The final round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship delivered in spectacular fashion at Brands Hatch on the weekend, with Tommy Bridewell narrowly missing out on the crown as Yamaha rider Tarran Mackenzie took the title.
It wasn’t for any lack of effort from Bridewell’s part though, with the Oxford Products Moto Rapido rider taking the fight to the final round of the championship and finishing just 36 points behind Mackenzie in second position.
“I’m super proud of the way I rode and really chuffed with the way the bike was working and with the efforts the team’s put in” Bridewell said to Ducati UK. “I couldn’t have done any more, I ran it as hard as I could to Taz and I was just on the limit, I’m really chuffed with the way I rode.”
It marks a fantastic finish to the season for Bridewell, with a stellar effort from both him and the Oxford Products Moto Rapido team. It also sets the score for the 2022 season too, with Bridewell signing up for another season with the Ducati outfit for next year in the hopes of taking the title. And if the 2021 season is anything to go by, it’s most definitely possible.
In the Pirelli National Junior Superstock Championship, Liam Delves also enjoyed a successful weekend. In the first of two races, the Kawasaki rider managed to bring home a podium finish in second place after continuing a strong performance in qualifying and free practice. The second race didn’t go quite to plan, with a bad start and a mistake into turn 1 in the second race leaving him fighting back in P11. With strong resolve, and some hard-fought battles, he managed to rectify this and cross the line in sixth potion. It finishes a solid season for Delves, who in the final championship standings ended up in sixth place.
James Bull struggled to get consistent track conditions to allow for a good setup for the Yamaha R6 he switched to just a few rounds ago but nonetheless enjoyed some spectacular battles in the Junior Superstock races, finishing in P33 in the first race and improving to P30 in race two.
The True Heroes Racing team enjoyed a brilliant final round, with an all-time highest place finish for the team courtesy of rider Ben Falla, who finished in P10 in race one before going onto improve to P5 in the second of the Ducati TriOptions races. The weekend finished with a P30 in the Superstock race from Dave ‘Scrawn’ Mackay and wraps up another successful season for the veteran outfit.
The racing at Brands wraps up a brilliant 2021 season, filled with incredible action packed into an incredibly tight schedule, and some unbeatable highs for the Super Soco supported teams and riders. With the progress made this year, 2022 is already looking to be a showstopper.