REIGNING British F2 champion Pete Founds and his passenger Jevan Walmsley arrived at Donington for the second round of the FSRA Championship with a bike which was nowhere near ready to race.

So after missing the Saturday morning warm-up and qualifying they started the race last.

When the lights went out TF72, which was running an all black fairing in preparation for the Isle of Man TT, got a rocket start and had made up five places before the first corner.

With the superior speed of the Honda powered Super F2 over the club bikes, Founds and Walmsley were soon into the mix, and by lap two of 10 they were fourth.

Northwich Guardian: Pete Founds and his passenger Jevan WalmsleyPete Founds and his passenger Jevan Walmsley (Image: Ste McNorton)

At the front, Pete's brother Alan Founds and passenger Jake Lowther had pulled out a 2.5 second gap, but the stealthy looking No72 machine was catching him fast.

On lap eight Founds and Walmsley smashed the lap record and were within 0.5secs of the No44 bike, but with laps running out it was going to be close.

By the last lap, Alan Founds and Lowther just hung on by a whisker to win by 0.134secs.

Still, it was a brilliant result for Pete Founds and Walmsley after coming from the back of the grid.

Sunday's race brought the usual reverse grid formation for the top six from race one, so Pete lined up in fifth alongside his brother.

As the lights went, TF72 lit up its tyres and pulled off another incredible start and was first before the field hit the first corner.

With 10 laps to go it looked like it was going to be a walk in the park for the current champions but the No17 Suzuki of Lee Crawford and Scott Hardie had other ideas as they challenged for the lead.

However, the No72 Honda was just too quick and with perfect lines, Pete Founds and Walmsley did not yield and kept their position all the way to the chequered flag.

So with the next outing being the TT, the boys were looking the business and are certainly in with a great chance of the win.

This year Pete Founds and Walmsley are seeded No2.