Crank Racing boss Grimes ‘hoping for a miracle’

In News, Thundersport GB
Thundersport GB Round 1 March 2016

CRANK Racing boss Mark Grimes says he can only hope for a miracle ahead of next month’s Thundersport GB GP1 showdown at Cadwell Park.

Grimes admits he is still feeling disappointed after his rider Josh Day suffered a mysterious crash at Donington Park last weekend, and as a result watched his championship hopes all but disappear.

Day had arrived trailing Lee Williams by 24 points in the title fight. Williams has led the series all year, and although Day has closed the gap a few times, bad luck has usually followed close behind and he has never been able to get as close as he’d have liked.

Hoping to claw back as much as he could this weekend, his hopes were scuppered by the arrival of John Ingram for the event, who as expected was on top form.

L-R: Josh Day, John Ingram and Lee Williams on the podium after race two...
L-R: Josh Day, John Ingram and Lee Williams on the podium after race two…

Ingram won both the first and second race, closely followed by Day in both. Williams boxed clever and rode to two safe and important points finishes, bringing his Team Willo/Hi-Tech Kawasaki home fourth in the first and third in the second.

But it all went wrong for the Crank boys and their famous Big Yellow Bike in the third and final race of the weekend.

With Ingram out early, Day was leading and looking good for maximum points as Williams was running third.

But a major front end fail on the final lap resulted in a big crash for the newly-crowned NG Road Racing 600s and Open champion. The win went to Nico Mawhinney on his Team Polaris Kawasaki while Williams grabbed second ahead of Davey Todd in third.

“It was one of the quickest crashes I’ve ever had,” said Day. “I was comfortable and turned left under Starkeys and the front just folded. There was nothing I could do so I sat it up onto the wet grass and went down.”

Day is now 33 points behind Williams with just one round left, and Grimes admits he still feels gutted.

The Big Yellow Bike had been leading the race when the front folded...
Crank Racing’s Big Yellow Bike had been leading the race when the front folded…

“Some serious bad luck ruined what was a strong weekend for the team,” he said. “The lads had worked really hard to get the bike ready with some upgrades and we did really well to power Josh to those two seconds behind John Ingram.

“It was just a bizarre front end incident in the final race which surprised us all and resulted in smashed yellow bike. It’s disappointing.

“All we can do now is hope for a miracle. It’s been a hard year and this is a really tough championship. Josh was been a star all year and we’ve been the underdogs from the start so we’ll fight on.

“It’s racing, anything can happen so no, it’s not over yet and we’ve got a bit of work to do but we’ll be back out fighting at Cadwell.”

The final round of the 2017 Thundersport GB series will be held at Cadwell Park over the weekend October 14-16.

*Images: Colin Port – Main image: Crank Racing’s Mark Grimes

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