Thundersport Round 4 – Cadwell Park
Cadwell Park played host to the fourth round of the Thundersport GB series. With Lewis finally getting to grips with his Aprilia RRV 450GP bike and the wintery weather a distant memory, he looked towards the top step of the podium at this Bank Holiday race meeting.
Saturday’s practice sessions went to plan, with Lewis setting up his Aprilia 450 to cope with the tricky Lincolnshire circuit. By Sunday morning Lewis’ lap times started to tumble dramatically, come qualifying he secured eighth in the Supertwins Class and sixth in the Aprilia RRV 450GP Challenge.
However, Sunday wasn’t over yet, with two races in the Supertwins Class and two races in the Aprilia Challenge. During race one of the Supertwins Lewis was knocked off whilst lying in fifth and was unable to continue. During the second race Lewis spent all race battling Luke Thackeray, but after a last lap manoeuvre round the outside he snatched second position at the line.
Race one of the Aprilia Challenge Lewis got a bad start dropping back to eighth, but managed to fight his way back up to fifth. With fourth position four seconds ahead of him it looked impossible to chase it down, but through sheer determination Lewis focussed and closed down the gap taking fourth and setting the fastest lap of the race.
During race two Lewis hit the grass chasing down third position, but got back on track and finished in sixth. Back in the pits they found a chunk out of the front Bridgestone tyre and the rear had deflated as a result of the grass tracking incident.
Monday morning once again started on a positive note with Lewis running fastest during warm up, then grabbing a second position after a hard fought battle with Daniel Frear in the first of the days Supertwins races. In race two Lewis led for a short while before being overtaken on the straight by David Allingham on the more powerful Aprilia 550, but still took second at the line.
The Aprilia Challenge races were the most exciting of the season so far “In the first 450 race me and David Allingham had a really good battle. On the last lap I went around the outside of him and got into first and I was leading the whole lap, then on the second last corner he came right up the inside of me and that was really annoying but we knew we had the Pace to run at the front and win. In the last 450 race I sat behind David and watched him and then on the last lap I pulled out of his slip stream and passed him on the outside. I managed to block him the rest of the lap and won the race! Also on the last lap I managed to set the lap record with a 1.36.8 and it used to be 1.37.4 so we were really, REALLY happy with that!” Added Lewis.