Mason Law has posted six podiums and a race victory on the Quattro Plant backed ABM Racing GP2 machine, since making his debut for the team, just two short months ago at Brands Hatch in June. He is now looking forward to Cadwell Park this coming weekend.
Coming off the back of an overall podium in the class last time out at Thruxton, which saw British Supersport leader Jack Kennedy sandwiched on the box by two GP2 machines, augers well for Law, who finished third, on the Tony Scott-led ABM project.
“Thruxton was a strong weekend and probably the strongest to date for the ABM team,” said the Benfleet ace. “It was the first weekend where we were able to start straight away with a race set-up, which was a big positive. We’ve made a massive step forward and worked hard in a number of key areas, not least the chassis. We are getting there.”
In the GP2 class, tyre allocation is a little less generous than that of their Supersport counterparts, and whilst comparing ‘apples and oranges’ is an impossible task, it did leave Law, his team, and the rest of the GP2 class at a distinct disadvantage on the abrasive Thruxton surface.
“We are only allowed four front/four rear tyres, which is less than the Supersport guys and with Thruxton being a circuit that kills tyres – we knew we would be slightly up against it,” said the 24-year-old, who is a former British Supersport race winner in his own right.
Explaining his team’s strategy, he said: “We ran the same tyres for the whole of Friday, which we always do, but at Thruxton the drop off in performance is always more evident. So we worked on gearing and perfecting the chassis, whilst working with worn tyres.
“We then guessed a little in qualifying on Saturday, but the changes we made were very positive. The tyre was actually enjoying the changes too and we qualified in the middle of the second row ahead of strong British Supersport contenders Alastair Seeley and Lee Johnston.”
Vividly recounting his weekend in Hampshire, he went on to explain: “In race one I struggled to get the bike off the line. It was losing RPM as I dropped the clutch, but I managed to stay in position and worked on conserving my tyres, despite it being the shorter Sprint race. I was in fifth and slowly bridging the gap to fourth. Unfortunately as I rolled off going into turn eight on the final lap, I knew we had an issue.”
The Triumph engine had cried, enough!
“The bike had to go back to the workshop, a couple of hours away, and to their credit, the boys worked throughout the night and returned at 6am in the morning,” explained Law respectfully. “The bike had a completely new motor for Sunday’s race day, which was fine, but I had to run a different clutch; one I’d never had any experience with.”
Little did he know, despite the overnight panic, his debut overall Supersport/GP2 class podium, was just 18 laps and 25 minutes of maximum effort away.
“I was quite relaxed to be honest and made a good start. I was having a good battle with a couple of the guys and at half distance made way up to fourth, and was looking to bridge the gap to the three riders at the front.
“Two laps from the end I caught Brad Jones in third position, and it was great to finally finish on the overall podium. That was the next big target for me and the team, so it’s another box ticked.”
Looking ahead he said: “We will look to keep building on this and see if we can fight for an overall Supersport/GP2 class win before the end of the season – that would be really nice – even though we are still in early stages with this project.”