After the torrential rain experienced at Donington in July, the wall-to-wall sunshine which greeted Thundersport GB riders at Anglesey over the August Bank Holiday weekend was definitely a welcome sight!
With only three rounds remaining this season, every point gained and lost now really matters, so it was fantastic for us to see three riders on Continental race tyres standing on the top of the box over the two days of racing.
Anglesey is one of the favourite circuits of GP1 Classic title contender Ryan Strafford, who went into the weekend with a 43-point advantage over his closest challenger Kieran Smith. After qualifying on the front row of the grid for the opening race, Ryan finished more than 9 seconds clear of Smith to take second place behind the Suzuki of George Pyecroft. Smith would get the better of Ryan in the following two races, especially when a jump start saw the RS Racing rider pick up a time penalty. Following the costly time penalty, Ryan managed to redeem himself in the weekend’s final contest as he took the race win from Lee Terry and Kevin Howdle, with Smith sliding out of contention on lap five to extend Ryan’s points lead heading to Cadwell in September. There was also a string of great results for Andy Challis on the CT Racing Suzuki in the Golden Era Superbike class on the same grid, as he took three thirds and a second to come away with some solid points.
In the Golden Era Steelsport class, Myerscough College rider Ryan Garside also came away from Wales with two podium finishes and an important race win in the second of Sunday’s races, although he did record a DNF in Monday’s opener with just one lap left to the chequered flag. Lining up on the same grid, Liam Vella was also able to grab his third Golden Era Supersport podium of the year, while last year’s Steelsport champion Dave Langley also broke into the top five in his new, ultra-competitive class.
Stocktwin series leader Alberto Solera also did a great job to consolidate his championship lead at Trac Mon, winning his opening race and taking three second places over the course of the weekend as he remains the firm favourite for the title. Close friend Craig Szczypek also showed excellent form in the Supertwin class as he came away from the weekend with a double podium result. With the exception of the opening round at Brands Hatch, Craig has been on the podium at every other track so far this season.
Sadly for 600 Sportsman competitor Chris Lavisher, his first race of the weekend didn’t quite go to plan. While battling it out for third place in class, Chris crashed out and was touch-and-go for Monday’s races. However, with the help of wife Jamie both he and the bike were up and running the next day, as he battled the aches and pains of the previous day to take back-to-back 6th placed finishes on Monday.
Next up for the Thundersport gang it a trip to Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire in late September, and as always we will be in the paddock with our race tyre support service!
In the meantime, you can find out more about the Continental race range here.
Image credits – Ian Boldy Superbike Photography