Motorsport: Staverton bike racer Jamie Wilkins made a flying start to his season in the Streetfighter A class of the national ThundersportGB motorcycle championship at the weekend.

At Mallory Park in Leicestershire, the 29-year-old notched up three wins in a row during a tense and hectic weekend.

Wilkins rides an Aprilia Tuono 1000R Factory in the Streetfighter A class for ‘naked’ sportsbikes with a maximum of 130bhp.

The class was created to provide spectators with entertaining racing from different looking bikes, and it’s certainly delivering so far.

Wilkins' bid for a championship title in only his second full year of racing is sponsored by S&B Automotive Academy, the major south-west based mechanic training centre, and White Dalton Motorcycle Solicitors.

The event at Mallory Park began well with a front row start from qualifying for the mixed Streetfighter and Supertwin grid. It wasn’t all smooth running for the number 95 though.

“I made a mistake on the opening lap of the first race, and slid off. I was in too much of a hurry to get to the front,” said Jamie.

“After that it was a frantic effort to get the bike fixed for the second race with a lot of help from some friends. I made it by less than ten seconds. It was unbelievable. The race itself went really well though, and I was so happy to get my first win of the year.”

Sunday’s races produced sensational battles with the Supertwin class Ducati 1098 of Lee Reveley on the way to two more Streetfighter category wins.

“Even though Lee is in a different class, I was determined to beat him too and we had great scraps,” said Jamie.

“Three wins in a weekend is fantastic, and I can’t wait for the next round.”