Three results in particular at the Hants ‘speedbowl’ certainly caused a sizeable flicker on our stat radar!
Ethan Hammerton’s career-first race win might well have been ‘inherited’ but it was still very well deserved – a driver must ensure that he or she gets themself into the best position possible to benefit from any opportunity.
Indeed, Hammerton was always part of the five-way fight for the lead in Thruxton’s second race and, when Ben Colburn and Jade Edwards behind and then Max Coates and Jack Young ahead, all hit dramas in the closing stageshe was perfectly placed to pick up the pieces...
As well, this was the first time that Hammerton had ever seen Thruxton – the most daunting circuit on the calendar. His form in qualifying and then both races were excellent considering he had looked off the pace in Friday testing (this deceptive, as he had in fact been 'building himself up' around Thruxton’s unique lay-out).
Next up: the Lidsey brothers. For Brett, it was all about Saturday at Thruxton with a maiden pole position in the morning followed by a lights-to-flag ‘victory’ in the afternoon (despite several drivers nosing past him into the lead at different points around the circuit, it was only Lidsey in fact who ever led across the start-finish line). Without that costly penalty for a jumped start, we would surely be looking now at five different winners so far this season…
For younger sibling Tyler, there was a surprise ending to his debut weekend in the championship as Young’s disqualification from race two’s result promoted him to a podium result. Like Hammerton, he had kept clear of the trouble to benefit at the end.
As did Luke Warr – delight at finishing a career-best fifth at the flag in the same race turning to ecstasy when this became fourth in the amended classification.
Colburn also deserves mention having taken advantage of Coates’ and Young’s fighting to lead a Clio Cup race for the first time.
Just as he did after Oulton Park and Snetterton, Jamie Bond also appears in our post-event Thruxton stats.
Firstly he set the fastest lap in Saturday’s opening race – his fifth in nine rounds and more than anyone else for the season until Coates drew level with his tally in Sunday’s encounter.
In spite of picking up damage in race two, Bond also maintained his 100% finishing record for the season: ten starts; ten finishes in the points.
However, Lidsey B's retirement from race two means only one driver now has completed all 12 rounds to date in the points. Step forward Jade Edwards, who recovered from her hair-raising spin with Colburn in the same race to cross the line inside the top six.