RECORD BREAKER BRIDEWELL ON TOP AT KNOCKHILL TOMMY ROCKS ON AS OLLIE BOUNCES BACK AFTER LAP ONE EXCURSION-- Brothers Tommy and Ollie Bridewell, from Etchilhampton near Devizes in Wiltshire, made the most of their long trip north with a pair...
RECORD BREAKER BRIDEWELL ON TOP AT KNOCKHILL
TOMMY ROCKS ON AS OLLIE BOUNCES BACK AFTER LAP ONE EXCURSION--
Brothers Tommy and Ollie Bridewell, from Etchilhampton near Devizes in Wiltshire, made the most of their long trip north with a pair of stunning performances at round seven of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship meeting held at Knockhill in Scotland over the weekend.
With yet another bumper BSB crowd enjoying the pleasant Fife sunshine, 16 year old Tommy became the youngest ever winner of a Virgin Mobile Cup race with a superb demonstration of racecraft aboard the Wayside Yamaha to take the victory by over two seconds and just for good measure, set the fastest lap of the race to claim the lap record too.
Having posted a season's best second place during qualifying, Tommy ran with the leading group in the early stages before pulling clear to win in front of the live TV cameras and was naturally ecstatic following the race:
"That was great and I couldn't have asked for anything better" said Tommy. "I saw the leaders were starting to pull away and I was struggling to catch them but I knew if I put some consistent laps in I could reel them in. Then Billy McConnell crashed right in front of me and nearly took me down with him but I got my head down and took advantage of any mistakes that Brendan (Roberts) and Jon Boy (Lee) made. This is brilliant and I'm looking for some more wins now that's for sure!" concluded the teenager who has moved up to eighth in the series as a result.
But for a first lap incident, elder brother Ollie could well have joined his sibling on the podium after an eventful Metzeler Racetec National Superstock Championship race for the 19 year old.
Holding a front row qualifying position for much of the final session, Ollie was bumped back onto row two of the grid but was still confident of a rostrum aboard the Vivaldi Kawasaki.
However, on the opening corner, a mistake by another rider forced Ollie off the track and relegated him to 18th position at the end of lap one meaning he had his work cut out to climb the leaderboard around the tight and twisty 1.3 mile circuit overlooking the Firth of Forth.
But once again with experience beyond his years, Ollie set about his charge through the field and by half distance was inside the top ten, eventually climbing as high as fifth at the end of the 26 lap race to leave himself eighth in the championship standings:
"I had no option to run off into the gravel when Adrian Coates crashed into the back of me on the first corner and that was something I could have done without. But I knew I had a lot of work to do so I settled down and tried to pick off the riders in front which I managed to do right up to fifth position and I'm sure that had that not have happened, I'd have been up there on the podium for sure. I aim to be up there at the next round at Snetterton as I'm feeling very confident now" said Ollie.
Wayside Racing team owner Marcus Bridewell was delighted with his sons' performances: "It makes the ten hour drive up here worthwhile when there's a winner's trophy in the cab on the way home. Ollie rode really well and I'm delighted with the way he set about clawing back the time loss and as for Tommy, I knew he had it in him so I'm absolutely delighted for both of them. They both deserved their success today and we're very much looking forward to Snetterton in two weeks time."