The Prime Factors BMW team secured third place in the Thundersport GP1 Championship over the weekend as rider Michael Neeves made a welcome return to the podium at Cadwell Park.
It was a season of highs and lows for the pairing with a crash at the first race, coupled with suspension problems across the opening rounds, saw them languishing down the Championship standings and unable to demonstrate their true potential.
However following a positive weekend at round five at Oulton Park, Neeves and Prime Factors Racing proved their mettle with a brace of podium finishes, including their maiden victory, when the season moved on to Rockingham.
Making a podium return again at Anglesey in August, the pairing were rarely outside the top six over the next few rounds and capitalising on mistakes from their nearest competitors were lying in fourth as the season reached the final round at Cadwell Park. Qualifying in tenth place, Neeves was able to get ninth in the opening race however a gamble on intermediate tyres in the second outing saw him pick his way through the field to secure another podium. Backing it up in the third and final race with a fifth saw him secure third place in the Thundersport GP1 series.
Pleased to be in the top three in his debut season, Michael Neeves said, “Today was a great end to my first Thundersport GP1 season with Prime Factors Racing. After gambling on a Pirelli intermediate in drying track conditions we were able to get back on the box and after scoring a 5th in the final race we ended up third in the GP1 championship, which I’m chuffed with – particularly after a tricky start to the year!
I want to say a massive congratulations to championship winner Curtis Wright and to Josh Day and Dan Kneen for doing all the winning this weekend. But the biggest thanks has to go to my Prime Factors team for letting me loose on their fabulous S1000RR this year, not to mention my crew. I’ve loved every minute.”
Team Principal of Prime Factors Racing, Bruce Charman added “It was a difficult start to the year for the Thundersport team, but I’m really pleased with how they turned it around. Michael has had a fantastic final few rounds, and seeing him back on the podium at the final round underlines not just his capabilities but the competiveness of the Prime Factors Racing BMW.”