TITLES in nearly every class went down to the season finale at Snetterton as the Thundersport GB circus rolled into Norfolk this weekend.
With plenty of sun on tap to help riders crack lap records, action from the last round of 2018 was no less fierce than the first as double points for every race gave the standings a vigorous stir.
A number of championships were wrapped up with a few races to spare, including GP1 Elite, Supertwins, Stocktwins, Pre National 600 Sport, Superteens, Steelsport and Thundersport 500, but a handful, including the Golden Era Superbikes and 600 Elites went down to the final race of the year.
In the Alto Digital GP1 Classics, RSR Motorsport man Sam Cox arrived with a 33-point gap at the top of the tables, but Ryan Strafford took advantage of his double-DNF misfortune on Saturday and reversed his deficit to come out with the championship crown.
While Cox managed to regroup and bag a win on Sunday morning, it was too late as the RS Racing rider completed his winning weekend with a hat-trick to go out on top.
Sebastian Spiers took a break from GP1 Cup duties after wrapping up title at Cadwell Park, which left Chris Liddell to the opening victory before Adrian Cameron bagged the final three wins.
MPA Racing’s Michael Austin secured the Monex GP1 Sportsman trophy with a win and two second place finishes as he ended the season 201 points clear of Will Harper, while Lee McLaughlin swept Sunday’s action ahead of Austin and Kieran Smith.
Rookie ace Shaun Bailiff had already claimed the A&R Racing/Continental Pre National 600 Freshman title at the penultimate round, but the champ still came out fighting at Snetterton as he split wins with points runner-up Ryan Whitehall, leaving Connor Semley and Alex Pozzi to the remaining podium spoils.
Comet Classics rider Andrew Windsor finished his season with 24 wins and 19 on the trot after sweeping the Blackbird Corporate Golden Era Supersport ranks and, for the second year running, leaving RAP Racing’s Richie Harrison to the runner-up spot while Andrew Batner and Ashley Tompson shared thirds.
The RAF Motorsports squad ruled the GB Racing British Military series as team champions, beating the Army Race Team and the Royal Navy riders to the top spot after Daniel Southerland’s race one win. And the Air Force continued to rule after Rob Vickerman stole the top spot in the individual championship from fellow RAF man Dave Langley.
*Main image: Colin Port
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