings. The sun was shining and the wind had just about gone, conditions were good. As usual it was Aaron who was first out and this was his qualifying session to decided his grid position for Sunday. After the team's hard work to change the front end of his bike Aaron wasted no time his showing his appreciation when the monitor showed him in P2 and when the chequered flag came out he was in 3rd place in the provisional times, front row and ahead of all his rivals for that 3rd place in the championship and possibly even 2nd.
In the Supersport qualifying session Tommy was 16th out of 35 riders and when the lights went out for the sprint race he was right in the thick of the midfield action and looking to move into the points when the red flag came out after two riders collided at Hawthorne on the second lap. The race was run over a slightly shorten distance of eight laps and again Tommy was in the thick of it, as the race progressed he got to the front of a group of five riders and then set about reeling in Harry Truelove to take 12th place on the last lap and bag a few more points.
Simon and Jack have yet to have a trouble free run here at Brands Hatch and today was no exception as they suffered with clutch and brake problems in the first sidecar race. But in fairness to them they didn't let it hold them back as they battle with Ian Guy/Jed Pilmoor-Brady and Gary Horspole/James Connell to hang on to their 10th place, unfortunately it was to much and the were relegated to 12th on the final lap of a very exciting sidecar race. This also means they will have to start Sunday's race in 12th position as well, so the famous Gilbert start will be required tomorrow to make up as many places on the first lap again.
The forecast for Sunday is rain expected from around 10am and there has been no wet weather practice.

After a decision by the Clerk of the Course Aaron now starts from P2 on Sunday after Korie McGreevy was relegated to P5 for a yellow flag infringement.
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