DOUBLE TOP TEN FOR OLLIE 21 year old Wiltshire rider Ollie Bridewell overcame difficult conditions to record a pair of top ten finishes when round seven of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship visited Knockhill in Scotland at ...
DOUBLE TOP TEN FOR OLLIE
21 year old Wiltshire rider Ollie Bridewell overcame difficult conditions to record a pair of top ten finishes when round seven of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship visited Knockhill in Scotland at the weekend.
Riding the Team NB 1000cc Suzuki, the racer from Etchilhampton near Devizes equalled his career-best eighth place in the opening race with another battling top ten placing in the day's second race at heavy rain threw the meeting into turmoil.
After a disappointing qualifying session, Bridewell lined up on row five of the grid and on a rapidly drying track, Ollie circulated in the leading bunch in race one before eventually finishing the 24 lap race in eighth place aboard the Pirelli-shod bike.
Race two was again delayed as the organisers battled against the elements but it was eventually run over 26 laps and another battling performance saw Ollie bring the bike home in tenth place after a race long battle with the experienced Sean Emmett.
It wasn't such a successful weekend for 18 year old brother Tommy who failed to add to his points tally following on from his big accident two weeks ago at Mondello Park.
Battered and bruised and struggling with suspension problems, Tommy posted a pair of brave top twenty finishes but had to concede defeat after a demanding weekend.
Ollie Bridewell: "I'm reasonably happy with my performance and I don't think anyone else could have ridden my bike any harder whoever they were. It was great to battling up towards the front with the likes of Lavilla, Emmett and Harris and I felt comfortable throughout the two races. We need to replicate this form into the dry conditions now and although we don't have any testing planned between now and then, I hope to step it up a gear at Oulton Park in two weeks time."
Tommy Bridewell: "I'm still feeling the effects of that crash at Mondello and I think it knocked a bit of confidence out of me if I'm being honest. That said, we'd struggled all weekend with the rear suspension and we didn't get a setting that I was happy with but at least it's a couple of finishes and we move on to Oulton Park where I scored some good points last time there so the others had better watch out!"
Team NB are not attending the official MCRCB test at Croft this week but will be in action at the next round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship which takes place at Oulton Park in Cheshire over the weekend of July 13th to 15th.