With Thundersport GB’s eight rounds per year clearly not enough to satisfy Golden Era Supersport championship leader Richie Harrison’s need for speed in 2018, a decision was made to head to a packed out Oulton Park for the second round of the Wirral 100 Club season.
Richie entered the RAP Racing Yamaha R6 into both the Golden Era Supersport and Pre-Injection classes, and much to the delight of team boss Alan Edwards, he put the bike on pole position for both opening races.
With more than thirty riders on the grid for the first Golden Era race, which ran alongside the F600 class, a good start was essential. By the end of the first lap, it was clear that Richie was absolutely flying. By the end of the race, he had opened up a gap of more than 11 seconds over Jason Edwards, with Dave Marsden a further 9 seconds behind in third. An ominous sign for the rest of the field.
The second Golden Era race was even better, with Richie winning by nearly 17 seconds as Edwards again took the runner up spot ahead of Geoff Lunn.
A mixture of 600, 750 and 1000cc machines on the Pre-Injection grid promised to make for an interest opening race, and once again Richie got a great start off the line as the pack surged towards Old Hall. By the end of the six lap race, it was another clear victory, with Edwards 8 seconds adrift and John Jones another 8 seconds behind him in third on his Suzuki 750.
However, Richie wasn’t done yet. The final race saw Edwards close the gap, but on the third lap the RAP Racing Yamaha put in a hot 1.48.541 lap – a new club supersport record, to make it four wins from four – a first ever for the team, and all achieved on our treaded ContiRaceAttack Comp rubber.
RAP Racing will be in action again at Cadwell Park at the end of May, as Richie looks to continue his great run of form in the Golden Era Supersport championship with Thundersport.
Image credit – Steve Snelling.
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