HOWIE Mainwaring admitted he was 'gutted' after suffering a double disappointment in the Metzeler Racetec National Superstock Championship.
The Frodsham race ace suffered collisions in both events as his hopes of a top-ten finish ended in failure in searing temperatures at a packed Donington Park.
A frustrated Howie said: 'I'm gutted with that, absolutely gutted. I'd really wanted a good result here today. It was so hot as well, it was almost unbearable and that played quite a big part in it all.'
The 20-year-old had looked set to make his mark on the famous track after qualifying in 16th for both races on his Yamaha R1.
But despite making a quick start and moving up several places during the first four laps, Howie's hopes were ended during lap five when he high-sided his bike at The Esses, forcing him to retire from the race.
He said: 'I really am disappointed. I know if I hadn't been knocked off I'd have been able to have a shot at chasing the frontrunners.'
Howie's misfortune continued in the second race when he was hit by another bike at the first corner and knocked off the track.
But this time he managed to rejoin the race in 35th place and although he made a strong recovery he could finish in only 20th place.
He added: 'It's very frustrating but that's racing and I've just got to put it behind me and move on.'