After the long break since Snetterton, the TriStar R&G Triple Challenge resumes this weekend at the high speed Thruxton circuit. Marking the halfway point in the season, Championship points will be halved following Thruxton meaning the battle for the final TriStar Triple Challenge crown will be heating up as Freddy Pett and Phil Atkinson resume their duel, closely followed by Scott Pitchers.
Snetterton saw the Championship lead yo-yo between Pett and Atkinson over the course of the weekend’s three races. However it was Pitchers who shone at the Norfolk circuit, taking two hard fought wins along with a further podium to firmly set his title challenge on track. Things are even closer in the Cup class, following an incredible trio of wins at Snetterton, Sam Thompson moves just two points behind Andrew Lund.
The 2.3 mile airfield circuit sees some of the fastest speeds on the calendar and sees riders range from long, fast straights and flowing corners to the tight, demanding Complex and Chicane sections. A proven favourite amongst riders, Thruxton always sees incredibly close racing as proven by last year’s sole Triumph Triple Challenge race which was decided by just 0.087s.
Speaking ahead of Thruxton, current series leader and M40 Triumph/Dales Racing rider Freddy Pett said; “Thruxton is a really good circuit, although it’s not the most exciting circuit to spectate from and even when you look at the circuit map it looks like it could be dull but to ride it’s amazing. It feels like you’re flat our everywhere and is a really different circuit to anything else on the calendar – that’s probably why it always provides some of the best races. I’ve got a feeling this year will be no different, so although I think there might be some big gaps during qualifying, come race day and everyone is slipstreaming each other it’ll be really close!”
Speaking ahead of the weekend, T3 Racing owner and series organiser Tony Scott said, “Thruxton is the half-way point of the 2014 TriStar R&G Triple Challenge season and after the final race on Sunday everyone’s points will be halved so it will be important to score as many points as possible this weekend.
As a circuit it always throws up some incredible races and I’m sure this weekend will be no different. As always, we’re noticing newer riders coming to the front as the season progresses and they get used to the machine. Thruxton is definitely a unique circuit and is unlike most we go to so it will be interesting to see who’ll shine.”