Tuesday, April 3

Jason Lynn makes a strong start to his British Championship season

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Masters Superbike Championship Young Racer of the Year, Jason Lynn, got his 2018 campaign off to a strong start at the opening rounds of the Thundersport GB Championship at Donington Park. In his first season racing in a full British Championship Lynn is on a steep learning curve as he learns new circuits and a new machine, but made steady progress across his first weekend in the competitive British series.

Having not raced at Donington Park prior to the Thundersport season opener, Lynn was not fully comfortable on his Mondello Park, Dawn International, AJ Plumbing Supplies and EICL backed machine and ended the wet and dry session in eleventh place. An eighth place finish in race one would normally have been a satisfactory start, but the Ulsterman was struggling badly for pace compared to his rivals and his lack of speed meant that he would drop to twenty first on the grid for Sunday's races.

The team worked hard on the set up for Sunday and a major improvement saw the Young Racer Award winner climbing rapidly through the field to take an impressive seventh place finish and a lap time more than two seconds faster than Saturday's best. A further improvement in the second race saw Lynn finish sixth, again from twenty first on the grid to leave his first Thundersport weekend an impressive fifth in the points standings.

Speaking about his first weekend in Thundersport Jason said “Saturday didn’t really go that well with straight into qualifying and no free practice, and to add to the challenge it was mixed conditions, half wet half dry. We qualified eleventh on the grid having struggled to get a clear lap with fifty five bikes on track.

My lap times were a long way off where they should have been in race one, but the team did a great job to improve things over night and I was much faster in Sunday's warm up. It was hard work coming through from twenty first in Sunday's races but I'm delighted with the team and my performance and how we turned things around and were fighting at the front by the final race.

I'm was really enjoying riding the Yamaha and the Dunlop Tyres by the end of the weekend. Thanks to the team for all of their hard work and to everyone else who has helped me get to this point, especially the Young Racer Award sponsors, Mondello Park, Dawn International, AJ Plumbing Supplies and EICL. My next races will be at Oulton Park, another new circuit, but now that I've experience the Thundersport Championship I'm really looking forward to improving on the Donington results.”

Lynn will be back in Thundersport for three more races at Oulton Park on April 20th and 21st as he continues his inaugural season competing in the British Championship.




For more information see www.masterssuperbike.ie/young-racer-of-the-year.


Words Fergus Brennan

Images Derek Wilson

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