Antony Porter beat his own expectations when he took to the track at Darley Moor.
The 36-year-old motorcycle racer predicted he would finish fourth in the eight-round f400/650 championship which runs 400cc four cylinder motorbikes and twin cylinder 650cc machines.
But Lower Pilsley-based Antony found his race pace spot on and in addition to setting fasterst lap times, finished second overall.
And he was delighted to collect the runners-up trophy at a dinner-dance presentation at Stoke from British Superbike competitors Richard Cooper and Barry Burrell.
Antony, a centrifuge fitter, plans to compete at Darley Moor again this coming season and intends to take a trip to the Isle of Man.
He said: “I would like to say big thankyou to my employer Ivan Fomin of MSE Hiller Centrifuges at Clay Cross and ADC communications in Chesterfield for the continued support throughout the season.
“If anyone or company would like to help me with sponsorship it would be gratefully accepted and they can contact me if they are interested on 07870 161297.’’