SEASONS BEST SO FAR FOR BRIDEWELL BROTHERS AT CROFT Ollie Just Misses Podium As Tommy Rocks On-- Brothers Tommy and Ollie Bridewell, from Etchilhampton near Devizes in Wilshire, ensured the long trip north was made worthwhile when they romped...
SEASONS BEST SO FAR FOR BRIDEWELL BROTHERS AT CROFT
Ollie Just Misses Podium As Tommy Rocks On--
Brothers Tommy and Ollie Bridewell, from Etchilhampton near Devizes in Wilshire, ensured the long trip north was made worthwhile when they romped to their best results of the season as round six of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship meeting visited the Croft Circuit in North Yorkshire over the weekend.
In front of yet another massive BSB crowd and despite the occasional inclement weather, 19 year old Ollie followed up his superb victory in the Yamaha R6 Cup at the same circuit last summer with a career best fourth place in the Metzeler Racetec National Superstock Championship race after 18 frantic laps around the former wartime airfield circuit.
Earlier in the day, 16 year old Tommy had to endure even trickier conditions in the drizzle as he brought his Wayside Racing Yamaha R6 home in sixth place in the Virgin Mobile Cup and in doing so equalled the result he scored at Mallory Park earlier in the season.
However, the youngster was delighted with his performance which saw him having to battle through the field in the early stages as he explained:
"I think this is a better sixth place than the placing at Mallory because I really had to fight hard for this one. As soon as I got the feel of the track I started to move forward but I didn't want to take too many risks on the road tyres in the slippery conditions but I'm really pleased to have been dicing with some riders with a lot more experience than me" said Tommy who now lies in 9th in the Virgin Mobile Cup standings.
Elder brother Ollie, meanwhile, followed up his best qualifying position of the season to run with the leading bunch and ended up with his best result of 2005 despite problems:
"I felt the clutch go at around half race distance and I was in two minds as to whether to pull in or not but I'm glad I battled on. I was fortunate that a couple of riders in front of me made a mistake but I was there to capitalise and I'm delighted with this result. I know I can now seriously challenge for a podium finish now" said Ollie who now lies in 8th place in the championship in his debut season aboard the Vivaldi Kawasaki.
Wayside Racing team owner Marcus Bridewell was equally delighted: "Today has proven that both Tommy and Ollie can run up there with the leading riders and we now are looking at challenging for podium finishes at Knockhill. It will certainly make the seven and a half hour journey back home a lot more bearable!"
To round off a successful weekend for the Bridewell's, Ollie was awarded Man of the Match at the Charity BSB Football Match held in Darlington on Friday evening.