Fine start to season for Strudwick at Silverstone

Thomas Strudwick on the track at Silverstone. Picture by Colin Hill
Thomas Strudwick on the track at Silverstone. Picture by Colin Hill

Horsham-based Case Moto3 Team rider Thomas Strudwick managed to secure 20 championship points and second place on the podium in the opening weekend at Silverstone.

His class found themselves running with The Moriwaki 250 Junior Cup which would assure some close racing over a wet weekend in Northamptonshire.

For the first session of the season on Friday, Strudwick and his bike faced a wet track in free practice but finally finished as the fifth fastest.

The track had dried in the first qualifying session, but with it being so late in the day, the track was cold which proved a tricky test for all involved. Strudwick soon showed even better pace and for much of the 20 minutes was top the time sheets, until being pushed down to second.

In the second qualifying session, Strudwick was again at the right end of the timing sheets and held onto top spot, but wasn’t faster then the previous session so started the first race from second on the grid.

With the weather once again deteriorating, the Supersport sprint race saw two red flags and a glut of crashes, before the decision was taken to end the day early and reschedule the race for later in the year.

On Sunday in the main race, he got a great start and by the halfway point of the opening lap he had taken the lead, but by the return to the line he had been dragged back and a four-way battle for the podium places started.

Over the next dozen laps the leader managed to build a 16-second lead while the remaining three of the group became two as Strudwick and Storm Stacey lapped the fourth-placed rider.

With less than half a lap to go leader Dan Jones crashed while trying to make a pass on a back marker.

Strudwick took his chance and immediately passed Storm, but a rear end slide at the final corner held him up and Storm snuck past to take the win.

After the race team owner Lorne Case said: “Silverstone proved to be a successful weekend, I’d like to congratulate Thomas on an excellent ride, to finish second was a terrific result and put valuable points on the table.”

The next round will be at Cheshire’s Oulton Park circuit.

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