OLLIE ROCKS AT OULTON...! 21 year old Wiltshire rider Ollie Bridewell continued his brilliant form to record another pair of top ten finishes as the not-so-great British summer did its best to disrupt proceedings once again, this time at...
OLLIE ROCKS AT OULTON...!
21 year old Wiltshire rider Ollie Bridewell continued his brilliant form to record another pair of top ten finishes as the not-so-great British summer did its best to disrupt proceedings once again, this time at round eight of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship which was held Oulton Park in Cheshire at the weekend.
After splashing his way to an eighth and tenth places at Knockhill aboard the Team NB Suzuki two weeks previously, the racer from Etchilhampton near Devizes overcame wet conditions again to claim a pair of ninth place finishes to make it five points scoring rides in a row as he moved up to 13th in the series standings.
But it could have been even better for Ollie as he encountered clutch problems on the warm up lap for race one, meaning he had to make a pit lane start after changing to his number two bike, whereafter he stormed through the field and just failed to catch BSB race winners Scott Smart and Tommy Hill. In race two, the bespectacled ginger ace thrilled crowds and television commentators alike as he held sixth in the early stages before settling for another ninth place after a battle against the likes of ex champion Gregorio Lavilla and race one podium man, Chris Walker.
It wasn't such a successful weekend for 18 year old brother Tommy, however, who was forced to sit out both of Sunday's races after a crash during free practice on Friday which aggrivated the rib injuries he sustained in his heavy Mondello Park crash a month ago. Tommy ended up out-qualifing his elder brother during Saturday's dry qualifying session but after consulation with the team, it was decided that he not take part in Sunday's action and try to get fit for the next round at Mallory Park this forthcoming weekend.
Ollie Bridewell: "I'm very happy to make it four top ten placings in a row but at the same time, I was disappointed not to be higher up the leaderboard. We changed the clutch before the race and on the warm up lap, the damned thing started slipping like mad so I had to come in and change my bike which meant I was dead last at the start. In race two, I got a great start and it was good to battle with the likes of Walker and Lavilla although I'm not happy that I couldn't keep Chris at bay. I feel I'm riding the wheels off the bike at the moment and the damp conditions have helped us a little in recent races if I'm being honest. Let's hope we can keep the run going at Mallory at the weekend!"
Tommy Bridewell: "I didn't do myself any favours this weekend and I knew I'd really struggle to do a race distance with my injuries so we took a mutual decision to withdraw from the two races. It's very frustrating sat on the sidelines when you want to be out there but the last thing I need at present are any more crashes so it was the sensible thing to do. Hopefully, we can get back in the groove at Mallory and I can claw some ground back in the championship.
Team NB will be in action at the next round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship which takes place at Mallory Park in Leicestershire this forthcoming weekend.
-credit: team nb