A fourth and fifth at Thruxton tops a very positive weekend for Eugene
The Completely Motorbikes / Affinity Sports Academy British Supersport rider Eugene McManus moved up from 8th to 7th in the championship after two top five results at Thruxton. A fourth-place finish on Saturday in the Sprint Race was followed by a fifth-place finish in Sunday’s Feature Race.
A Sundrenched Thruxton hosted round 6 of the British Supersport Championship. The Hampshire circuit is the fastest on the BSB calendar, despite the 2.4-mile circuit not having any long straights.
IN FP1 Eugene McManus completed 14 laps finishing 12th overall. In the second session, the Randalswtown rider took nearly a second of his lap time and moved up to 8th.
The track was almost 40 degrees as the British Supersport riders went out to complete the 25-minute qualifying session. McManus was inside the top dozen early on. He improved to rise to 9th before heading into the pits. The number 15 returned to the track with five and a half minutes left. Lap times were tumbling and McManus improved to end the session with a 1.17.696. With his rivals also on the pace, the Completely Motorbikes / Affinity Sports Academy rider finished 9th.
The British Supersport riders share the track with the British GP2 riders and although he qualified 9th McManus started on the grid in 10th position.
Heading row four McManus made another good start and was running in 7th position by the end of lap 2. Battling with Perrin, Truelove and Johnston, McManus made his way through to fourth position in the British Supersport class at the chequered flag.
Eugene McManus’ fastest lap in race one saw him improve his grid position from 10th in race one to seventh in race two.
On the opening lap, McManus slipped back a few positions but wasted no time in starting to recover ground. By the end of lap three, he was running 7t, having overtaken the Triumph of Rhys Irwin. It was then the Triumph of Mason Law next in the sights of McManus as he moved into 6th position.
McManus then led a group of four riders who had a gap to the rider in fifth. McManus caught Johnston and Perrin ahead and moved up to fourth position. He held onto fourth place for 8 laps before he dropped down to sixth on the penultimate lap.
Never one to give up the Completely Motorbikes /Affinity Sports Academy rider battled back to cross the line fifth at the flag.
Eugene McManus is seventh in the championship on 84 points with another ten races of the season remaining.
Eugene said, "The weekend was great fun and great racing and the weather was fantastic all weekend. I struggled at the start of the weekend but as the weekend went on we made some great improvements and I got 2 solid finishes giving me good points. I'd like to thank all at the Affinity SPorts Academy for all their efforts as always."