Tonfanau August 2018

Rain may have stopped play at Silverstone over the weekend, but for club racers at Tonfanau it was business as usual despite the regular downpours on Sunday.

John Price was looking to win back-to-back Supersport 400 titles, and take home the Forgotten Era 250 – 500cc trophy which he just missed out on due to an uncharacteristic slip last year in the final race of the season.

The Pro Bike Racing rider went into the meeting with a 100% winning record at the Welsh coastal circuit this year, and it wasn’t long before the ZXR400 was first to the chequered flag as John took the win by over 11 seconds.

A real battle for supremacy ensued in the first Forgotten Era race, as Price held on to a slim lead to beat Phil Millard to the line, with Tony Griffiths not far behind them. Millard would turn the tables in their second outing of the day, winning by just 0.15s.

Victory in the second of three planned Supersport 400 races was enough to secure back-to-back titles for John, who took the decision to sit out of the final contest to ensure he made the grid for the all-important 250 – 500cc finale.

John worked hard to eek out a solid gap between himself and title rival Millard, going on to take the flag by just over 5.5 seconds to double his haul of silverware for the season.

You can check out some of the footage from John’s ZXR400 below (fast forward to 3mins 30s).

Teammate James Evans was also in action in the All Comers 450 – 1100cc class on his YZF-R6, which had undergone several hours of repairs after a crash at Donington less than two weeks prior.

A DNF in the first round back in May had already dented James’s chances of defending his 2017 title, especially with Chris Mort in such consistent form.

Despite missing out on the podium in the rain on Sunday, James was still able to secure 3rd place overall in the championship.

Both riders will now have to wait until mid-November for the club’s trophy presentation evening.

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