News for 2017
Shane Faber in good Form at the Final Round for JDF Racing.
It was clear from the outset that Faber was going to end the season on a high. Held in damp conditions Faber took control of qualifying from lap two and was on pole for almost 10 minutes of the 15 minute qualifying session pole being eventually set by Daniel Drayton.
Race one was always going to be close with the top six finishing within four seconds of winner Dan Booth.
Booth and Faber where vying for top spot in the Nitro Newcomers Championship as only 17 points separated them at the start of the final round. Race two was even closer with the five riders behind race winner Dan Drayton finishing just 1.447 secs behind. For Faber, the significant result was that he finished ahead of Newcomers Championship leader Booth. Shane Faber "I had a great start to the season winning most of the newcomers races. At the Oulton round however the bike seized in qualifying going into the fast island bend and I was knocked out temporarily which meant I could not race in that round. The result was I didn’t score a point and was playing catch up to Dan Booth who to be fair was getting stronger at each round."
On the basis of the Mega laps system Shane however came out second fastest to Cameron Fraser who took pole from Dan Drayton who moved back to P3. It was clear in Sunday morning warm up Shane was going to fight for every point to try and take the Newcomers title setting the fastest time over a second quicker than Dan Drayton. Race one on Sunday morning and Faber got a cracking start and led for three laps from TJ Toms. Shane and TJ had crossed swords many times in their previous championship on the 70 Metrakit machines. Pulling away from the rest of the pack at an average of 0.5 second a lap it was clearly going to be a two horse race from the two West Country boys. Swopping the lead several times a lap it was going to the line, unfortunately Faber overdid things exiting Edwina’s on lap 8 of the 12 lap race with a spectacular high side.
Team manager John Davies "Unfortunately for Shane he broke a collar bone and thumb as a result of the fall, so he took runner up spot to Dan Booth in the Newcomers element which is still a very good result. The main thing is that he has progressed very well in his first season in this very competitive series and the fall was riding for a win; if you are going to run at the front you are going to fall off from time to time."