Lewis Osler to ride in Thundersport GB 500 Series

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Lewis Osler has confirmed his place in the Thundersport 500 series for 2015.

Lewis has been racing in Thundersport since 2010 when he started competing in the Bridgestone 500 Championship.

During his debut Thundersport season, Lewis managed to finish sixth overall in a highly competitive field.

His performances enabled him to win the coveted Thundersport Novice of the Year prize.

“Winning that award has been one of the highlights of my racing career so far, as well as my first race win at Mallory Park,” said Lewis.

“I got into racing after watching it on TV. I loved watching MotoGP, British Superbikes and World Superbikes and after my first track day, I got the bug.”

In the 2012 season, Lewis competed in the Thundersport GB Alto Digital Minitwin Cup Championship, securing a third place finish for the season.

“Improvement will come”

“I keep trying to improve every time I go out on the track and sampling the different championships within Thundersport has helped me to do that.

He continued: “My number one priority is to have fun when I’m out on track and enjoy what I’m doing. If that’s the case then improvement will come, especially with the work I put in off the track.”

After such a strong finish in the Minitwin Cup, Lewis moved on to The Van Insurer Sportsman 600 Elite but after a season in that series, the Yorkshire rider moved back to the Thundersport GB 500 series.

However Lewis’ tale is one that all amateur racers will be familiar with, as a lack of funds forced him to pull out of the series half way through last season.

Funding worries

“Getting into racing is not difficult and there are lots of helpful people always willing to give you advice and support.

“Unfortunately that’s not enough to keep you racing weekend after weekend and money is the biggest challenge amateur riders have to overcome,” Lewis reflected.

The Thundersport GB 500 championship is one of the cheapest routes into racing but money is still a major factor in riders dropping out of racing and away from the track.

The Bike Insurer brand ambassador, Steve Parrish, reflected on the issue in a recent interview with MotorSport Days magazine: “Unfortunately, motorsport now fits very much into the category of you have to come from a privileged family.

“It’s expensive and so very few of the kids from a council house are going to come into motorsport. It’s sad and I’m really not sure how you can get more people doing it,” said Steve.

But despite financial hurdles to overcome, Lewis is confident ahead of the upcoming season.

Confidence high

“The lowest point of my career so far was in 2013 in my first year on a 600. I had a massive highside at Starkey’s Bridge at Donington Park.

“The bike ran over me and the foot peg punctured my left shoulder, destroying the entire joint. I’m over that now and ready for a fresh tilt at the championship.”

Lewis Osler is one of The Bike Insurer’s sponsored riders for 2015, racing in the Thundersport GB 500 Series on his Honda CB500. He is one of two sponsored riders at The Bike Insurer, the other being Daniel Drayton who is riding in the European Junior Cup.

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