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Towers powers to Thundersport Supertwin Title

Towers powers to Thundersport Supertwin Title

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Jonny Towers has lifted the Avon Tyres Supertwin championship after a hard scrap with Irish youngster Eunan McGlinchey at Oulton Park.

The RST boss clinched the title after Saturday morning’s first race, while his closest rival Greg Madero suffered a tough weekend in Cheshire.

Towers had been favourite to lift the spoils this year after narrowly missing out to John Simpson a year ago, and was determined to wrap it up at the weekend’s penultimate round of Thundersport GB’s season.

And while it was all about him getting the better of Madero, Towers knew the job was going to be made a lot harder as soon as he realised Northern Ireland wonderkid McGlinchey was back on English soil for his second outing in the series.

McGlinchey, who had already beaten Towers once this year when he made his series debut at Cadwell Park earlier this season, rocked up with the production twin that he runs in Northern Ireland.

The youngster spent much of the first race locked in a battle with Towers, and it all came down to the last lap when the pair met back markers. McGlinchey made the wrong move and hit a kerb and slid off, giving Towers a clean route to the finish line and the title.

Madero, meanwhile, had to watch his championship chance vanish in the worst possible way, when his engine gave up on the final lap while running in third.

As a result, it was Alex Taylor and Ben Tolliday who took second and third places, as the pair crossed the line separated by a mere 0.078secs.

With the title now decided, JT was focused on trying to get a new lap record in the second race of the day, and did it in style on the dry track, posting a 1.46:212 on his way to a strong win over McGlinchey, as Tolliday banked another third.

“It really was the perfect weekend, I wasn’t sure how it would feel if I won it, but even this morning I woke up with a little smile and it still feels really, really good,” he told UK Clubsport.

“The first race was interesting. We headed out to the grid and the conditions were patchy all around the track, and I set off wondering what it was going to bring. Then that damn Irish kid came after me, and he’s fast!

“A couple of things happened. I lost a lot of time and thought I was going to be out of the race, I was thinking ‘you’re going to have to wait until race two to get this’. I was short shifting and I wasn’t sure if it was going to behave, but then I realised he hadn’t got away and I could probably catch him.

“Eunan was riding really hard but I managed to get ahead of him at the end, I crossed the line and thought he would be behind me, but then I discovered he’d tipped off. I enjoyed racing him, he’s a fast young lad and a great rider.

“My second race was very different, the pressure was off, I was unshackled so I wanted to race my own lap times to get the lap record. It was the perfect race, and topped off the weekend in the best way possible.”

With the title now his, Towers admitted that the victory was certainly more important to him after coming so close last year.

“If I’m honest, I think last year needed to happen,” he added. “I really didn’t like losing and it gave me even more of a push to improve on the areas I needed to, so I could come back stronger.

“Ok, it’s not really a big thing in the grand scheme of things but winning this means so much to me. I live to work hard and achieve things, and I feel we have done that.

“I need to thank Ryan Farquhar and Chris Nield from DynoPro for all their hard work and helping me get here. It’s been a fantastic year and they have been instrumental in getting me here.”

 

Race rport courtesy of UK Clubsport

Images by Colin Port