TONY Waistnage lifted Thundersport’s Golden Era Supersport trophy a round early after scooping a hat-trick of wins at Cadwell Park this weekend.
And while the RP Motorsport rider missed out on a clean sweep with a fourth in the final race of the round, while Ashley Thompson took victory, a 126-point gap puts Waistnage just out of reach of Thompson as the latter has now secured second in the championship.
After storming to pole by over half a second on his Yamaha, Waistnage took early control of race one with Thompson and Suzuki-mounted Alex Platt tucking in behind.
Waistnage continued to pull out a 2.4sec gap at the front and while Thompson reeled him in to within three tenths of a second on the penultimate lap, his charge came too late and Waistnage took the win, with Team Lincs Classic man Platt third.
Back in seventh overall, Myerscough Easypay rider Ryan Garside pipped title rival Gethin Edwards by a quarter of a second to snatch the Steelsport honours.
It was more of the same at the front of race two with Waistnage pulling more than three seconds clear on the very first lap, never to be seen again en route to victory as Liam Vella, who had held an early runner-up spot, tumbled down the order as Thompson bagged another second and Platt another third just ahead of Vella.
In the steelie ranks, this time it was ATS Racing’s Matty Whelan who crossed the line fifth for class victory ahead of Garside and Edwards.
Another identical scrap followed in race three as Waistnage got another holeshot and stormed away from the pack while Vella and Thompson diced for second, only for Thompson and Platt to once again move into the podium positions at the chequered flag. The win allowed Waistnage to clinch the title with an insurmountable lead.
More steelie success followed for Whelan with another comfortable victory, this time with TN Robinson’s Edwards in second and Garside in third – the same order that followed later on Sunday in the final race of the weekend.
But it was all change for the Supersport podium in race four as Vella grabbed an early lead just a few hundredths clear of Thompson and Dan Jones before Waistnage, who had finished lap one back in seventh, powered into the lead by the end of lap three.
But on lap four, Thompson hit the front and as championship leader Waistnage dropped back to fifth, Thompson held off Vella’s final charge to steal victory by a mere 0.025sec as Jones took third.
While the Supersport title may have been decided, the Steelsport honours are still up for grabs with Garside 66 points clear of Edwards.
*Main and top image: Supplied by Waistnage Racing
*Podium image: Blackbird Corporate Golden Era Supersport/Steelsport