Thundersport GB: Simpson and McLaughlin share GP1 wins at Mallory

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Image: Kev Gunstone

ROSS Simpson and Lee McLaughlin shared the GP1 Elite spoils at Mallory Park last weekend as the points lead changed yet again.

While the two took to the top step of the podium, it was Adam Reavill whose haul of seconds and a fourth put him two points clear of Simpson at the head of the tables.

In Saturday’s qualifying it was McLaughlin who stuck his Suzuki on pole 0.120sec clear of Brendan Mallinder, with James Hind rounding out the front row after pipping Simpson by 0.2sec.

Despite a double win, his race two DNF meant Simpson lost the points lead…

When the lights went out for race one, roads ace Hind got the best launch and quickly found his way to the front with Mallinder and Seb Bulpin in tow, but Simpson was on the move and by lap five he’d scythed through the pack to sit right on Hind’s tail.

Simpson levered Hind aside on lap seven and hit the front before dropping the hammer to come home more than four seconds clear of trouble with 25 points as Hind took second ahead of Mallinder, who beat Reavill to the line by a few tenths to claim third.

Back in 10th overall, Alex Pozzi bagged the Sportsman win over Antony Moore and Daniel Forbes.

McLaughlin claiming his first GP1 Elite win…

While Simpson led off the front row for races two and three on Sunday, it was Reavill who snatched the early lead from second on the grid, but Mallinder took control of the pack on lap three before a charging McLaughlin caught up five laps later and made his move for the lead.

Despite Revill and Mallinder’s efforts in the closing stages, they couldn’t find a way through and McLaughlin claimed his maiden GP1 Elite win by 0.363sec.

There looked to be a third different winner in as many races as Reavill led the pack early on in race three, but Simpson was hot on his tail and took the lead on lap four, never to be beaten as he powered to the flag with 1.796sec in hand over his nearest title rival and third-placed James Hind.

Reavill now leads the Elite standings over Simpson by a mere two points, while Forbes’ Sportsman win has moved him closer to fellow winner Moore’s points lead.

*Click here for results from Thundersport GB at Mallory Park

*Images: Kev Gunstone, Colin Port

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