Running second in the British Thundersport Championship, Scruffs-sponsored Adam Shelton was set for a head-to-head showdown with his rival Curtis Wright for the title.
The pressure was on Curtis, who had it all to lose of course, and when his engine blew up in qualifying on Saturday morning Adam was quick to capitalise. Not without issues of his own Adam, despite losing his throttle grip, qualified fifth. He then rode well to take third place. This left both riders still in contention on Sunday, and it was nicely poised for the last two races of the season.
Adam stormed to the front and held a commanding lead without opposition to take maximum points in race 1. Curtis, on a ‘loaned’, superior spec Supersport machine, had to start at the back of the grid and secured a respectable sixth place.
Adam’s game plan in race two was very simple - win again… and hope that Curtis finished in sixth place or below from the back of the grid. From the off Adam hit the front, but it was clear that third placed Brad Jones wasn’t going to let Adam have it all his own way. They exchanged places several times through the first two thirds of the race, until Brad slipped up with four laps to go on the hairpin. He overran having left his breaking too long, and Adam stormed through into first position. Needless to say he stayed there to take maximum points again.
The bikes behind Adam came across the line were counted, with Curtis stealing fifth by a whisker to take the overall British Thundersport Sportsman Elite 600 Championship by just 5 points. So close for Adam. But what a performance in his first season in the most competitive class at national club level on a new bike. He should be proud of all that he’s achieved, and it’s been a huge privilege for Scruffs to be his sponsor. Scruffs looks forward to sponsoring Adam again in 2015. We’ll bring you all the action from each race round right here. Keep looking to keep tabs on Adam’s progress as it happens.