Last weekend it was time for North Gloucester Racing’s annual trip to the historic Castle Combe circuit in Wiltshire, a popular testing ground for many road race teams in the UK.
Straight after returning from a successful time at the Manx Grand Prix, which included a 10th placed Lightweight finish on ContiRaceAttack Comp tyres which had already completed two full NG race meetings, Paul Wardell was hoping to do enough to seal the Minitwins title on the Bee Lighting SV650.
A win in the opening Minitwin contest provided a great confidence boost for Paul, who would go on to take a 6th and 2nd placed finish on the Sunday to ensure a sufficient points gap over William Holland in second place and securing back-to-back titles with one round to spare. Paul also lined up alongside Knight Road Racing’s Alan Russell on the Supertwin grid, as he got the better of the Ducati man, beating him to 3rd place on the podium on two occasions to secure 2nd in the championship overall.
Will Bryant has also been in excellent form in the Pre-Injection 700 class, and headed to Castle Combe as the clear favourite for this year’s championship title. The Combe would see Will win three races in one meeting for the first time this season, as he also brought his CBR600 home to secure a title with one round of racing still to come. Thundersport regulars Andy Batner and Jack Holder also took the rare opportunity to race at the Wiltshire track in the PI700 class, with Batner unlucky not to make the podium as he took 4th in the first of Sunday’s races.
In the 600 class Pro Bike Racing’s James Evans had an off in the opening race, which saw him start from the very back of the packed grid on Sunday morning. By the end of the Sunday’s opening race he had fought his way up to 13th place, while Alun Brooks high-sided out of contention as he looked to make up lost places mid-race. For Evans, the final race brought home a 10th placed finish while Alun Brooks may have to sit out the next Thundersport round due to a foot injury.
We’d like to congratulate both Paul and Will on some great racing this season, and on winning their respective titles.
Image – Tom Bryant, WIB Racing.
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