A wet weekend at Anglesey is always tough, with the circuit perched right next to the Irish sea, but the bad weather on Sunday certainly didn’t dampen the spirits of the Thundersport paddock last weekend.
With just three rounds to the end, solid points were a must for anyone looking to stake their claim to some silverware at the end of the season.
RS Racing’s Ryan Strafford remains in the hunt for the GP1 Classic crown, and went into the weekend looking to close the gap to title rival Sam Cox. In the opening contest Ryan held off a challenge from Cox to take 3rd, although the pair would swap positions later that same day to reverse Ryan’s gain. Two further solid finishes in 2nd and 3rd on Sunday ensure that the Yorkshireman heads to Cadwell, where he has already tasted victory twice this year, with a chance to turn the tables.
Down in the Golden Era classes, a double podium finish for RAP Racing’s Richie Harrison mean he still has a shot at the Supersport title, while Dave Langley also remains on course to claim the Steelsport crown with three podiums from four races on his CBR600 keeping fellow Continental rider Paul Debnam off the rostrum. Liam Vella, Andy Kitchen and Rob Vickerman also recorded a string of top ten finishes in the Supersport field, while Stu Toal got to grips with Anglesey and got enough race licence signatures to banish his orange vest for the rest of the year.
Also riding a Golden Era machine was Andy Denyer, who has made a recent return to racing. Four impressive results, with two 2nd placed finishes in the wet on Sunday, showed that Andy can fight at the sharp end with the younger riders. Andy’s recent efforts, which mirrored his performance at Brands Hatch in July, have also earned him our ‘Rider of the Meeting’ accolade and he will receive a free Continental race tyre of his choice at the next round.
Competing in his second season in the Continental sponsored Pre-National 600 class, Chris Lavisher was unlucky not to make the podium on Sunday, as he continued to show excellent form in the wet. Sadly he went a little too hard in the second of the day’s wet races, and slid out of contention towards the front of the pack, although he did bounce back on Monday to take 5th in the final race.
Welshman Alun Brooks had a busy weekend, spreading himself across two classes as he took part in both the Sportsman 600 and GP1 Sportsman races. Our former ‘Rider of the Meeting’ for July went on to take five podium finishes, also recording a maiden win on the big 1000cc despite the conditions on Sunday, after electing to fit the acclaimed ContiRaceAttack Rain. Another previous ‘Rider of the Meeting’ winner this season, Alberto Solera would also take a win and podium in the highly competitive Stocktwin class.
Next up for the Thundersport gang is a trip to Cadwell for the penultimate round of their 2018 season, which will finish at Snetterton in October.
As always, we’ll see you in the paddock!
Image credits – Ian Boldy Superbike Photography.
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