TR Fastenings On Track For Success with Superbikes Sponsorship
Fastenings firm becomes official sponsor of Superbikes Star Ryan Strafford
TR Fastenings (TR) has become an official sponsor for Ryan Strafford, a Superbikes racer who has enjoyed huge success on the track since beginning his racing career six years ago.
Ryan established his relationship with TR via his role at Press-Form Machinery Ltd, the UK’s official agent and service partner for Haeger Insert Presses. TR, Press-Form and Haeger have a special three way relationship, giving sheet metal customers access to high quality parts, industry-leading machinery and consultancy.
Ryan started the eponymous RS Racing team with his father in 2011 and by 2014 he had won his first championship, 13 races back to back and holds 7 out of 9 records in his category. The RS team now consists of Ryan and two other racers who compete in the prestigious Golden Era Superbikes and 600 Supersport series at tracks across the UK including the iconic Brands Hatch and Donington Park. Since the partnership between Ryan and TR Fastenings began, he and the rest of the RS team have competed at Snetterton and Cadwell Park, achieving 2 wins, 5 second places and a 4th place across these meets.
After crashing out of qualifying, RS Racing's Ryan Strafford starts from the back of the grid - and climbs up to 3rd by the end of lap one! Check out the video here
TR’s sponsorship of Ryan, who races a Honda RC-51 SP2 motorbike, ensures the company logo will feature prominently on both the bike and Ryan’s racing leathers, alongside those of his other sponsors which include tyre manufacturer Continental Tires. Ryan and his bike will both play a starring role in TR’s stand at this year’s Automechanika Birmingham exhibition from 6th-8th June at the NEC. Ryan will be on hand to sign merchandise and answer questions about the bike, the sport and his relationship with TR.
The partnership also means TR can treat its customers to raceday hospitality, with trackside access and the chance to meet and chat with Ryan and his team. Sean Cushen, Branded Products Business Development Manager at TR Fastenings, comments “Having worked closely with Ryan professionally, we’ve been following his success in the superbikes circuit with great interest. His performance on the track is inspirational, and we are thrilled to be his new official sponsor.”
Ryan Strafford adds: “Racing has been a life-long passion for me and I’m consistently amazed by what I’ve been able to achieve. The success we enjoy simply wouldn’t be possible without the support we receive from our sponsors and I’m both grateful and hugely excited to have TR on board. I look forward to the coming season and am confident I can make them proud with plenty of podium finishes!”
Mark Belton, CEO of Trifast Plc, TR Fastenings’ parent company, adds: “Ryan’s tremendous achievements on the track are clearly testament not only to his individual skill, but also to the commitment and dedication of the entire RS Racing team. As a company, we strongly believe that teamwork and ambition are vital to success and optimum performance, and so sponsoring Ryan is an excellent fit for our business. We wish him all the best for the season ahead.”
Ryan Strafford Race Report
Cadwell Park – Round 4 May 2017
Round 4 of the Thundersport GB meeting was held over the May bank holiday weekend.
Saturday practice day and Sunday’s two races were held in very warm and sunny conditions, some bikes struggling with the high temperatures and suffered over heating problems. The weather on Bank holiday Monday was at the opposite end of the scale, with low cloud and rain affecting racing (typical bank holiday Monday weather) to the point where racing had to be suspended for an hour as the circuit marshal’s couldn’t see the next marshal’s post.
Sunday Qualification. The Golden Era Superbike’s (GESB) were first out on Sunday morning in ideal conditions and Strafford put the Honda RC51 in second place on the grid just 0.4s behind the Championship leader. “finding a bit of clear track in qualifying was tough. I think that was reflected in the lap times being 1.5 seconds off what they should of been” Strafford continued “I’m pleased with a front row start, its where I need to be to contest for a race win.”
Sunday Race 1 & 2
Both races followed the same pattern, Strafford making the better start and leading into turn 1, the championship leader then making a move a lap later to take the lead. Strafford was able to run the leaders pace albeit a second down on him, back markers and small mistakes by Strafford enabled the leader to stretch his lead and Strafford settled for 2nd place and 20 championship points.
“The pace was hot from the off. I had to push to all the way. A small mistake cost me the race in the end. I had the pace to make a move. I’m happy with second place, but the mistakes need to stop now.” Said strafford.
Monday Race 1 & 2
The day started damp and the team got caught out when the track dried extremely quickly and they were unable to change the bike onto to dry tyres in time for the start of the race. With the wrong tyres on Strafford was looking for damage limitation, he took the lead in the early part of the race as the riders behind him took their time getting the feel of grip available to them on their dry tyres. Inevitably as the race progressed Strafford was closed down and was passed to finish 6th overall but 4th in class. A positive note was that the championship leader finished 2nd in class so the point difference between Thornton and Strafford was minimised.
By mid afternoon the track had dried and the team had the bikes set up ready to go but typically as our bank holiday weather does it clouded over again and moisture and the odd spots of rain were felt. The team made a call and Strafford ventured out onto the grid on full slicks, several other bikes were on treaded tyres some even on wets.
As the red lights went out Strafford once again made a great start a lead for the first two laps, he was passed briefly by Mark Biswell the winner of race one but he made a strong pass on the outside going up the mountain. With the Championship leader a long way behind in 4th place Strafford held off a spirited ride by Biswell and crossed the line 3s ahead of the pack, the only downside to the win was when the third place rider crashed out at the last corner gifting the championship leader 4 points.
“The race was fantastic. I knew it was a little mental rain on the visor and the track temp was hot enough for slicks, it was just a case of feeling for the grip and riding to the conditions. The Continental Slicks felt great and never once felt loose. The race against Biswell was great. He just left the gap for the move going into the mountain.” Strafford said.
The win put Strafford back in the championship hunt and now trails the leader by 33 points, this will go all the way to the wire.
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