The weather wasn’t the only thing that riders had to contend with at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit at the weekend, as a nasty sickness bug also swept through sections of the paddock in Kent.
For RS Racing’s Ryan Strafford, picking up the bug was the last thing he needed as he looked to re-cover from two crashes at Mallory Park and close the gap to Sam Cox in the GP1 Classic title race. On Saturday, Ryan picked up a pair of podiums as he finished 2nd behind the series leader. Sunday’s rain shook things up, as Jon Wright took the first win of the day, while Ryan had to settle for 4th on both occasions, leaving the Yorkshireman with some work to do heading into Anglesey next month on the R1. On the same grid, Andy Denyer was a newcomer to Continental, and went on to take four podiums in the Golden Era SBK class.
With more than ten riders in the Golden Era Supersport class now riding on Continental, there was high hope of some top results at Brands Indy. Championship contender Richie Harrison put himself on the podium twice on the Saturday, but finished his weekend with a crash as Andrew Windsor extended his series lead. Ian Lawton and Ben Doolan also joined Richie on the box, with several riders breaking into the top ten including Alec Collinson and Andrew Batner.
The Golden Era Steelsport championship looks to Dave Langley’s to lose after four straight wins at Mallory, and he added a further three to his total at the weekend, only being beating in Saturday’s second race by a very determined Paul Debnam, who was also riding on ContiRaceAttack Comp tyres. Dave would also take two wins in the Combined Services RAF race, with Rob Vickerman securing second and Gary Lawton third, to make it a podium lockout for Continental.
Welshman Alun Brooks has had a pretty exciting year so far. At the start of the season he made the leap up to the Sportsman 600 class, also joining the GP1 Sportsman grid last month at Mallory. Fresh back from his debut road race appearance at the Southern 100, Alun secured his first Thundersport podium of the year after close-but-not-quite results earlier in the year. Showing some real determination, Alun has been selected as our ‘Rider of the Meeting’ at Brands Hatch, and earns himself a free race tyre of his choice at the next round.
Our race tyres are also proving to be increasingly popular in the Stocktwin class, with former ‘Rider of the Meeting’ winner Alberto Solera dicing with Paul Williams as both riders went on the hunt for a podium. Joshua Crew and Andrew Castle also broke into the top ten in this very competitive class, with Luke Terry and Thomas Foster showing some promising form close behind them.
After picking up his first ever win at Cadwell in May, there was also a return to the podium for Chris Lavisher in the Pre-National 600 as he impressed in the wet to take a well deserved 4th place, followed by a fantastic 3rd on the Sunday.
Next up for Thundersport is a trip to Anglesey for the August Bank Holiday, and with just three rounds remaining this season, riders will be looking to solidify their championship positions and hopefully bring home some end-of-season silverware.
Image credits – Ian Boldy Superbike Photography.
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