Challenging conditions made for fantastic racing as the penultimate round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship took place at Donnington Park at the weekend.
For Tommy Bridewell, the races were full of mixed emotions; the first outing saw the Oxford Products Moto Rapido Ducati rider suffer a crash in horrendous wet conditions at the Derbyshire circuit. The second race saw Bridewell fight for a seventh-place finish, with the third race of the weekend seeing a return to strong form with a well-deserved fourth place finish.
The final standings from the Donnington round currently see Bridewell sitting at fourth place in the BSB championship as we head to the final round of the championship. With everything still to play for at Brands Hatch, the championship title is still well within reach.
In the Pirelli National Superstock Championship, Chrissy Rouse also suffered thanks to the wet weather in the first race of the weekend, crashing out of podium contention in the final few corners. He fought hard and bounced back in race two to take a fifth-place finish.
In the Pirelli Junior Superstock championship, Liam Delves fought hard in the race to finish up with an eighth-place finish – despite suffering badly with arm pump and having no feeling in his right arm! James Bull made solid progress on the Yamaha R6 that he’s been piloting for the last few races of the 2021 season, finishing in twenty seventh.
Donnington marked the final two races of the British Talent Cup for 2021 and was the final outing of the year for young Harrison Mackay. The first of the two races saw the Super Soco supported rider make incredible progress through the pack, a difficult qualifying session saw him starting at twenty-eighth position on the grid, but he fought hard in wet conditions to finish the race in fifteenth! The second race came with markedly better conditions and saw the True Heroes Racing team rider finishing in eighteenth. It tops off an impressive display of skill and talent from the young rider in his debut season of racing in the super competitive series.
The rest of the True Heroes Racing team also enjoyed a challenging, but successful weekend at the iconic Derbyshire circuit, with Dave ‘Salty’ Sellers making best of the challenging conditions in the first race to finish in thirteenth position in the ultra-competitive Pirelli National Superstock series. Unfortunately, in the same race, Dave ‘Scrawn’ Mackay had to retire early due to bike problems that couldn’t be resolved in time for the race. The second race of the weekend saw the pair finishing in twenty-ninth and thirty-third respectively in dry conditions.
In all, the weekend’s racing made for a fantastic penultimate round of the 2021 Championship. The stage is now set for the final round at Brands Hatch in a couple of weeks and we can’t wait to see the action unfold as the 2021 championship is decided.