With just three rounds to go until the end of the season, things are getting tense in the Thundersport GB paddock as riders continue to jostle for position both on track and in their respective championships.
After a great round at Rockingham last month, Ryan Strafford was keen to claw back some more points on Golden Era SBK championship leader Ritchie Thornton. The RS Racing RC-51 SP2 was certainly in fine voice as it sped around the coastal circuit in qualifying, with Ryan securing pole position for the team. After losing his novice vest, teammate Andrew Meachen qualified in a solid 6th place just ahead of Ed Godfrey, who was a newcomer to the Continental rider stable at the weekend as he opted to fit our ContiTrack Slick for the first time.
The opening race saw Ryan set a fastest lap as he opened with a solid win, Thornton coming home in third place. For Continental newcomer Ed it was a great first race, as he got the better of Andy Meachen to take 5th just in front of the second RS Racing Honda. Thornton pushed his Kawasaki hard in race two, but again Ryan got the better of the championship leader to take another win as Meachen just missed out on the podium with a season best 4th place. Two further wins followed for Ryan on the Sunday to give the Yorkshireman a clean sweep at Anglesey, which has always been one of his favourite tracks on the calendar. Sunday’s opening race was Ed’s turn to finish just outside of the podium places as he took 4th, and Andy rounded out his weekend with a hard fought 5th.
Now fully recovered from his Mallory Park injuries, Richie Harrison was determined to retake the lead in the Golden Era Supersport championship on the RAP Racing Yamaha. Richie qualified just behind Rob Mawbey for the opening race, but an impressive turn of pace saw Harrison show the rest of the pack a clean pair of heels as he sped away to take a clear win. A broken set of clocks hampered his efforts in race two as the R6 dropped down to 7th, but Richie steadied his nerves and climbed back up to 3rd by the time the chequered flag fell. Bike repaired, Richie put in two fastest laps and took two wins on the Sunday to climb back to the top of the class points table.
Golden Era Steelsport’s Dave Langley has been on the podium for every race so far this season in the class, and Anglesey would prove to be no exception. Langely’s trusty Tyres 4 Bikes supported Honda took two 3rd placed finishes, and two 2nd placed finishes although he did lose more ground to series leader Jon Wright who seems almost unstoppable this year. Fellow Steelsport competitor Paul Debnam also made the podium in the final race with a superb 3rd place, having just missed out on a trophy earlier that day.
Stocktwin regular and Rockingham ‘Rider of the Meeting’ Jason Markham is currently on the Isle of Man riding at the Classic TT, but after switching to Continental his Team Army compatriot Ryan Redman upped his game to finish on the podium in three of his four races as he made huge strides over the weekend on the SV650. Ryan’s performance earned him our ‘Rider of the Meeting’ award at Anglesey, and we can’t wait to see him in action at Oulton Park next month.
Also new to Continental was Paul Bland Motorsport supported Sean Martin, who was making his Fireblade it’s Thundersport debut in the ultra-competitive GP1 class. With very little time on the bike, Sean qualified in 11th place but picked up the pace over the weekend to finish as high as 7th place. Over in the GP1 Classics, Mike Gover was also in the mix with a top five finish on Sunday earning him plenty of valuable points. Tom Collinge also finished as high as 5th place in the Sportsman 600 class, getting to grips with riding on track once again after two outings at Oliver’s Mount.
There were several new faces on ContiRaceAttack Comp tyres in the Pre-National Sport 600 class, but it was down to old hand Alun Brooks and Freshman AJ McDaniel to provide the pick of the weekend’s results with Alun challenging inside the top five for most of Saturday and Sunday. After crashing out of the opening race, AJ came home with three podiums on the RS Racing Honda.Unfortunately for Kevin Adams his weekend finished early, missing both of Sunday’s contests. Chris Lavisher was a little off his normal pace as he got caught up mid-pack as did Rich Baker. Aran Sadler was unlucky not to break into the top ten on Sunday as he upped his game, although persistence paid off for Jeremy Watson who recorded his best finish of the weekend in the final race with an 8th place.
Congratulations to all the riders who took part at Anglesey over the weekend, it was fantastic to watch all the action in such a fantastic setting.
We’ll be back with Thundersport GB at Oulton Park next month where it’s double points up for grabs!
Photo credit (top) to Phil Newell.
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