Riders using the latest ContiTrack Slick continued to dominate the Thundersport GB Golden Era Superbike class at Anglesey Circuit last weekend.
With rain falling ahead of qualifying, and the track starting to dry in places, current series leader and Team Baxi Yamaha rider John Dieterman decided to take off his wet tyres, but soon found he couldn’t keep up the pace on some damp areas of the circuit, leaving him 4th on the grid. Richard Blunt slotted in just behind him in 5th, whilst Ryan Strafford on the RS Racing Honda RC-51 brought her home in 2nd place.
The first race of the weekend saw Blunt set the fastest lap of the race as he climbed up to second place, although it was Dieterman who battled his way to the front of the pack for the win, with Ryan taking 3rd place to give Continental a complete podium lockout. Blunt failed to start the second of Sunday’s races, but John once again took the lead, setting a fastest lap in the process as Ryan tried to find a way past, eventually settling for 2nd place and more solid points.
The Bank Holiday Monday started in much the same way, John led the race as Ryan gave it his all to find a way through, giving the pair another one-two finish with Blunt back in 7th place. However, Richard turned the tables on John in the final race to set the fastest lap and take the win, whilst the Yamaha man clung to his rear wheel with Ryan close behind. With sixteen wins to his name this season, John edges ever closer to the title as Ryan consolidates his hold on second place in the series.
In Golden Era Supersport Ryan Cooper put the race HQ prepared Yamaha R6 in 6th place on the grid, with Martyn Bloomfield right behind him in 7th. Ryan was back after a nasty crash which caused him to loose a finger at Rockingham a month ago, and climbed up to 2nd in the first race before going one better in the next as he took a hard fought win and fastest lap. Starting from the front row on day two, he clipped the kerb heading into the opening corner, ending his race before it had really even started. Undeterred, he climbed back on the bike for the final contest of the weekend, fighting through the pain to take 4th. Martyn also recorded a string of top ten finishes on the EB Racing machine to take some solid points at the meeting.
Golden Era Steelsport title contender Dave Langley has been playing catch-up since missing a round on his Tyres 4 Bikes backed Honda. He qualified ahead of Mark Biswell and took first place in the opening race, also setting a new lap record on his ContiRaceAttack Comp treaded race tyres. The pair swapped places in the second race as Dave held on for second, before they switched again on the first race of the Monday, as Dave took another vital win. However, a mistake at one of the slowest corners on the circuit saw Dave and the Honda slide off the circuit to hand Biswell the win, and see him extend his points advantage to 62 with two round remaining. However, with racing as we know, anything is possible!
In the Stock Twins Luc Mamet put the Apex Evolution SV650 on the front of the grid, but slipped back to 5th place in the first race. A strong of top five finishes including a 3rd placed podium on the Monday saw Luc add to his points tally as he chases series leader Greg Madero.
Congratulation to everyone involved, and we’ll be back for Donington later this month!
Photo credits to AK Photography GB (top) and Mike Mandley (centre).
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