MORE POINTS FOR THE BRIDEWELLS DESPITE DONINGTON DELUGE In between a number of downpours worthy of the tropics, round two of the 2006 British Championship season was fought out in unseasonably cold temperatures at a wet and windy Donington...
MORE POINTS FOR THE BRIDEWELLS DESPITE DONINGTON DELUGE
In between a number of downpours worthy of the tropics, round two of the 2006 British Championship season was fought out in unseasonably cold temperatures at a wet and windy Donington Park yesterday but despite the merciless conditions, Etchilhampton near Devizes in Wiltshire brothers Tommy and Ollie Bridewell both added to their points tallies in their respective championships.
Racing in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship for only the second time, 20 year old Ollie followed up a superb performance at Brands with even more points in race two at Donington after just missing out in the opening leg. After taking avoiding action to avoid a fallen rider at the very first corner, Ollie battled his way through the field form dead last and was as high as 17th when the red flag came out following another incident.
The former runner up in the Virgin Mobile Cup made amends for it in race two however, with a brilliant ride into eighth place in monsoon conditions, overshadowed only by Vivaldi Racing team mate Scott Smart, who took an historic victory. As a result, Ollie lays in joint 16th place in the series, alongside works Rizla Suzuki rider James Haydon.
"I've never been so wet and cold in my life but I'm very pleased to have claimed 8th in race two. I was dead last, half a lap behind the field, after nearly crashing to avoid Tommy Hill in the opening race and had it gone the distance, I'm confident I could have salvaged some points. But well done to Scott and the team on a fantastic result, it has made me even more determined to get on that rostrum this season" said Ollie.
Meanwhile younger brother Tommy had to endure perhaps the worst conditions of the afternoon in the British Supersport Championship which was first delayed and then stopped after oil was deposited onto the wet track. In the restart, the 17 year-old battled against the opposition for six laps to bring his Vivaldi Suzuki home in a fine 13th place to add three valuable points to the a single point he scored at Brands Hatch two weeks previous and now lies in joint 17th in the thirteen race series.
"I've never been particularly good in the wet so to finish in the points is a really good achievement for me. The conditions out there were horrible and my bike wasn't handling at all well so you can imagine my relief when I saw the chequered flag. It's all about learning for me this year but I hope I don't have to race in conditions like those again for a long time. Still, two points-scoring rides in the opening two rounds is what we wanted and roll on Thruxton this weekend" said Tommy.
Indeed the next round of the respective championships takes place this forthcoming weekend on Easter Monday (April 17th) at the Wayside Racing Team's local track of Thruxton in Hampshire whereby both riders will be looking to add to their scores, hopefully in drier and warmer conditions.