The championship threw up another mix of results for lots of the riders last weekend, but Oxford Racing Ducati’s Tommy Bridewell continued his consistent results to leave the Derbyshire circuit in second place in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship.
Tommy was finding a good set up in FP1 and was 4th fastest in FP2 just 0.3 off the fastest time, FP3 he was fourth heading into qualifying later that morning. The qualifying session was exceptionally close and Tommy fought hard to put in a strong lap time, eventually starting race one from fifth place, with a tight time schedule of the triple header weekend tommy could not afford to crash out as it would give the team little time to repair the bike for the race.
Tommy was feeling confident going into race one and was eager to get a good start. He pushed hard early in the race and led for 19 laps fending off challenges from Tarran Mackenzie. However, it was Scott Redding who was on a mission and Tommy had a small problem but still fought on to finish in a solid fourth place. He rode a strong race and set the fastest lap of the race putting him on pole for race two on Sunday.
Tommy got a good start off pole position and was second after lap one but he soon made his move to the front. He was involved in a tough battle with Factory Honda rider Xavi Fores for the lead and once again looked strong at the front. As the rain started to come down Tommy backed off thinking there might be a red flag but he had to settle into third place until the race was cut short when the flag came out eventually bringing the race to an end at the end of lap 18.
Once again it was another fantastic race in the Bennetts British Superbike Class, Tommy was strong off the start and got away with the leading pack again. At one point seven riders were fighting for the win. Tommy dug deep and waited patiently until the last lap when he made a confident move on Tarran Mackenzie to take his second podium of the weekend with another third place.
Tommy Bridewell – “I have to take the positives, I think I built up to much expectation for the weekend and wanted to leave with a win. Ultimately, the Championship is a very long goal and the trophy I want to get at the end of the year than perhaps lose it here.
It was a very good weekend the team did an amazing job and the bike is really nice to ride. We’ve still got some things to find and we are just a sole rider in the team so it is just us who have to find that little bit extra. We are doing a great job and I’m so happy with how the team have worked.
I’m looking forward to Brands and I knew it would be tough here this weekend. I’m hoping they are coming into what is my back yard at Brands Hatch and get some really strong results there.”