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OLLIE AND TOM RACK UP THE POINTS The 2006 British Championship season got underway in superb style yesterday at Brands Hatch in Kent with Etchilhampton near Devizes in Wiltshire brothers Ollie and Tommy Bridewell both scoring points on ...

OLLIE AND TOM RACK UP THE POINTS

The 2006 British Championship season got underway in superb style yesterday at Brands Hatch in Kent with Etchilhampton near Devizes in Wiltshire brothers Ollie and Tommy Bridewell both scoring points on their championship debuts.

Racing in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship for the very first time, 20 year old Ollie followed up a superb 15th place in his debut outing with a brilliant top ten placing ahead of former champion Shane 'Shakey' Byrne in a wet and windy race two to end the day in joint 14th in the series aboard his 1000cc Vivaldi Suzuki.

"It was really tricky out there but I'm pleased with my results and to end up highest placed Vivaldi rider in race two was great. It felt like thirteen laps rather than thirty and the tyres were fantastic but all credit to the team for providing me with a great bike, I guess I'll be buying the drinks now!" said a delighted Ollie.

Meanwhile younger brother Tommy overcame a crash during qualifying to end up in 15th place on his debut ride in the British Supersport Championship. Despite the handicap of a finger injury sustained during pre-season testing, the 17 year-old claimed a single point for fifteenth place aboard the Vivaldi Suzuki following the red-flag which curtailed the race a few laps short.

"I'm pleased with the result especially as we had so little track time and it was tough out there. This is the most competitive championship I've ever raced in and whilst I didn't underestimate the opposition, it's proving even harder than I expected but I'm confident that I can secure a better result next time out" said Tommy.

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