As race weekends go, the second round of the 2017 Thundersport Championship provided one of the most challenging race weekends for Jordan Rushby in his career to date. We can look back on previous meetings at Donington Park and a pattern emerges, but we wont call this a bogey circuit because the data tells a different story and there is much to hope for when we return here for the season finale.
Brands Hatch pays homage to one of the UK’s most unique and exciting race circuits. The Short track used in the season opener is the one loved the most by every race who graces its tarmac.
The start line heads into Paddock Hill Bend flat out as the riders bank right into the unknown as the circuit drops by over 30 metres in altitude. As quick as the drop tests the riders nerve, a full throttle now gaining altitude into the long hairpin right around Druids really tests the grip levels and skill of those pushing for victory.
After walking away from Donington Park the mood in camp was surprisingly positive. It had been yet another troubled weekend for Team Rushers and a continued run of difficult results that we had no say in how they affected the overall result of each race. But a 33 point gap stood between Jordan and championship leader with 75 points left to fight for, anything was possible, Cadwell Park would be the location for the final battle. Jordan’s home circuit, one he would be very familiar with and one he knows that he has the ability to be the lead rider against any field on his day.
The scene was set as we returned to Donington for the second time this year. Nige Rushby would be celebrating his Birthday on the Friday so the mood in camp was good. Following the recent troubles at Oulton Park and Anglessey, nothing less than a strong race weekend would do for the final charge to the championship. But they do say things comes in threes and what happens next gave us proof that this theory was as real as the significant challenge now set to win the Thundersport Elite Championship.