Thundersport Donington July 2019 Ryan Strafford

Welcome to British Summertime, and all the wet weather that comes with it!

Wet tyres were certainly the order of the day last weekend when Thundersport GB round 5 took place at Donington Park, with poor weather conditions settling in for Saturday and Sunday’s racing.

Sales of the high performance ContiRaceAttack Rain were brisk, with all stocks sold out by Sunday afternoon as riders looked to gain any sort of advantage over their rivals on the soaking wet tarmac.

Defending GP1 Classic champion Ryan Strafford went into the weekend leading the series, and qualified second in class behind nearest rival Kieran Smith on the RS Racing YZF-R1on a dry circuit.

However, the arrival of the rain on Saturday saw the team struggle with stability issues on the wet bike, and Ryan had to fight to secure vital points by taking two third places, while Smith and Lee Terry took a win a piece.

Things seemed to be improving on the Sunday morning, as he took around 3 seconds a lap out of his best times from the day before. A close battle with Kieran Smith ensued, with the pair separated by less than 0.6s at the chequered flag as Strafford secured second place, with Terry a distant third. Further adjustments were made ahead of the final race, but unfortunately they only made the problem worse as Ryan again had to settle for third in class.

With three rounds of the season now remaining, Ryan holds a 43 point advantage over Kieran Smith in the race for the GP1 Classic title, and next up it’s Anglesey which is one of his favourite circuits on the calendar.

Image credit – Ian Boldy Superbike Photography.

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