RYAN STRAFFORD collected his first podium finish of the year at Brands Hatch, following a move up in class.
Heckmondwike-based motorbike rider Strafford was the Thundersport GB 2014 Streetfighter champion, but opted for a climb to the Golden Era Superbikes category for 2015.
A new category means a new bike, with Ryan now riding a 1000cc Honda RC-51 V-twin machine backed by Continental Tyres.
The first round of the 2015 Thundersport GB series was held at the Kent circuit in near-perfect conditions.
The Golden Era Superbike series is strongly contested, with several of the current front-running machines having been in the series for two or three years and well prepared and set up.
Despite the disadvantage of a lack of set-up and track time with the new bike, RS Racing started the 2015 season with four very strong finishes.
Friday’s free practice saw a lot of hard work for the team as they experimented with different settings trying to find the right balance of power and stability.
Much was learnt by the team by the end of the session and a decent dry setting was reached for Saturday’s racing.
Saturday consisted of a qualifying session and two 12-lap races during the day. In the morning Ryan put in an impressive qualifying time to put the RC-51 on the second row of the grid in fourth place. Some fine adjustments were made by the team to the suspension in preparation for the afternoon races.
In both races Ryan finished in a very creditable fourth place, battling it out lap after lap with three other riders to come out on top of the chasing bunch and be the top V-twin rider.
Sunday was even closer. In the first race of the day Ryan closed rapidly on the rider in third position but ultimately ran out of laps and had to settle for another fourth place finish by a little over 0.7 seconds.
For the last race of the weekend the team made a few adjustments to the bike and the tyre pressures.
With a great start Ryan crossed the line after the first lap in third place with several bikes in hot pursuit, but by lap five he had dropped to fifth as a badly misting visor hampered his visibility.
Two laps later and with a clear visor, Ryan was up to fourth chasing down the other V-Twin in the pack. And a brave last lap final corner undertake saw him hold off the other V-Twin to land his first podium of the year with a hard-earned third place finish.
RS Racing next compete in round two of the series at Donington Park on April 11-12.
The team are looking for financial backing from local businesses.
For more information please contact Chris on 07814 937619.