POINTS FOR OLLIE, PAIN FOR TOMMY... Team NB racing brothers Ollie and Tommy Bridewell experienced contrasting fortunes when round six of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship took place at Mondello Park in County Kildare at the ...
POINTS FOR OLLIE, PAIN FOR TOMMY...
Team NB racing brothers Ollie and Tommy Bridewell experienced contrasting fortunes when round six of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship took place at Mondello Park in County Kildare at the weekend.
Fresh from a brilliant start to the season, both of the riders from Etchilhampton near Devizes in Wiltshire were hoping to continue their good form on their respective Suzukis and arrived at the Irish circuit in good spirits.
Qualifying went well for 21 year Ollie who managed to post a row three start, just ahead of ex champion Gregorio Lavilla, but for 18 year old Tommy, a crash on Friday had hindered his progress and he was forced to start from row seven of the grid.
In the opening race, Ollie and Tommy were battling for the lower leaderboard points when Tommy high-sided, crashing spectacularly out of 13th place and to compound the misery for the team, Ollie suffered an engine failure whilst holding 11th just five laps from home.
With a battered and bruised Tommy unfit to take his place on the grid for race two, it was left to Ollie to uphold family and team honours and after a race long battle, was unlucky just to miss out on a top ten placing, eventually finishing in 11th place.
"We struggled with grip all weekend long, but it was a compromise and we did the best we could" said Ollie. "Overall, it wasn't too bad but I'm disappointed that I retired in race one and missed out on a top ten in race two but we now move on to Knockhill and look to score more points there."
"I was lucky to get away with so few injuries after crashing out" said Tommy. "I'm sore all over and going for a check up to make sure nothing is broken but I hope to be back at Knockhill. We need to work on the set up and to optimise the grip and once we have that sorted, we can improve."
As a result of the weekend's events, Ollie moved ahead of his sibling into 14th in the overall points standings with Tommy just a point adrift in 15th going into the next round at Knockhill in two weeks time.