Weekend Round Up – Thundersport & Wirral 100.

The Thundersport GB championship wagon train rolled into Mallory Park this weekend while over at the stunning Anglesey/Trac Mon circuit in Wales the Wirral 100 boys and girls got down to business. Here’s what happened.

Zach Oultram.

The weekend started strongly once again for Zach as he qualified in P7 and with only 1sec covering the top ten it promised to be close and exciting racing over the weekend with 1 long race on Saturday and 2 shorter races due for Sunday for the championships premier class.

Zach ready to go in P7 (Image curtesy of Alan Edwards).

As the lights went out to signal the start of race 1 Zach had just mistimed things and was handed a 10 second jump-start penalty that would be applied at the end of the race making a difficult task even harder with the field being so close together on lap times however on lap 3 it was no longer an issue as unfortunately Zach tipped off and the race was over although both bike and rider were unhurt and attention turned to Sunday and race 2.

The end of the weekend for the team.

Race 2 saw another early end to proceedings and this time in spectacular fashion with the Kawasaki erupting in a fireball after Zach came off again. Once again thankfully rider Zach was unhurt but it leaves Alan and Zach’s Dad/Team boss Karl with a fair amount of work to get through before the next round although reports today (Tuesday) suggest that the damage was more superficial than first feared and with replacement parts already on order the team is hoping to test at Oulton Park before round 5 at Donington.

The team would like to go on record and say a huge thank you to the quick actions of the marshals who arrived on the scene first not only ensuring that Zach was safe but also getting the fire out in seconds and saving the bike from further damage.

Tom Gigg.

Tom was once again out with the Wirral 100 club at the Anglesey circuit for some more track time on the big R1 and after a track walk with Steve Jones and Ste Wood on Friday evening it was all systems go on Saturday morning for qualifying and with a few new lines to try. At the end of the session Tom had yet another PB laptime in the bag and had qualified 5th in class.

Race 1 got underway and Tom made up one place to finish 4th and yet again set himself another fastest ever lap.

Tom in action this weekend (Image curtesy of Yvonne Williams).

Race 2 on Saturday was, according to the man himself, his best race to date. Again lying 4th Tom had a lunge at the last corner but was just out-dragged on the run to the line and missed the podium by .200ths and had to settle for another 4th place but with nearly 3 seconds knocked off the best ever times.

Sunday was run on the International circuit layout and that meant another qualifying session ahead of racing, after a few overnight set-up changes Tom felt he was struggling a little to get back on the pace but still managed another PB without feeling 100% comfortable.

The weekend was seemingly falling into the same pattern of 4th place finishes and huge PB’s and Sunday was no different with another 3 seconds dropped and yet again within touching distance of the podium to end an excellent couple of day at ‘Little Phillip Island’ on the Welsh coast.

John Bain.

John, like Tom, was on home soil for this round and he was well rewarded from the 6 races he was entered into.

Saturday saw the circuit bathed in sunshine and in the Twins class the ‘EGG’ brought it home 6th in race 1 and followed it up with a 4th in race 2. In the Open class it seemed as though John was heading for the champagne when he crossed the line in P2 only to suffer a jump start penalty and was demoted to 4th but by any stretch of the imagination it was a great first day.

Having had two good races under his belt on Saturday John was confident ahead of Sunday’s racing and was handsomely rewarded with a pair of runner-up spots in the Twins and perhaps even more impressively another 2nd in the Open race, in the rain, on dry tyres!

Looking forward to catching up with Zach and both of the Welsh flyers very soon.