ADAM Jamison, Dan Singleton, Thomas Watson and Ricardo Branco bagged wins in the hotly contested Steve Jordan Thunderbike Sport class this weekend.
And the scrap for points has given the championship tables a good stir as they head to the Brands Hatch GP circuit next month.
A wet start to the weekend’s proceedings allowed Chris Burrage to set the fastest time in qualifying, clocking a lap half a second quicker than impressive rookie Alex Robinson. The pair were far and away the quickest on track, with no one else within two seconds of Burrage’s pole-setting time.
With another strong turnout, the usual two-group format pitted groups A and B together for race one, with Burrage at the head of the grid on his Seton Tuning Kawasaki as he was joined by Watson and Jamison.
But the early race leader came from the second row as championship front-runner Daniel Singleton surged to the front. An astonishing opening lap allowed him pull five seconds on the chasing pack and a lap later his lead was out to over nine seconds.
Yet there was an air of inevitability when he crashed out on lap three, handing the lead to Jamison on his AJ Racing Yamaha, who kept it upright and quick to race for victory some 18sec ahead of Burrage, with Colin Clune in a distant third.
Putting the mistake of race one behind him, Singleton returned to the fray and to the front in race two for groups B and C, taking a controlling win by 20sec. Meanwhile, the racing was tighter for the final two podium spots, and come the chequered flag less than a second separated Watson and third placed Paul Robson as the duo edged away from Wil Green.
While not wet, the track was still damp for the final race of the opening day’s action as groups A and C lined up on the grid, and the tricky conditions caught a number of runners and riders out on the first lap.
Jamison mastered the conditions the quickest, and pulled an early advantage at the front. While it came down in the closing stages, he managed to eke out another win, crossing the line ahead of Ricardo Branco and Shane Beasley.
A drier Sunday meant the pace increase and things tighten up at the front for the day’s opener. Singleton led early in the A and B race, but was immediately shuffled backwards as Beasley took his turn to lead. His lead, too, only lasted a lap, before Jack Sim snatched the advantage away.
Sim held the lead until the final lap, before being mugged by Watson, who led the only that matters to take the win. Sim was second, while Singleton took third.
Watson pick up another win in the second race, this time by leading from start to finish to cross the line ahead of Singleton and James Seath in the group B and C race.
Groups A and C took to the track for the weekend Thunderbike Sport finale and for the duration Branco and Beasley went toe-to-toe for the win. It went back-and-forth, but in the end Branco set the fastest time of the race on the final lap to win by nearly a second, with Beasley the runner-up as Shaun Wallis ended his weekend with a podium in third.
*Main image: Mitch Ducran
*Side images: JTW Motorsports Photography