NEW lap records and a crop of new championship front-runners emerged as Thundersport GB rolled into Cadwell Park last weekend.
In the 600 Elite battle, Jim Hind was only kept from a clean sweep with a DNF in race two as he lost out to former champ Dan Frear. Frear and Hind scrapped it out in race one as the rising roads star took victory by less than 0.4sec, but with his retirement in race two Frear cruised to victory more than 11sec clear of Arnie Shelton and Ryan Dixon.
Hind was back in the mix in race three, however, as he doubled up with almost five seconds to spare over Frear and Dixon. In the Sportsman 600 ranks, Michael Sterrow made a clean sweep with all three class wins as Stefan Ellis and Richard Gill shared podium honours.
The battle for 500 Elite honours rolls on after Grant Whitaker and Will Leaning split wins, as Josh Leaning joined the party with the three clearing up the weekend’s silverware in a podium lockout. While Daniel Swift was never far behind in fourth place, Ross McCulloch’s round one momentum came to a halt as he was disqualified for a technical infringement.
Ben Bailey swept Sundays Sportsman victories before James Lee and Simon Burgess shared Monday’s wins, while Paul Manning beat Karl Foster to three wins from four with Stuart Cox never far behind. In the Freshman battle, Oliver Nicholls, Gavin Smart and Andrew King all took wins.
Former Supertwins champ John Simpson returned to action in style as he dominated the opening GP2 scrap more than six seconds clear of Matt Layt and Chris Barnes, but Simpson was forced to retire in race two as Layt took a comfortable win over Ryan Strafford. With Simpson, Barnes and Layt all retiring from race three, Strafford cleared off ahead of Scott Campbell and Ducati-mounted Neil Gregory, but Layt was back in action in race four to double up with another win.
Jason Markham was unstoppable in the Stocktwins class with a clean sweep ahead of Adrian Teasdale, despite Teasdale running him to within .087sec in the final race. Just behind, Kris Gent doubled up with two Freshman 600 victories as Vitas Razvadauskas and Max Ingham bagged one apiece.
In the GP3 Superteen ranks, British Junior Supersport front-runner Ash Barnes destroyed the field with a clean sweep, a new lap record of 1:40.132 and a combined winning margin of nearly 45sec, with reigning champ Joe Howard sitting second in class each time out as Jake Stephenson and Katie Hand shared thirds. And while no one else got close to Barnes, Kieran Smith was the top Junior Cup bike giving chase with three wins from four as Zak Shelton took the other ahead of podium finishers Jack Smith, Kieran’s brother Christian, Jamie Hanks-Elliott and Charlotte Marcuzzo.
Dan Frear joined Barnes in the clean sweep club with four from four in the Golden Era Supersport class, breaking Chris Hellewell’s old lap record with a 1:34.474 as runner-up Matty Whelan could get no closer than four seconds behind. Busy making his own perfect run behind was Tony Waistnage, who dominated the Steelsport class with his own new lap record of 1:36.808, leaving Jamie Gillon and Gethin Edwards to complete the rostrum.
Oliver Mann was the one to beat in the Golden Era Superbike class with four wins over Richard Steadman and Nick Williamson while Lee Terry beat Craig Jeff, Martin Stanier and Steven Bland to the GP1 Classic spoils. In the rookie GP1 Cup class, Gary Ford made it a hat-trick of wins with three to Sigitas Cerniauskas’ one.
It looked like a perfect round for Wilfrid Turner in the Pre-National 600 Sport ranks as he beat Steven Butterworth, Caiden Wilkinson and Brandon McCabe to the top spot, but he was denied a clean sweep with a DNF in the final race of the weekend as Butterworth only just nosed Wilkinson over the line to take victory by 0.074sec.
Ducati Cup regular Richard Spencer-Fleet boosted the Army Team’s lead in the Military Championship as he led fellow Army man Leon Wilton across the line with the RAF’s Paul Cunlin and Dave Langley not far behind in third and fourth.