LUKE Hopkins and Lee Williams shared the big bike spoils as Thundersport GB made its annual Bank Holiday trek into Wales.
As the championship headed out to the picturesque Anglesey circuit, it initially looked like Hopkins’ weekend was over before it really began as he endured a massive highside during the first session in Saturday’s test day.
With a few cracked ribs doing their best to slow him down, the teenager managed to get back out on Sunday morning, qualifying second on the GP1 Elite grid behind points leader Williams with Ross Simpson rounding out the front row.
As race one got underway that afternoon, it was the Team Willo Racing Kawasaki which got the best start and led from lights to flag to take the opening win by almost two seconds from Hopkins.
Jonathan Lodge, who’d dropped in to join the fun following a successful Classic Endurance outing at Spa crossed the line third.
Williams was back on pole for the first race on Monday and got another good start, taking the lead before the race was red-flagged. He was quick off the line at the re-start, closely followed by Lodge with Hopkins in hot pursuit.
As Williams began to suffer rear tyre issues, Hopkins was flying, having moved up to second on the third lap and making a move for the lead on lap eight.
From there, the youngster got his head down and led to the flag, beating the championship leader by 5.756secs while Simpson’s BMW was third machine home.
The third and final race of the weekend followed a similar pattern at the front. Williams was again fastest off the line and led the first half of the race before running wide on lap eight.
Hopkins needed no second invitation and took the lead, heading the pack home as he stormed to his second victory of the day as Williams settled for second and more points to boost his title lead. Lodge rounded off a strong weekend with another third place.
*Image: Colin Port