Thundersport Round 5 – Oulton Park
OULTON Park played host to the fifth round of the Thundersport GB series at the weekend. Lewis has already visited the circuit this year in the British Superbike series and was hoping the 2.69 mile circuit in Tarporley, Cheshire was still fresh in his mind.
It was to be a shorter weekend than usual with the event running over two days rather than the three.
Early Friday started out well as his practise times progressively improved.
Qualifying would be held late Friday afternoon due to the shorter weekend and Lewis started out fast in the Aprilia Challenge lying in second position. However the session was red flagged giving Lewis only five minutes after the restart to set a fast lap. In the dying seconds of the session Lewis was on a hot lap, but ran into the gravel trap on the last corner. Despite his off track excursion Lewis managed to secure third position for the race. Lewis also took second position in the Supertwins class.
A heavy downpour overnight had left the track soaked come Saturday morning, Lewis had only ridden his Aprilia RRV 450 GP bike once before in the wet and lacked a wet setup.
The first Aprilia Challenge race got underway and Lewis got a good start. After a hard fought race with a tight pack at the front he crossed the line in sixth place, two seconds behind the leader.
The first Supertwins race saw another good start getting away with the leading group. After another hard fought race which saw a ferocious battle with Ross Twyman, Lewis crossed the line in third position.
In the second of the Aprilia Challenge races Lewis once again got away with the leading pack, swapping and changing with David Allingham and Will Hodgson to finally cross the line in third.
Lewis explained to us the final race of the day in the JHS Supertwins class “In the Supertwins I got away with Dan and David, but they kept pulling away from me down the straight. I followed them till the second last lap and I managed to pass David up the inside going into the first corner. I then had to get past Dan so I went around the outside of him and then he pulled up beside me going along the straight. I sat my bike on the outside of him and then when we flicked over into the hairpin I was on the inside and got past him. I was leading most of the last lap then going into the last corner I tipped in and Dan Frier hit my back wheel and I got chucked into the gravel and came off. It was really annoying leading the last lap and then getting wiped out so it wasn’t a good way to finish the weekend, but I got points and managed to break the lap record by a second in the last race so it was an OK weekend.”
Lewis would like to thank all of his sponsors for their support.