MOTORCYCLING: Silvester’s double victory extends championship lead

Aaron Silvester. Photo: Craig Harriman
Aaron Silvester. Photo: Craig Harriman

Tattershall racer Aaron Silvester rode to a double victory in rounds nine and 10 of the NGRR MiniTwins Championship at Thruxton over the weekend to extend his series lead to 32 points.

After a technical difficulty at Castle Combe in the last round, he was hoping to regain points for a more comfortable lead in the championship and, with two wins at Thruxton, Aaron scored a maximum 50 points.

The weather was mixed with a dry track on Saturday and wet conditions on Sunday. In Saturday’s qualifying race, Aaron got a good start and felt comfortable in second place when, on the final lap, just before the last corner he tucked into the slipstream to take the win, which meant third place on the grid for the championship race, with two riders in a different class joining him on the front row.

The championship race was also dry and Aaron got away to an average start, but managed to take the lead on the second lap, at the same time putting in the fastest lap of the race in his class.

It was plain sailing for the 18-year-old rider from then on as he retained the lead to the finish line, to bring home the full 25 points.

Sunday was wet all day, but the rough surface proved to have more grip than first expected. Aaron took the win in the qualifying race to start his second race from the second row of the mixed grid. He got away to a good start which he held to take his second victory of the weekend and another 25 points, taking his total haul from the weekend to a maximum 50.

Aaron leads the championship with 159 points, 32 ahead of second placed Paul Wardell.

Aaron said: “I quite enjoyed the wet weather on track in the qualifying race, although not so much while waiting for the race. I was feeling confident and the Stralia Race Tech Suzuki was performing awesome in the wet. I secured another win to round off a very successful and enjoyable weekend!

“Big thanks to Stralia Race Tech, A & J Racing, PJR Shaw farms, Fuchs Silkolene, dad, mum, Max, Tom Nixon, John Stones, all the NGRRC Crew, the marshals that braved the awful weather and everyone else who has supported me.”

Aaron will be in action again in the next round of the championship in Anglesey on August 15/16.