AFTER 8 rounds, 8 months, and 800 possible points, the glory in Thundersport GB’s Avon Tyres Supertwins comes down to a classic battle of Irishman versus… Derbyshireman… or perhaps South African… well we don’t really know so we’ll just call him the RST frontman.
Heading into the Championship Finals of the Stewart Events branded series at Cadwell Park this weekend, Antrim’s John Simpson leads proverbial two-cylinder threat Johnny Towers by a negligible 4 points, with 100 left on offer.
The history between these two dates back to the very first round at a cold, and by all accounts miserable, Brands Hatch in March, where they both kicked off the season in similar style with DNF’s in race one before even completing a single lap.
Towers was the first of the two to draw blood, but by the end of the opening event, they had both scored a gold and silver apiece.
Flying Scotsman Paul McClung joined the battle at the second round at Donington, and has been out to break up the party since at every circuit but Snetterton, currently sitting in third level with Daniel Taylor and 106 points behind Towers.
Aside from the first two races of the year where George Lawson took double victory, no one else has won this season outside of the Irishman, the Scotsman, and, erm, Johnny Towers…whatever he may be.
MotoDirect’s most active male model has scored 11 wins to Simpson’s 8 and McClung’s 7 – the trio certainly have taken the Supertwins class by storm, and kept the fight a constant threesome.
On the topic of consistency, the title contenders are dead level – 5 DNF’s for each – and funny enough, 5 DNF’s for the scrappy Scottish terrier as well.
2012 Manx Grand Prix Senior winner Simpson leads the fastest-lap charge with 13 to his name, while Towers holds 7 to his.
By all accounts, these could be the most nervous four races of the season in any class, with the closest title chase in all of Thundersport GB’s ranks – most certainly on points, and most probably on evenly-matched competition.
If you can get yourself to Louth this weekend, you won’t regret seeing this championship war unfold with one final battle – at the very least, tune into TSL Timing to hear commentary of the motorised joust.
Insert “an Englishman, an Irishman, and a Scotsman” joke here…
*Main image by Colin Port
*Side image by Zoë Burn