Rounds 12 &13 Dunlop Aprilia Superteens – Anglesey 24-25 August 2014
Rounds 12 and 13 of the Dunlop Aprilia Superteens saw Rory visit the beautiful coastal race circuit of Anglesey in North Wales for the first time.
A bank holiday weekend meeting meant racing Sunday and Monday with practice on Saturday. Running in a new set of piston rings meant Rory could gently learn the tight elevating short circuit during practice. With steady progress throughout the day, Rory finished up happy and confident for Sunday’s qualifying and races.
Race day: Qualifying went well with Rory once again heading the pack and putting his RS Racing Aprilia RS125 on pole position for Sunday’s races.
Sunday Race 1: Rory got a blistering start and managed to open up an instant lead ahead of a hard charging pack of riders battling for podium places, settling into a rhythm running consistent lap times out on his own, two tenths of the lap record taking victory in race one by 6.4 seconds.
Sunday Race 2: In a close fought Race 2, Rory lost his left knee slider on lap 3. Remarkably holding good pace throughout the race with no anchor point on left hand corners Rory unfortunately tucked the front entering a left hander on the final lap and crashed out of the lead in a low side incident handing over 25 points to the pursuing rider.
Monday Race 1: With repairs made to the bike and knee sliders firmly gaffa taped on, we started with a wet race for Race one. Rory was again on pole position for the two Monday races having set the fastest time during Races 1 and 2 the previous day.
He managed another fantastic start taking the lead off the line. With some really great racing between Rory and Georgina, Georgina finally managed to get the slipstream down the back straight and lined Rory up perfectly for the pass on the last lap managing to take victory by just 3 tenths of a second!
Monday Race 2: With the weather changing so quickly over the weekend it was all leaning towards dry tyres for race two. The decision was made, dry tyres fitted and Rory was rolling up on the grid when the rain started! The wind direction had changed once again and blown in the rain from the coast! As the races were declared wet, Rory and most of the grid had no choice but to either race or pull in. The warm up lap took slightly longer than usual as the riders not on full wets quickly got a feel for the track conditions. They lined up on the grid and the lights went out. Rory got a great start once again pulling away in the lead. Going into lap three the rain started to pelt down and coming over the line he dropped back to second. Over the next few laps he had a fantastic battle with two other riders (both also on dry tyres) for second place and dropped to third until two laps to go when he regained second place and held it till the chequered flag. The race winner finished only 11 seconds in front and on full wet tyres. It was another fantastic result for Rory in terrible conditions.
Overall another really good weekend learning another fantastic track with some great racing and extending his lead of the championship to 134 points.
Next up on the Superteens calendar are rounds 14 &15 at Donington Park on September 27th and 28th.
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