MAX Lofthouse scored a hat-trick of wins as he shared the Supertwin spoils with Jonny Towers in Thundersport GB’s top lightweight class.
While the former champ and RST boss arrived looking to find his feet again after more than two years away, it was his 17-year-old rival who took crowds by surprise as the youngster walked away with a dominant twins debut and the points lead to boot.
Towers arrived at his home circuit hoping to be straight back on the pace and was quick to stamp his authority as he stormed to pole position by almost two full seconds, leading Lofthouse and former Scottish Lightweight champ Scott Campbell off the front row.
But with rain pouring for the first twins race of the weekend, it was Lofthouse who hit the front as the lights went out, pulling two seconds clear of Roddy Taylor as Towers dropped to third.
Lofthouse dropped the hammer and was never seen again, crossing the line with a commanding 10.615sec lead as Towers eventually pipped Taylor for the runner up spot. Behind, former GP1 Classic champ Ryan Strafford – out on Davy Graham’s Patch Racing SV650 – pipped Robert Childs for fourth as the latter took Stocktwin victory.
With dry Tarmac for race two and despite red flags stopping play after just five full laps, Towers took an early lead and never let up as he scorched to a 9.470sec lead with Campbell and Lofthouse rounding out the rostrum while Childs took another stocker victory in sixth overall.
On Sunday it was clear Towers and Lofthouse were the class of the field as the two immediately stretched a gap over the chasing pack and dropped into a dice of their own. And while Towers led the first seven laps, it was Lofthouse’s to lose after the teen sneaked by on the final lap to pip Towers by just 0.366sec.
In an impressive show some 30sec back, Childs took third overall on his Stocktwin as he fended off the last efforts of Supertwin man Dean Ratcliff.
It was a repeat performance for the front-runners in race two as Towers built a 2.1sec lead before Lofthouse reeled him in with a lap less than 0.2sec outside Lukas Wimmer’s record, hitting the front at the half-way point. And with Towers not able to catch the former British Junior Supersport rider back in, Lofthouse completed his hat-trick with more than eight seconds to spare as Campbell bagged another podium in third.
Ratcliff pipped Childs this time, but the latter still did enough to complete a Stocktwin clean sweep with TT man Dominic Herbertson some 10sec further back.
Lofthouse now leads the points on 91 to Towers’ 85, while Childs – currently third in the Supertwin points chase – heads the stocker tables on a perfect 100 over Liam Palmer, whose four thirds puts him on 64.
*Side images: John Lofthouse, Jonny Towers