Mallory Park marks the midway point of the Thundersport GB 2018 season, and this weekend the paddock was packed with riders looking all to re-affirm themselves as a championship contender.
One such rider was Tyres 4 Bikes supported Dave Langley (pictured), who list vital points in the Golden Era Steelsport class after a DNF at Cadwell Park last month. Dave quickly got to grips with Mallory, putting the CBR600 on pole position, going on to take four straight victories which has blown the title race right open once again.
GP1 Classic front runner Ryan Strafford had something of a difficult weekend on the RS Racing YZF-R1. Qualifying in second behind rival Sam Cox, he just couldn’t quite find a way past him on the Saturday, settling for 2nd in both races. During Sunday’s opening race, a costly coming together with another rider left the Yorkshireman with a set of bloodstained leathers, and put him out of action for the remainder of the weekend.
Mallory Park also proved to be the nemesis of Golden Era Supersport runner-up Richie Harrison last year, when he had a big off at the track. Richie was unlucky to not get on the podium in the opening race, as Ian Lawton got the better of him to keep him in 4th. Richie did manage to grab 3rd in the next race, but slid of out contention on Sunday morning, before fighting back with a 5th in the final contest of the weekend. Joining Richie in the top ten over the course of the weekend were Liam Vella, Andy Batner and Rob Vickerman, who all put in strong performances in the very competitive class.
The combined Supertwin and Stocktwin grid was extremely busy as always, with several riders switching to Continental for the first time. One face sadly missing from the grid was Greg Madero, who split with his team after the last round at Cadwell. Paul Williams took the pick of the results in the Stocktwin class, earning himself a well deserved podium in the final race after coming so close all weekend long. Meanwhile Rob Kirk, Andrew Castle, Joshua Crew and Ben Rainbow all came home inside the top ten as the sun shone down.
Many of those riders also raced in the Inter-Services Military Championship, with Dave Langley adding another win to his impressive tally from the weekend and Rob Vickerman taking the next RAF victory.
In the Pre-National 600 series, Chris Lavisher made huge strides as he beat his Mallory Park PB on the way to consistent top ten results alongside fellow Continental runner Nick Barnes. For Alun Brooks there was also a change of class after missing the last round at Cadwell, with the Welshman moving up to the GP1 Sportsman to take an impressive 7th & 5th on his debut.
The next Thundersport GB round will see the paddock head for Brands Hatch Indy Circuit at the end of July, and as always, we’ll be there.
Photo credits – Ian Boldy Superbike Photography.
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