The occasional rain shower did little to abate the effects of the hot weather over the bank holiday weekend at Thundersport rolled into town at Cadwell Park for the 3rd round of their 2018 season.
After picking up maximum points at Oulton last month, RS Racing’s Ryan Strafford was in buoyant mood at the top of the GP1 Classic standings, and in the opening race he set a new class lap record on his ContiTrack Slick tyres, but had to settle for 2nd place behind Sam Cox after a mistake in the final lap let his title rival slip by. Rain across certain sectors of the circuit in the second race Ryan reign things in somewhat as he had no time to change wheels, prioriting a finish in the points over a race win in difficult conditions as he took 6th place. Jon Wright, a newcomer to Continental race tyres, would go on to take the win.
On Sunday the West Yorkshire rider bounced back with a double victory, putting in another fastest lap to break the record again, bringing it down by over 2 seconds over the course of the weekend. Jon Wright would go on to take a podium in all races, with three 3rd placed finishes alongside his win in Race Two.
Richie Harrison headed into Cadwell leading the Golden Era Supersport series by the narrowest of margins, and was unlucky not to make the podium on the opening day of racing after being held up by a back marker as he tagged onto the lead group. Richie would take a 3rd place in Monday’s opener on the RAP Racing R6, and 4th in the final contest of the weekend, which sees him hold a single point championship lead heading into Mallory next month. Ian Lawton had a difficult weekend, but still finished well inside the top ten with a weekend best of 6th place. Continental newcomer Rob Vickerman improved on his personal best time at Cadwell during the weekend in the same class, to take a best placed finish of 7th, with Andrew Batner also breaking into the top ten.
This weekend’s ‘Rider of the Meeting’ also comes from the Golden Era Supersport class. Liam Vella continued to make some great improvements during the weekend, and by the end of play on Monday he had dropped his personal best time by more than 5 seconds, also earning himself a number of top ten results. Liam wins himself a Continental race tyre of his choice at the next round.
Dave Langley re-ignited his fight for the Golden Era Steelsport title in Lincolnshire, as the Tyres 4 Bikes supported rider won both of his two races on the Sunday. A faulty battery cost him dearly on Monday as he had to retire on the 4th lap of the first race, but he came back strong to take 3rd in the final outing. In Golden Era SBK, RS Racing’s Wil Swift also had an eventful weekend, after a collision involving another rider caused some serious damage to his beloved RC51 SP1, although thankfully both riders were fine.
In the Pre-National Sport 600 class there was a first ever win for Chris Lavisher, who capitalised on the changing weather conditions to take a well deserved victory cheered on by wife Jamie.
Round One ‘Rider of the Meeting’ winner Greg Madero also claimed his first Supertwin win of the year on the Trickbits SV650, along with three 3rd placed podiums. With recent news that defending champion Johnny Towers is pulling out of the championship mid-season, Greg will be one to watch as the title fight hots up during the summer. In the Stocktwin class there was also a win and 3rd placed podium for Paul Williams.
Next month the series heads to Mallory Park for the second year in succession, and it promises to be another exciting weekend of action.
Photos courtesy of Ian Boldy Superbike Photography.
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