JOEY Thompson dominated Thundersport’s final round at Donington Park this weekend as he scored his first ever TSGB clean sweep in the Avon Tyres Supertwins.
The Yorkshireman was part of the club’s famous Aprilia Superteens grid for four years, but never managed to find the top step four times in the same round.
And with Supertwin king Jonny Towers falling ill Friday during testing, it was all to play for.
In his second full weekend aboard the Trickbits Racing SVR, Thompson was forced to start from the middle of the second row as recently-crowned Stocktwin champion Alex Platt took advantage of wet qualifying conditions to stick his B&B Motorcycles SV650 on pole.
But a grid spot handicap wasn’t enough to stop the road and short circuit ace from immediately hitting the front and tearing off into the distance as he powered to a 10-second win over S Brocklehurst Transport’s Daniel Taylor and Jonathan Perry, with William Holland just 0.096sec shy of the podium.
Last year’s Stocktwin champ Greg Madero, back out on his title-winning Suzuki for the weekend after spending most of this season aboard a Supertwin, said he felt right at home on his trusty steed as he edged out the British Army Race Team’s Ryan Redman and Jason Markham for the class win.
It was all the same in race two late Saturday afternoon as Thompson once again scorched to victory 10 seconds clear of Taylor and Perry, while Madero took another Stocktwin win over Redman and Markham, the former just 1.5 seconds off the overall podium.
Determined not to let the Oliver’s Mount ace escape, Taylor slotted into Thompson’s wheel tracks in race three on Sunday morning, limiting the double winner’s advantage to less than 0.7 seconds.
But Scott Racing Motorcycle’s Alex Taylor joined the party on lap eight of 11, squeezing past Daniel and pushing the Aprilia 550 to within half a second of Thompson.
In the end, however, it wasn’t enough and Thompson was unstoppable in completing his weekend hat-trick ahead of Alex and Daniel Taylor, with Redman holding off Madero for the Stocktwin win in fifth place overall by just 0.132 seconds.
And the story at the front was exactly the same for the final Supertwins race of the year as Thompson completed his clean sweep with a three-second win over Alex Taylor, while Perry completed the podium.
After losing out to Redman, Madero was back to winning ways as he completed his own weekend hat-trick in a lone fifth overall with the Stocktwin victory.
“I did Superteens here for a long time, and I never won four of four,” Thompson revealed to UK Clubsport. “I won three out of four about ten times on the trot, but never four in a weekend.”
“I always crashed or someone beat me to it, but I’m so happy to get four wins – especially for Paul.
“He doesn’t put anyone on the bike unless he knows they’re capable of winning. And for the Suzuki, it’s great to show its potential as well.
“With the wind blowing us all around today, it was really hard to push below the 1:16s, but I wanted to get the four wins so there was no need to go below that time.”
*Main and Madero image: Colin Port
*Thompson action image: Ian Boldy