John Banks Honda-supported rider Lewis Tombs had a tough start to the British championship season at FatCat Motoparc this past weekend. With sunny and bright conditions starting off the qualifying session, Tombs struggled to put in a good lap, ending the qualifying session in twenty-ninth.
A good first race start in thirteenth did not translate to a top fifteen result. Difficulty in finding a rhythm cost Tombs precious time and positions, sliding to twenty-fourth before recovering to a nineteenth place at the chequered flag. The second race improved the situation somewhat. Touching on the top ten after a mid-pack start, Tombs found himself under pressure from several rivals shortly after and was forced to concede several positions. With but a few laps to go, he made a last concerted push, gaining two more positions at the finish for twelfth place. In the final race, Tombs found himself improving on his starts yet again. A start in the top ten developed into a solid run in eleventh; several mistakes in one lap ended the run, Tombs restarting in sixteenth. A last lap change gave Tombs a top fifteen result and a fourteenth overall on the day.
Commented Lewis Tombs: “I’m semi-pleased with today. Qualifying was terrible. I had a bad gate pick and just couldn’t get into the flow of it. In the first race I got a good jump off the start and just struggled really. It was a bit frustrating, I lost a few places and ended 19th. In the second race I had a mid-pack start, lost a few places but got stronger as the race went on and ended 12th, which was good. In the last race I had a good start in the top fifteen, worked my way into the top ten and started to feel a bit better on the track since it was a bit rougher. I just made a stupid mistake on a corner jump and went down again further along and ended up 15th which gave me good points and a half-decent day.”