Unbelievably, I was second, from 32nd on the grid! The red mist was down, big time. And just to make it harder, my seat unit broke on the third lap and I rode the rest sat on the battery. My dad, over for a month from Canada and seeing me race for the first time in years, was having kittens watching.
Nigel also rode great for another top five in class.
Time for bed.
The 2008 season was my novice year, and I entered Thundersport’s top class, GP1, on a GSX-R1000 K4. Racing on a shoestring, with no back-up at all and riding the oldest bike on the grid, I scored strong results against fierce competition. These performances earned recognition and praise from commentators, organisers, and rivals alike, culminating in the club’s Rookie Of The Year award.