It was the final race of the British Talent Cup season for Rhys at Donington Park over the weekend. This was Rhys’ last chance to get some much-needed championship points to try and break into the top 10.
Rhys managed 11 laps in qualifying, coming in with a best time of 1:42:622, only 2 seconds behind the leader. This put Rhys in 22nd position on the starting grid for the weekend.
Rhys got off to a good start on Saturday in race 1 and continued it throughout the race to finish in 6th, with a time of 23:44.310.
During Rhys’ warm-up on Sunday, bad luck struck as Rhys landed on his head and wrist coming out of turn 1. Thankfully for Rhys, his head was okay but ended up with a fractured wrist. This meant that his season was cut short and had to sit out of the second and final race of the season.
This is what Rhys had to say: “I felt both happy and sad that the year was coming to an end after 3 years in the British Talent Cup. During the free practices on Friday the track started damp but by the afternoon had dried out so I had a chance to get some reasonable set-up for both. Qualifying was not good at all, I just couldn’t find a good rhythm, with a few mistakes put me in P22 which is my worst position from Qualifying ever! Despite being back in P22 I felt positive for the Race ahead, I had in mind what I wanted and needed to do and just got on with it, bringing it across the line in P6 I was over the moon. It lifted me after a not-so-good season and thought I had finally shaken off the bad luck”.
Rhys then said: “But then Sunday morning it struck again, during warm-up I high sided out of turn one landing on my wrist and head, thankfully head was okay, wrist was not, I sustained a distal radius fracture which meant the end of my season was cut short as I was unable to take part in the 2nd and final race of the season. It’s been a tough year but I’m thankful not to have sustained any serious injuries and look forward to seeing what 2024 holds. Thank you as always to my amazing sponsors whom without I would not be able to race”.
This meant that Rhys finished the season in 12th place, with a points total of 76. Well done Rhys on a good season and we’re all excited to see what 2024 holds.