Mason Law and the Spirit Moto Corsa GP2 team arrive at Snetterton in Norfolk as British championship leaders prior to round 2 this coming weekend – following a brace of second-placed podium finishes for the Benfleet ace, at the opening round at Donington Park National.
His team-mate for the 2020 British GP2 Championship is Joey Thompson, probably better known in recent years for his road racing prowess, but nonetheless a talented performer on the short circuit scene. Joey posted fifth and sixth placed finishes at Donington Park during the opening weekend’s action at the beginning of August, and both men are now primed and ready for action at round 2.
“Donington Park was surprisingly positive on a brand new prototype machine, which needs more track time than we’ve been able to offer it, to progress the package. Through no fault of the team, we’ve lacked that track time, basically because of the lockdown situation. On a personal level I’m please with how things are going so far. We’ve done our utmost to be as competitive as possible, while working around the teething issues of a new package; but the boys have been busy and very committed and must be commended for that. We went to Donington not knowing quite what to expect, despite being as well-prepared as the time allowed… and we did a good job.
“If we are honest, we weren’t ready to be at the front of the class at round one, and that’s not being defeatist, but it’s where we are. The progress and hard work has paid dividends already. Of course it’s great to be leading the championship and we will continue to put in the effort at Snetterton this weekend. We’ve had some upgrades which is encouraging, and the development within the Spirit Moto Corsa GP2 team is only going to continue in the right direction. Let’s enjoy it.’
Mason has pretty much summed up where we are with the project, but we arrive at Snetterton in a good frame of mind and ready to make another step forward. My goal is obviously to be up there at the sharp end challenging for the podium places with Mason, and together giving the whole Spirit Motorcycles project as much exposure as possible. It’s an exciting new class and we want to be at the business end consistently; something I think we can achieve with the new Spirit Motorcycles SP2.”
Rod McDonagh – Team Principal:
“Donington was our first competitive outing for the brand new SP2. Covid-19 and other difficulties restricted the time we had available for testing, so despite the round one gremlins, we were very pleased to secure two second place finishes and a strong showing by both riders. Mason leading the championship, despite the gremlins, is a better start than we could have imagined, particularly against strong competition from teams with developed and proven machinery.
“A lot more work has been undertaken in preparation for Snetterton. We have hopefully solved our over-heating and gear selector issues and we hope to demonstrate more of the potential of the SP2 and our fantastic riders, Mason Law and Joey Thompson. Both riders have found a good base setting, so we are looking forward to some great racing this weekend.”