It’s been another busy weekend of racing in the Thundersport GB series, as the paddock rolled into Lincolnshire’s Cadwell Park over the Bank Holiday weekend where mixed weather conditions saw many frantic wheel swaps carried out pre-race.
With his eye still firmly on the Golden Era SBK prize, RS Racing’s Ryan Strafford put his RC-51 SP2 on the front row of the grid for Sunday’s dry races, but he was unable to find a way past championship leader Ritchie Thornton on the first day as he had to settle for 2nd place on both occasions. Meanwhile his teammate Andrew Meachen, riding at Cadwell for the first time, took 10th in the opening contest before crashing out of race two on his SP1 Honda.
On Monday the rain fell, and the first of the two races took place on a very wet track as the downpour continued with Ryan taking 4th place and Andrew moving up the field to 7th. Strafford had clearly saved his best for last, and as the track dried in the final race his tyre combination paid dividends as he stormed to the front of the pack to take a hard fought win and make up a little ground on Thornton in the championship. Andrew once again came home in 7th place, and the top ten finishes have helped move him up to 7th in the championship in his first ever season of racing.
In the Golden Era Supersport class, RAP Racing’s Richie Harrison was keen to continue his winning form after a double victory at Snetterton and the first race didn’t disappoint as he fought him way to the front from 7th on the grid, setting a fastest lap in the process. Richie then had to settle for 2nd place in the second contest of the day, but this result still moved him to the head of the championship. Another win and fastest lap on Monday cemented that position, and even an uncharacteristic crash in the final race didn’t see him overhauled at the head of the series. Newcomer Liam Vella also took two top ten finishes in the Golden Era Supersport class, and he continues his point scoring run this season.
Tyres 4 Bikes supported Dave Langley is still in the hunt for the Golden Era Steelsport championship on his Honda, and came away with three third places and a second place as he continued his impressive run of form this season with a podium in every race thus far.
Stocktwin rider Jason Markham came away from the weekend at Cadwell with three top five finishes including a 3rd place in the second race, and young talent Rishon Hickey also continually finished inside the top ten in the Supertwins.
The Pre-National 600 series, sponsored by A&R Racing and Continental, once again saw packed grids with more than 40 riders on track all vying for space in the early stages. Jeremy Watson was able to work his way through the field in difficult conditions on the Monday to take 2nd place in the opening race, but unfortunately for Alun Brooks technical problems on his Honda machine plagued the team’s weekend as he scored points in just two of the four races. Chris Lavisher made some big improvements at Cadwell as he bettered his fastest lap to finish well inside the top ten on Monday despite the changeable weather.
Also a new visitor to Cadwell Park, Texan rider AJ McDaniel had a real task ahead of him to learn the circuit before his first race. A crash in the first race did little to help the Freshman’s confidence, but by late Monday he had bounced back and finished in second place, dedicating the podium to his late racing hero Nicky Hayden. For his efforts AJ was awarded the Continental Tyres ‘Rider of the Meeting’ award and will receive a free race tyre at the next meeting.
Over in the GP1 Classic class, rider Mike Gover was unlucky to just miss out on a podium on the Sunday, but once again finished well inside the points. Sportsman 600 competitor Tom Collinge also worked hard all weekend to find a good setting on his machine, taking 7th and 8th in class before rain put an end to his weekend.
Congratulations to everyone who raced at the weekend on their fantastic results – we’ll see you all at Mallory Park in late June.
Photo credits to Ian Boldy Superbike Photography.
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