'STORMING' FINISH FOR OLLIE AT BRANDS BUT TOMMY CRASHES OUT AND BREAKS COLLARBONE--
Racing brothers Ollie and Tommy Bridewell once again experienced mixed fortunes when the final round of the 2006 Bennetts British Superbike Championship was played out at Brands Hatch in Kent this weekend.
From Etchilhampton near Devizes in Wiltshire, 20 year old Ollie rounded off the season in style with a battling top twelve placing in the day's second BSB race after a non score in the opening leg which was also hit by the changeable weather.
Aboard the Vivaldi Racing 1000cc Suzuki, Ollie was hoping to bounce back from a lowly grid slot to repeat his heroics of earlier in the season at the Kent circuit but in race one around the full GP version of the track, he was running with the leading pack when out came the red flags as rain started to fall in the early laps. The team had to make a decision as to what tyre to use for the restart and once again, Ollie's luck was out as he opted for the wet tyre in the damp conditions only for it to dry out as the race progressed.
However in race two, Ollie defied the storm clouds overhead to claim a top twelve finish to conclude his debut season in BSB in joint 20th position alongside established star Steve Plater:
"What can I say? The wrong tyre choice in race one about sums up my luck this season and then when we got it right in race two, it still didn't feel quite right as it was spinning and sliding when it shouldn't have been. But I'm happy to finish the season in the points and it's been a tremendous experience for me this year and I'd like to say a big thank you to my team. I'm not sure what the immediate plans are but I hope to be back on a competitive bike next season an to reap the rewards from my learning year" said Ollie
It wasn't such a story for 18 year old Tommy who was hoping to rack up more points on his 600cc Vivaldi Suzuki in the British Supersport Championship. After an impressive showing during Friday's free practice sessions, Tommy crashed out in the opening stages of the first qualifying session on Saturday sustaining a broken left collarbone in the process. And while he missed the remainder of the action, Tommy is now a major doubt for the final round of the Suzuki GSXR 750 European Cup at Magny Cours this forthcoming weekend where he was scheduled to ride once again in the series.
"Obviously I'm very disappointed with the situation but I knew if I was to make an impact this weekend, I had to ride the wheels off the bike and I decided to do that from the off. Sadly, it didn't work out and I made an impact of the wrong sort I guess! I'll still be going over to France but I doubt I'll be riding and we now have some decisions to make with regards to plans for 2007" said Tommy.