Round 7 took the championship to Thruxton in Hampshire on the weekend of 13th – 14th August. An extremely fast airfield circuit that has produced some of the closest racing ever seen. As per Brands and Silverstone, the UK was in the middle of a massive heatwave and the going was going to certainly be hot!
I got to grips with the bike in extremely hot conditions during both sessions of Friday Practice, claiming p8 overall.
Qualifying “I had a good qualifying but couldn’t really find a tow. Thruxton is the kind of circuit that you really need to make best use of slipstreaming to put in a fast lap, I found it difficult to get an effective tow but managed to do a quick lap on my own, on my last lap to qualify p8”.
Race1 on Saturday saw a theme of positioning develop, “I couldn’t manage to stay with the group that broke away at the start. I dropped back into the 2nd group and managed to finish at the front of the group for p8”.
Race2 on Sunday saw a change in fortune for me “I had a better start and found myself in a group of 4 riders and as a group we managed to catch the trio in front making it a 7 way battle for p2. Unfortunately, a rider crashed right in front of me, which brought out the red flag, so the race was called short and I finished slightly frustrated in p7”.
Another solid weekend showing that I have the pace and ability to run at the front, more point scoring rides leaves me 7th out of 36 riders in the championship with 106 points, already 74 points ahead of my total at the end of last season.
“I couldn’t have asked for more, the results have improved each meeting and I am confident I can bridge the gap to 6th in the standings”.
Another solid result for my sponsors and my team, without them it would not be possible.