Team E-Lites Kawasaki Roar To Victory
Last weekend Team E-Lites Kawasaki enjoyed our most successful day of racing since our electronic cigarette brand began backing the team, and with the talented Tim Hastings on the bike, we're all sure of more success in the future.
The venue at the weekend was Thruxton, one of Britain's most historic race circuits, especially for the bikes, and it's a circuit that Tim Hastings certainly knows his way around. The circuit is the fastest in the UK and any rider relishes victory here - and Tim and Team E-Lites duly delivered.
The signs were good following qualifying on Friday which saw Tim take pole position by less than a tenth of a second. A rainy Saturday session meant that the time could not be beaten, and our man lined up right at the front for the grid, and made for a tense race on the pit wall.
Going into the final laps, Team E-Lites Kawasaki led the way by a fraction of a second in front of rival Jordan Simpkin. It was a straight fight between the pair of them and the strain on the faces of the team was evident. Everybody was transfixed on the final stages; going into the last two corners, both riders hit each other and went off the track, and Tim rolled past the line in second place. Tension died down for a second, but rose again when the stewards revealed they were investigating the last-corner incident.
Fortune favoured the brave, as the stewards decided Simpkin had cut the corner, awarded a penalty, and promoted Tim Hastings to victory. Tim jubilantly clutched his trophy and gave Team E-Lites Kawasaki our first ever pole position and race win; a great achievement by Tim and the team and one, that as sponsors, our electronic cigarette brand is rightly proud of.
Hastings and his team dished up an exciting race, kept everybody on edge, and put on a show and a half. In the sleepy Hampshire village of Thruxton, Team E-Lites Kawasaki record our first win to sum up a great weekend. In three weeks, we travel to Oulton Park with the Superbikes to see if we can repeat our performance.
Not forgetting our BSB rider Pete Hickman, who despite limited testing time is improving. He followed up a 13th and 12th in Brands Hatch with an 11th and 10th in Thruxton, and is getting quicker all the time. Finishing races and scoring points consistantly is a key to a good Championship, so Pete, and GB Moto will be happy with his progress.
You can keep up to date with Pete's, and Tim Hasting's progress on twitter.com/ELitesUK or with photos and videos on facebook.com/ELitesUK, and of course discover all you need to know about E-Lites electronic cigarettes here on our website.