A SPEEDY motorbike-racer from Hucknall has made a flying start to the new season — with a hat-trick of victories.
Thirty-nine-year-old Rob Collison, of Springfield Road, won all three races he entered at the East Midlands Racing Association Championships opener at Mallory Park in Leicestershire.
Despite it being cold, windy and damp, Collison was undaunted by the wet track and produced the second-fastest qualifying time after just two laps to place himself in a prime position on the grid.
Competing in the Reve Racing Formula 400 class, Collison’s first race was an epic battle with rival Daniel Stamper.
The Hucknall rider managed to pull away to finish just two-tenths of a second ahead at the chequered flag.
Race two was a repeat performance of its predecessor, with Stamper leading for six laps until Collison, who is in his first full season, put the hammer down and overtook him.
He reached the line with a more comfortable two-and-a-half-second margin.
In the final race of the day — which was for novices of all classes — Collison had it all to do, being up against some powerful 1,000cc and 600cc machines.
But his sprightly 400cc Yamaha FZR kept the pressure on Ervin Wallace and he eventually forced an error at the chicane, from which Wallace could not recover.
Collison went on to claim his well-deserved third victory of the day by six-and-a-half seconds.
He said that at the beginning of the day he would have settled for top ten finishes.
“I just couldn’t believe I was on the podium, never mind winning the race,” he said. “Three on the trot is fantastic — it couldn’t have been better.”
The next championship races are on Easter Sunday (April 8), again at Mallory Park.