Red Piranha Racing rider Simon Andrews continued his run of good form at Thruxton yesterday, finishing 4th after his third consecutive front row start.

Thruxton has proven to be something of a happy hunting ground for the 20 year Wickhamford rider, having secured pole position at the circuit and second place in the Supersport championship last year.

Good Friday however didn't bring much joy to the Red Piranha Racing team with persistent set-up problems throughout the day. The problem was finally isolated late on Friday night and the team were confident of a substantial improvement for Saturday qualifying.

Proof that the Yamaha R6 was back to form was evident in the first qualifying session with Andrews securing the 8th quickest time. His qualifying times continued to fall in the second session with him recording a lap in the low 1min 18secs just a few thousandths off the third best time.

"We had a really tough day on the Friday with nothing we did making much of an improvement. Late on the Friday night we sorted the problem and I was confident Simon would post a good time on the Saturday which he did," commented Red Piranha Racing Chief Engineer Ian Cook.

Sunday saw Andrews make his best start of the season and he was soon embroiled in a thrilling three-way battle for third with John Crockford and Tom Sykes, that would last the duration of the race.

Positions between the three changed several times with each rider jockeying for the final podium place behind Stuart Easton and Karl Harris. Andrews was finally forced to settle for fourth, with a future podium position surely not far from his reach.

"The three of has had a great battle throughout the race," said Simon. "Each time we go out we get a little quicker and we finish one better. Once the rest of the bits arrive for the bike, I know we'll be right up there."

 

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