Determined and hard-fought second place finish gave Falkirk’s Tim Hastings an unassailable lead in the 125GP Cup Competition at Silverstone British Superbikes this weekend, and takes the British Championship on to a nail-biting last round decider at Brands Hatch.
Fresh from his first ever Championship race victory at Croft, the 15 year old KRP rider came to Silverstone knowing that a strong performance could see him clinch the Cup, but also needing every possible point to keep the pressure on overall series leader Matty Hoyle.
The weekend got off to a good start for Tim, with 5th and 4th places in Friday’s two free practice sessions, however Saturday qualifying turned out to be a much more dramatic affair for Team Twister.
Having initially delivered a solid first qualifying performance in the warm and dry conditions, Tim then found himself without a time after being disqualified from Q1 due to a braking infringement. Thankfully the weather stayed favourable for the afternoon session, but as he set about posting a valid qualifying time, Tim suffered a fall early on in Q2.
Although unhurt, the pressure was very much on, and Tim dug deep to bring home the KRP bike in fourth place - importantly keeping him on the front row for Sunday’s race.
At the race start, Matt Hoyle led Tim into the first corner and then started to pull away as Tim came under pressure from firstly Jay Lewis, then KRP team-mate James Lodge and then James East. The thrilling dice for 2nd place was slowed though when the safety car came out on lap 5, allowing the chasing riders to close back up on the leader.
After the safety car pulled in, Tim was once again involved in a frantic battle for second with Lodge, Connor Behan and KRP team-mate Tom Hayward. Over the closing six laps the four riders swapped places at regular intervals, but Tim kept his pace and his nerve, and despite a desperate last corner dive by Behan, he held on to cross the line in second place.
Tim’s 20 points mean that he has not only won the Cup competition but now cannot lose second place in the overall Championship, so with an 8 point deficit to make up at the final round of the season, the Brands Hatch decider will be all about the win.
Team Twister would once again like to thank all at Team KRP for a great bike, and add their thanks to all our main sponsors: Green Machines, Digby Brown Solicitors, Pro-Scott, Phoenix Honda, Nevis Marketing & Arkose Design.