LUKAS Wimmer clinched Thundersport GB’s Kramer Motorcycles GP2 Supertwin championship as Dan Taylor powered to his first win of the year after switching machinery at Snetterton.
Austria’s Wimmer took the title aboard the HKR EVO2 in the second of the weekend’s races at the Norfolk track, after crashing out of the opening scrap.
Wimmer, who has led the championship chase for much of the season, had been keen to lift the silverware as soon as he could at the season finale, after dropping points in recent rounds to his Kramer team-mate Leon Jeacock.
But a shake-up in the Kramer camp ahead of the weekend brought an exciting twist to the final round, with Jeacock in action at Mallory Park’s Race of the Year and Dan Taylor a surprise entry on the second machine instead.
With Taylor – who has been riding his S Brocklehurst Transport Suzuki this year and had made no secret that he was desperate to beat the Kramers at least once – it offered the chance to grab second in the championship and finally get the chance to get a taste of the bike he has been up against.
And he started in the best way possible as he set the fastest lap in qualifying ahead of Wimmer and the third Kramer of Jacque Foley.
Wimmer’s hopes of getting the job done in race one were scuppered by his DNF and this left Taylor to ride to a lonely but welcome first win of the season some nine seconds ahead of Jason Gregory’s Ducati, as Foley came home third.
But the Austrian was back to his winning ways in Saturday’s second race as he hit the front on the opening lap and cruised to a lights-to-flag victory ahead of Taylor, with Foley third. It enough to seal the deal and he was crowned champion.
With title now firmly in hand, the Kramer trio dominated the final day of action crossing the line both times in the exact same order as Saturday afternoon as Wimmer rounded out the year with two more wins ahead of Taylor, who grabbed second in the championship.
“I’m feeling pretty good, we had a long season,” Wimmer told UK Clubsport. “I was never before in a championship with so many races. We had lots of ups and downs, different race tracks I had never seen before.
“We have learnt a lot I think. It was a great season I have really enjoyed racing here, I love the race tracks. Cadwell Park is one of my favourites for sure.”
After arriving new to the UK scene this year, Wimmer admits he wasn’t sure how he was going to fit into the championship chase, and revealed Jeacock’s presence in the team had been a great help.
“The aim of a racer is to win so I came over and thought ‘let’s try and win races and see what the championship brings’ but you never know and I had lots of riders that were competing with me at the front.
“I was happy when Leon joined because he’s been to the race tracks before, he had a lot of knowledge of bikes and suspension and I learnt from him. What I tried to do was learn from him and then do better.
“I think we both had good races, good laps, every time we were racing together it was always fair and he was one of my favourite racers I raced against.”
*Main image: Ian Boldy
*Dan Taylor image: Dan Taylor Racing
*Podium and Lukas Wimmer image: UK Clubsport