Tattershall’s Aaron Silvester rode to a brace of fifth places and an eighth in the third round of the Sportsman Elite championship with Thundersport GB at Snetterton at the weekend, maintaining his fifth place in the overall rider standings.
Qualifying took place in dry conditions and was hard work for the Lincolnshire rider as it was his first time at the track under race conditions.
He said: “I tried to find another rider to gauge my speed and pick up my pace. I felt quicker every lap but on my last lap, which felt the fastest out of the session, I got held up on the last corner behind a rider that was going for the pits.
“I was frustrated but happy enough with the result of eighth in class, starting 25th on the grid.”
Race one was the first good, consistent race of the year so far as the sun was out and it remained dry throughout. Aaron was embroiled in a race long battle for fourth place in his class but lost out by one hundredth of a second to finish in fifth place.
He said: “I was happy with fifth and the progress from 25th on the grid to 13th across the line. I think the main reason for this race working so well is thanks to having to deal with contact lenses floating around in my helmet.
“Luckily, this meant I couldn’t see my braking markers as well until I got closer so it made me brake less, not a permanent fix to the problem, but it worked as I also put in my fastest lap of the weekend.”
Race two didn’t go so well as Aaron decided to put his contact lenses back in so he could see his braking markers better, but it didn’t seem to work. Together with that and a new helmet fogging up, he struggled to concentrate during the race and finished in eighth place.
It had been raining shortly before the grid was formed for the start of the third race and Aaron decided to go out on full wet weather tyres, as did the majority of riders. But the track dried quicker than expected and Aaron finished in fifth place once again.
He explained: “When I arrived on the track with brand new wet tyres, the track was bone dry; luckily it was mostly a level field as almost all other riders were in the same situation. I would just like apologise to my tyre sponsor, A and J Racing, for melting a wet rear tyre.
“Overall, Snetterton was a good confidence building weekend as I recorded three points finishes which is a step in the right direction, and I am still holding fifth position in the Sportsman Elite championship.
“A big thanks to all my sponsors and everyone who helps me: Stralia Race Tech, A & J Racing, Fuchs Silkolene, Pete and Ally Dalton, Andy Waters, Chores Hygiene Management, Oakwell Management Services, dad, mum, Max, Lucy, Tom Nixon, John Stones, Craig Harriman and Helen Pask.”
The next meeting for Aaron is at his favourite circuit of Cadwell Park and he is very much looking forward to riding the R6 around the Lincolnshire circuit over the weekend of May 28-30.