The Thundersport UK wagon train rolled into Louth in Lincolnshire to do their thing over the Sunday and Monday of the bank holiday weekend and as usual the M7 gang were at the sharp end of round 3 of the championship.
Zach and team manager Alan Edwards were once again in confident mood ahead of the 3 races at Cadwell Park where they were pitting themselves against some the fastest guys outside of the British Superbike series in the GP1 Sportsman & Elite class.
Having already grabbed the attention of the rest of the runners and riders at round 2 where the team entered the fray for the first time, Zach was ready to continue to claw back the points the team sacrificed by missing the first round and after a last minute wet/dry set up change before race 1 on Sunday Zach once again powered the K&A Racing Kawasaki into the top ten overall and bagged another podium with a strong 2nd place finish in class.
Monday’s first of 2 races saw the team once again mixing it with the Elite runners over the 12 lap race and they were rewarded with yet another visit to the second step of the podium in the Sportsman class and 20 more points in the championship bank.
By the extremely high standards Zach is setting himself the final race of the weekend was the worst result of the 3 but if a 4th place finish is your low point of the weekend you are clearly doing something very right! That 4th place in class, coupled with the brace of 2nd’s mean that despite having missed a potential 75 points at Brand Hatch, Zach has already propelled himself into the top 5 in the championship with 5 rounds still to go and the game is well and truly ON!
John Bain/Anglesey’s Fastest Easter Egg.
The Egg once again headed across from the kingdom of Anglesey to do battle with the rest of the GP2-Supertwin & Stocktwins grid as he continues to gain big track knowledge as well as his preparation for the Manx GP in August. Of the 3 rounds now completed in the Thundersport championship this was the 3rd new circuit to John and I think it’s fair to say he definitely enjoyed the ‘Mini-Nurburgring’.
Race 1 saw John make things tricky for himself by fitting wets to go out on a greasy and dry-ish track but the gamble paid off as he narrowly missed out on the podium bringing it home in a fantastic 4th place. Race 2 saw little action for the Egg and a safe, if rather lonely ride saw more points bagged with a solid 7th place to end a successful first day of action and 16 racing laps of the narrow, undulating circuit firmly under his belt.
Still having to cope with almost constant changes in the weather Monday was yet another test for all the competitors as they seemed to be in a constant state of playing guessing games in terms of set-up and tyres but once again, and no doubt with a little thanks to the knowledge gained of climate conditions back at home, John got the choice right and was handsomely rewarded with a fantastic 5th place at the flag meaning another bag full of points and a successful weekend, facing the prospect of another long journey home John decided to sit out the final race of the day and hit the road.
Round 4 and Mallory Park await next.
Richie found himself back on familiar territory at Cadwell as he once again donned his team principal jacket joining rider, and fellow professor of all things bikesport, Ryan Garside onboard the EasyPay Honda CBR600 and the crew of fast learning Myerscough College students for the latest round of the Golden Era Steelsport championship.
As with John Bain Ryan has not raced on any of the circuits that made up the first 3 rounds of the championship but that hasn’t stopped him dominating proceeding from the word go. A perfect record at Brand Hatch was followed up with an unlucky DNF but 3 more class wins at Snetterton and so spirits were high ahead of Cadwell.
Two 2nd place finishes on Sunday saw Ryan extend the championship lead and another in race 3 kept the runner-up theme going as racing got underway on Monday.
Keeping things symmetrical Ryan rounded the weekend off with yet another 2nd place finish and extended his championship lead even further having now scored an astonishing 255 points out of a possible 300.
Up next is Mallory Park and a track that Ryan has actually raced at before, don’t be surprised to hear someone saying “which way did he go?”.