TOMMY ROCKS ON!
TOM TAKES VICTORY AS OLLIE RACKS UP THE POINTS AT OULTON
In what has got to be one of the races of the season, 17 year old Tommy Bridewell from Etchilhampton near Devizes in Wiltshire showed maturity beyond his years to claim a sensational victory in the Virgin Mobile Cup race at Oulton Park today.
Following a difficult wet qualifying session on Saturday, Tommy could only manage a row three start but shot from the grid in today's dry conditions despite a near miss on turn one when a number of riders collided.
Before long, the teenager was up in the leading bunch and as the race progressed, all five riders swapped places on just about every corner before a last lap showdown whereby Tommy controlled the race in perfect fashion to bring the Wayside Racing R6 home in style for his third win of the season and in doing so, moved into contention for the championship with just two rounds to go:
"That makes up for the disappointment of not winning at Cadwell but it was a bloody hard race. I had a plan to hit the front on the last lap and then ride defensively which worked out just fine although I thought someone would have had a good go at me on the final corner. I'm just interested in winning the final two races now and I'll let the championship look after itself" said a delighted Tommy who moved into second place on nett scores.
Sadly, the success story couldn't be extended to elder brother Ollie who endured a torrid weekend aboard the 1000cc Vivaldi Kawasaki but salvaged a handful of points with a brave ride into 12th place in the Metzeler Racetec National Superstock Championship race.
The 19 year old struggled during qualifying to end up in an uncharacteristic 19th place on the grid but gamely battled through following some radical machine alterations to score four valuable points with a sterling ride around the twisty Cheshire track:
"The sooner I forget this weekend the better as it has got to go down as one of my worst performances of the season. I just wasn't at the races today and although I scored some points, 12th is no use to me or the team as we need to be winning races now. Roll on Donington as I like it there and I'm sure I can get a good result" said Ollie afterwards.
Both Tommy and Ollie will next be in action in two week's time when the BSB series visits Donington Park over the weekend of September 24th and 25th