Tommy Bridewell showed a lot of consistency this weekend throughout the practice sessions at the technical Oulton Park circuit in both the wet and the dry, it is a circuit we have had much success at also so this was a good combination.
At the start of the weekend Tommy knew Josh Brookes and Danny Buchan would be our only competition…..and here is what happened.
He had a strong qualifying session and started on the front row in second place and was eager for two strong race results on Monday.
Tommy got a great start, he and Josh Brookes were leading the chasing pack. Josh and Tommy both began to bridge a gap on third place and were in a race of their own. They were both showing good pace at the front and Tommy looked like he might be able to move for the lead but he was just unable to get close enough. It was Tommy’s first podium of the year with the team which also led to pole position for race two.
Tommy – “It was a strong race; the bike was working well and there a few little areas we can improve. I’m looking forward to race two and have another go at trying to take the win! We just didn’t have enough towards the end to make a pass on Josh.”
Starting from pole gave Tommy a small advantage but once again Brookes was out the blocks fast and took to the front. They both dominated the race and upped the pace from the opening race but the pair had a gap of 2.6 seconds from third. He rode two really sensible races and collected another second place plus some podium credits.
Tommy - “It was a great weekend and another strong race. We didn’t quite have the pace to beat Josh in that race; the pace was a lot faster. We struggled a little bit towards the end of the race with tyre life. We made a fairly big change between the races but we were still hunting that extra little bit. The upside was that we could up the pace also and run with Josh the downside was that in the last six laps or so we need to work on. I feel really good the team have done an amazing job this weekend and I am really looking forward to Donington Park.”