An ex-soldier deployed to Afghanistan on multiple occasions, Somerset-born Chris Ganley suffered life-changing injuries during a motorcycle accident a few years ago – losing the majority of his left arm in the process.
Determined to continue doing what he loved the most – riding motorbikes – Chris soon found ways to adapt his bikes to enjoy on the track. This quickly developed to the stage where he completed a full season of the Thundersport GB championship in 2018 – finishing 4th overall against a grid full of more able-bodied rivals. Chris returns to Thundersport GB for 2019, with his sights set on becoming the first to race the Isle of Man’s TT course with only one arm in 2023.
We caught up with Chris – a proud user of EBC Brakes products – as he entered the third round of the Thundersport series at Lincolnshire’s Cadwell Park circuit.
Chris arrived on test day feeling slightly disheartened after his performance at Snetterton the previous month. Last year at Cadwell Park, he managed a 1:50.288 lap time. This year, he was aiming for a 1:40 lap. And after changing a few settings, he was promptly doing 1:49 laps comfortably (he tells us that he had both wheels airborne over the mountain during testing!)
During a wet qualifying session, Chris was still getting a little faster and more comfortable on the wet tyres, but unfortunately, he was still off the pace with 2:11 laps.
Chris finished his first race 8th in class and managed a time of 1:56.467. “Although it wasn’t great, it was a really good confidence boost on my wet tyres,” he said.
The second race was dry, with Chris consistently hitting high 1:40 laps, and finishing the race 7th in class with a fastest lap time of 1:47.981. Chris came back to the pits feeling really good with that result.
Race 3 was another dry race, with a good battle with Brad Davey ensuing as a result. Chris spent half the race in front of him until a slip in a corner allowed Brad to get past him. Chris finished that race 6th in class with a lap time of 1 minute 46.033 seconds.
Race 4 was wet with a drying line. Chris finished 4th in class with a lap time of 1:53.884.
Chris commented on his weekend: “Overall, I improved every time I went out; the track is the hardest circuit I go to for me and I’m really happy with the weekend’s results. I know I can get faster and I’m still taking chunks off my lap times from last year. I dropped 4.255 seconds off, so my confidence is still building!”