WILL White has taken the Thundersport 600 Elite crown while Lloyd Shelley stole the Sportsman championship from rival Bobby Varey by just two points.
Get Low Racing’s White didn’t manage to win this weekend thanks partly to National Superstock 600 interloper Tom Oliver’s double on the EHA Racing Yamaha, but he still scored enough points to trump title rival Zak Corderoy, who headed into the round at a 42-point deficit in the standings.
And with 27 points to make up on Colin Sanderson Racing’s Varey, Shelley also knew he’d have his work cut out for him to win another title on the back of last year’s Pre-National 600 trophy.
Unsurprisingly, Oliver eased to the top of the time sheets in qualifying ahead of Max Wadsworth and Sportsman Sam Munro while Corderoy headed up the second row and White was forced to start from the fifth.
The National series’ multi-time pole setter bagged a lights-to-flag victory in race one as Corderoy and Wadsworth powered home to complete the podium 16 and 19 seconds adrift, respectively. Ashley Milburn took his second Sportsman win of the year ahead of Shelley, but Varey had his championship lead cut to just seven points when he exited the race without even completing a lap.
Oliver took off at the front once again in race two on Sunday morning, extending his winning margin to nearly 21 seconds as Arnie Shelton cruised home to a lonely finish in second ahead of Munro.
GP1 Sportsman race winner Matt Stevenson took second among the Sportsman, while it was JLSAccessBookings.com rider Shelley’s turn for misfortune as he retired and Varey clawed back 11 points with a fifth place finish.
Corderoy’s championship challenge, however, was over when he retired after just three laps, handing the title to White with an insurmountable points lead.
In a surprise turn of events, Danny Booth nabbed the hole shot in race three, leading for the first four laps while Oliver stalked and finally made a move on lap five. But the Colchester rider went down after cracking 1:10s lap times, leaving Booth to a lone victory from White and Wadsworth.
Pivotally, Varey crashed out of fourth a mere six laps from the finish – and the Preston native’s championship hopes were over when Shelley crossed the line second of the Sportsman behind Milburn as the Burntwood rider secured the title with two points to spare.
“I just wanted to thank all my family for all the hard work they have put into my racing this year,” Elite 600 champ White said. “It’s had its up and downs but they have always been there and support me in every aspect, from me throwing a tantrum over something so stupid and me realising, ‘actually I should grow up here’ to having some promising results on the podium which ultimately they earned.”
“The Elites have been very fast this year as everyone who was riding in it was riding brilliantly…I still can’t believe I managed to win it! In my view, that was for my family and for all their hard work over the years because they are the ones that got me where I am…this is theirs to enjoy.”
*Main and Shelley image: Colin Port
*Action image: Zak Corderoy Racing