Despite the horrendous weather conditions that affected most parts of the British Isles at some stage over the weekend there was still racing going on and once again some deeply impressive performances.
John Bain/Anglesey’s Fastest Easter Egg.
John found himself at Snetteron for Round 2 of the Thundersport GB Championship and things didn’t exactly get off to the greatest of starts. 3 corners in to qualifying and the Egg had scrambled his senses with a big high-side that destroyed his race helmet but thankfully didn’t crack the Egg himself.
Race 1 saw John way back on the grid after the incident in qualifying and he was glad to just get the race distance under his belt bringing the bike home in 16th place.
Race 2 again way back in the grid in 23rd this time it was ‘race face’ time and John flew through the pack to take 9th place and 4th in class. Race 3 saw John slightly higher up the starting grid in 19th and once again he made up several places to take the chequered flag in 11th and 7th in class.
Race 4 was towards the end of the weekend and as far as I’m aware John had decided at that point to pack up and start the long journey back to Wales with good points in the bag and Cadwell Park up next.
SPR F2 – Sidecar Racing Team, Steve Pawley & Dave Hammond.
For a team that had never been out in the wet before the conditions at Oulton Park on Saturday at the Wirral 100 meeting will surely mean that, unless they’re actually under water, they have nothing to worry about in the future. The only thing the team managed to do in the dry was set up the awning on Friday and then the heavens opened and caused much doubt and confusion with the crews, club officials and worried team members but after much soul searching and various conversations with the meeting organisers the boys decided to head out for qualifying.
Despite the lack of experience in the torrential conditions the boys but their F2 machine in 18th place on the grid in a field of 29.
Race 1 was eventful to say the least with Dave being clipped from behind by a hard charging outfit going into Old Hall but despite this and suffering steamed up visors the boys quickly settled into the race and managed to pick off a few of the FSRA regulars and knock 40’s off their qualifying time to record a fastest lap of 2.39.935.
Cold, wet and not feeling there would be much more to be gained in the afternoon the team decided, just as I had, to pack up and head for home with new experience of the conditions learnt and Round 2 at Darley Moor to look forward to on bank holiday Monday.
Zach Oultram & Alan Edwards, K & A Racing.
Snetterton was also the place for the K & A Racing Kawasaki and Zach Oultram to make their debut in the ultra fast GP1 Sportsman & Elite class with Thundersport GB. Testing had gone very well and the team were eager to discover if sacrificing the first round at Brands Hatch in favour of development and getting Zach used to 1000cc machinery was a gamble that would pay off.
The answer was a resounding YES as Zach powered the bike to a magnificent 5th place finish but more importantly a 1st in the Sportsman class, yes you read that correctly, first place in the first ever race.
On Sunday it was once again ‘Go’ time and another trip to the podium was quickly accomplished with a 6th place overall and 2nd place in class. The final race of the weekend didn’t quite get off to the start they had hoped for when Zach was penalised 10’s for a jump start but even with that handicap he still managed to make it back to the top three and therefore stood on each step of the podium over the course of the weekends 3 races with 12th overall (9th without the pen) and 3rd in class. Like John they will next be heading for Cadwell Park having no doubt ruffled a few feathers and making up plenty of ground on their championship rivals.
Sam was also making his debut at a new circuit when he ventured over to Ireland to reunite with the Paul Robinson owned Moto3 bike that he had previously enjoyed a successful test on earlier in the year.
Somehow, while learning the circuit that is made up of closed roads like all the Irish races, Sam put the beautiful little bike on the inside of the 2nd row in 4th place and no doubt eagerly awaited the race start.
While still learning all the time he was out there Sam brought it home in a fantastic 5th place and his final race lap in damp conditions was actually faster than his dry qualifying time which must feel very rewarding and a great confidence boost ahead of this weekend visit to the Tandragee 100.
Congratulations to all the guys that braved, what were, pretty dreadful conditions to go racing. Anyone wishing to get a little closer to the action can do so by getting in touch with any of the riders featured above or, indeed, any of the Magnificent Seven that feature on our Friends section of the website. Several of the guys run supporters clubs that you can join or simply contact them via their social media pages to see how your help can benefit both parties or, if you prefer, through myself and I will be more than happy to introduce you.