The third round of the Thundersport GB motorcycle race series – held at Cadwell Park on 26-27 May – saw the inspirational Chris Ganley continue rising up the ranks with increasingly impressive results.

Chris uses EBC’s X Series floating discs and GPFAX race pads on his adapted Yamaha R1

CHRIS GANLEY

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.

TEST DAY

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!)

QUALIFYING

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.

RACE TIME

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’ THOUGHTS

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!”

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Chris Ganley uses these EBC Brakes products:

X Series Floating Front Discs

The Wigley Brothers use EBC’s ultra-lightweight ‘X Series’ floating front discs on their racing motorcycles. Since their introduction, they have become one of the world’s best-selling, lightest and best-performing discs available for all modern sport bikes; available from EBC Brakes distributors around the world.

These motorcycle discs feature a unique and patented S-Drive button system which boasts square-sided rivets captured in square drive pockets on the rotor and hub, allowing the outer rotor blade to expand and contract freely under the heat of braking without suffering from rivet lock.

X and XC floating discs are the lightest you can buy. They will eliminate all your vibration problems and last longer than conventional rotors using round-button technology. Both designs further reduce weight by using only six drive buttons, dropping overall weight by up to 300 grams in the process.

GPFAX Sintered Road/Race Pads

To complement the discs, the brothers use EBC’s GPFAX pads. These race-only pads feature a material blend that has a higher friction and far better grip than any other brake pad on the market.

With a friction measurement between 0.6 and 0.7, they deliver the most amazing brake effect available. Zero brake fade is guaranteed and the heat stability of these brake pads is perfect, leaving the racer with high confidence and a product that can be used over numerous races.

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