Tom Ward stamped his authority on his home circuit this weekend after powering to the Lord of Lydden crown and shattering the 17-year-old lap record.
The Robinsons Suzuki rider scorched to the record-setting 40.782sec lap in the penultimate big bike race before cruising to the blue riband Lord race victory some 3.8sec clear of Louis Valleley as the local ace clocked another sub-41sec lap in the final.
A handful of the fastest riders from each race over the weekend had been invited to take part in the 18-lap Lord of Lydden final. While Ward was sandwiched between pole-sitter Valleley and Ducati TriOptions Cup front-runner David Shoubridge, he rocketed out of the gates. He had already gapped the pack by over half a second at the end of lap one. From there, Ward – who was absent for Saturday’s action – was unstoppable as he cruised home with Valleley and Shoubridge crossing the line a lone second and third.
It was a hat-trick on the day for the National Superstock 1000 regular, after doubling up with two wins in the Open 2 races earlier on Sunday, both ahead of Dawid Krawiecki and Bob Collins. R6-mounted Valleley took two in the Open 1 scraps with Shoubridge and Ryan Dixon fighting for a second and a third apiece.
But the new Lord of Lydden admitted the big win was made even more special on home turf with fans looking on. “It was mega to see so many people down there supporting me, and I felt overwhelmed,” Ward admitted.
“Lydden Hill has done a great job with the event, so a big thank you to them putting on a great show. And a massive thank you to all of my sponsors for this year and always being behind me.”
Photo Credit – Lee Hollick
Reproduced with kind permission. This article originally appeared on the UK Club Sport website.