Conditions at Snetterton were dry for much of the Bank Holiday weekend as the 3rd round of the Thundersport GB series took over the paddock and the super-fast 200 circuit in Norfolk. Only a late rain shower in the Monday would see some riders have to adopt full rain tyres for their final race as the track suddenly took a real soaking at the dark clouds overhead dumped their contents on the circuit.
We were in the paddock with race tyre specialist A&R Racing, with plenty of riders taking the time to drop in for advice and rubber from Continental.
Tyres 4 Bikes supported Dave Langley really stole the show over the weekend on his Honda in the Golden Era Steelsport class, taking four dominant wins and setting four fastest laps to take a 93 point series lead in to the next round, making him the clear favourite for the championship even at this early stage.
After a recent successful test, Golden Era Superbike series leader John Dieterman decided to make the switch to our new ContiTrack Slick ahead of the Snetterton round. After starting from the front of the grid, John was leading the opening race by a clear five seconds when he failed to come past the pits. Heart in mouth time for our UK Brand Manager Graham, it turned out that John had decided to push for the lap record, catching himself out and ending up on the grass. With just some minor cosmetic damage to the bike, John was back out again and took two impressive wins in the dry, followed by another win in the final wet race.
The Continental backed Honda RC-51 of RS Racing was also on the podium for the first time in 2016, the gremlins well and truly sorted as Ryan charged through the field to take 3rd place on the podium.
In the Golden Era Supersport class, Ryan Cooper (pictured) had a difficult start to his weekend on his Race HQ backed Yamaha. A crash in the opening race saw him miss the rest of the action on Sunday as the Coops Racing team got to work on fixing the bike, but determined as ever he was back on the grid for Monday’s final two races. In the first of the two Monday contests, Ryan stormed on to the podium to take 2nd place, followed by another excellent 3rd. EB Racing’s Martyn Bloomfield was also in action just a week after grabbing two podiums at Oulton Park, taking four top 5 finishes at Snetterton including a well deserved 3rd place.
In the Stock Twins Teo Papadopoulos qualified in 4th place, and managed to do one better in the opening race to take 3rd. In the dry he then took two 4th placed finishes, narrowly missing out on the podium, before the rain came down for the final contest of the weekend.
Alex Laureys fitted his favoured ContiRaceAttack Rain tyres for his final race in the Freshman 600’s and himself on the podium with a well deserved 2nd. Village Motorcycles supported Sam Holme also had four top ten finishes as he continued to improve, climbing as high as 5th on Sunday’s final race. Rtres 4 Bikes backed Jack Thompson also continued to improve in the 600 Elites, finishing amongst the points in all of his races.
Team MTR’s Michael Tustin had a testing weekend, as the team struggled with mechanical and setup issues. Qualifying 6th in class in the GP1 Sportsman series, he managed a string of top ten finishes before suffering a heavy fall in the final race of the weekend.
Next up it’s the King of the Mountain at Cadwell Park at the end of May, where we are expecting plenty more silverware at the Lincolnshire circuit.
Congratulations to everyone racing over the weekend on their excellent results.
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