Pic: Kerry Rawson
RYAN STRAFFORD faces a last-round showdown in his pursuit of the Thundersport GP1 title – after missing three of the races in the previous round for the birth of his son.
Fingers were crossed that the arrival of Ryan and partner Krysta’s first child would wait until after the weekend, but the Mirfield racer found himself dashing to York rather than going round the course at Cadwell Park.
Baby Benjamin was born on the Sunday morning and, with the blessing of Krysta, Ryan returned to the track for the final race of the weekend with just 10 minutes to spare.
Missing the first three races meant that his healthy lead at the top of the standings had been cut to just 12 points, and he was up against it starting from the back
of the grid.
However, Strafford defied a lack of sleep to pass much of the 32-bike grid and finish in third place in the class, just behind title rival Kieran Smith.
The result means that, heading into the final round at Oulton Park on October 19, which has only two races but double points, he holds an eight-point lead over Smith in a two-way battle for the crown.