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15 August 2017

Good Points at Thruxton

Despite some fantastically close racing at the ultra-fast Thruxton circuit at round seven of the Dickies British Supersport Championship, Andrew Irwin and Ben Currie were unable to secure a podium finish despite coming so close.

Andrew gained a fourth and fifth place with Ben forced to retire in race one but gained sixth place in race two.

Andrew struggled with set-up throughout the practice and qualifying sessions managing to qualify for race one in 10th place on the grid. He got a great start in but the race was red flagged due to an oil spillage. On the re-start he got another great start soon moving up to fourth place at the end of the first lap. The top eight were swapping places on every lap which is typical of the fast close racing that Thruxton is known for. He was lining up for a podium position going into the final turn when he was just nudged out and had to settle for fifth place.

For race two he started from third position on the grid, got a good start and moved up to second at the end of the first lap. Once again it was an adrenaline filled race and at one point he slipped back to seventh but was soon back making some impressive moves down the back straight into the chicane. He had lined up a podium finish and the win going into the final turn but again was just nudged out settling for a hard fought fourth place.

Ben was riding strongly throughout the practice and qualifying sessions and started from sixth place on the grid for race one but sadly the race was short lived as he was forced to retire with a technical problem.

Without securing one fast lap in race one he had to start from 12th position on the grid for race two. He got a great start and was soon up to seventh place by the end of lap one. He was involved together with his team mate in an eight bike scrap with positions changing all the time. He pushed hard throughout the the race but had a serious tyre problem still managing to finish in a good sixth place.

James Westmoreland made steady progress in the MCE British Superbike Championship. He had a really good qualifying session starting the first race in 13th place finishing in 18th place. For race two he started from 17th place on the grid finishing in the points in 15th position.

Team Manager Michael de Bidaph -"We struggled a bit with set-up all weekend on the Supersport bikes but managed to get it right for the races.

Andrew fought hard in race one but a small incident saw in run off track in the final turn. Ben was unlucky to suffer with an electrical problem in the opening stages forcing him to retire.

In race two both riders struggled with grip as the tyres delaminated so they did exceptionally well to get the results they did. Andrew was again unfortunate on the last corner and was really unlucky not to get a podium or that first win that he so deserves.

On the Superbike, James did a good qualifying lap but we struggled with set-up for the race distance. We made a huge change between races with the suspension and took a chance on something we had no data for but it proved to be very positive with some very strong feedback. We are looking forward to progressing this and moving forwards.

I would like to say a huge well done to my team as we managed to change an engine in 40 minutes, an incredible achievement and i thank them for that.

Norma and myself would like to express our sadness at the passing of Mark Fincham and we send our thoughts and condolences to his family, friends and team".

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posted by The Team at 10:53

28 July 2017

A Podium at Brands Hatch

It was another strong weekend for the team at round six of the Dickies British Supersport Championship at the Brands Hatch GP circuit. Andrew Irwin gained a good fourth place in race one and followed it up with third place in race two and his team mate Ben Currie was sixth and fifth.

Andrew worked hard with the team all weekend to find a good set-up but was caught out by the rain during the qualifying session and started race one from seventh place. Tyre choice become an issue on a drying track following an earlier downpour. Although struggling with the tyres he rode well to secure a well earned fourth place.

For race two he was placed eighth on the grid and got his usual great start that put him into fourth place after lap one. He was soon locked into a battle with two other riders and moved into the lead in the closing laps but was ran slightly wide in the last lap to finish on the podium in a hard fought third place. 

Ben continued his consistent form during the races despite a crash during a practice session. He qualified in ninth place on the grid for race one, pushed hard from the start and was able to finish in a creditable sixth place.

For race two he started from fourth but was unable to push forward for that overdue podium position despite some strong lap-times, having to settle for fifth place.

It was looking set to be a strong weekend for James Westmoreland in the MCE British Superbike Championship as the team made some great progress in the practice and qualifying sessions with their best performance of the season with a qualifying position of ninth place. The race results sadly did not reflect the effort and the progress that was made. James finished in 18th place in race one and had to pull in from race two with a technical problem.

Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - " Andrew and Ben have been really consistent all weekend in the Supersport class. We made a wrong call for both riders on tyres for race one but both of them made the best of a bad situation and still secured some good results.

Andrew is riding so well at the moment and is so close to his debut win. He did nothing wrong all weekend and rode exceptionally well in the races. I hope he gets the win that he deserves soon.

We are working strongly with Ben to help develop and move him forward in the series. He certainly has the pace but something is missing at the moment so we are working hard to put the pieces together. He is certainly capable of good things.

We were really excited about the Superbike races this weekend as we made some really good progress and it showed with the times that James was achieving in the practice and qualifying sessions. Sadly the races let us down so we will continue to investigate what is going on and keep progressing."

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posted by The Team at 15:47

16 July 2017

A win at Snetterton

It was a varied weekend for the team at round 5 of the Dickies British Supersport Championship at the Snetterton 300 Circuit. Andrew Irwin was forced to retire in the first race with a clutch problem but bounced back to take a fantastic debut win in the second race. Ben Currie was fourth in race one and retired in race two.

Andrew was fast all weekend and qualified for the first race in fourth place on the grid. He got off to a good start and was fourth after lap one but soon started to go backwards through the pack, finally pulling into pit lane. The team tried to fix the problem and Andrew returned to the track to finish a lap down in 19th place. It was later discovered there was a clutch problem.

For race two he started from seventh position on the grid and held his position after lap one but was soon in a dice for the lead. He took the lead on lap ten and was in a three way dice for the lead with the Spirit machine first over the line with Andrew second just 0.06 seconds in front of the third placed rider. As the Spirit bike is not eligible for points it was Andrew that was given his debut win in this Championship. However, it is subject to an investigation for a possible infringement for passing under a yellow flag and a decision will be made at the next meeting at Brands Hatch. Ben Currie was fourth in race one and retired in race two.

Ben started from 6th position on the grid for race one and he got a fantastic start and went through to third place in the first lap to finally finish in  great fourth place.

He was placed in fifth place on the grid for race two and had another great start to move him up to second place in the opening lap. He was involved in a five bike scrap including his team-mate but sadly crashed out on lap eight whilst in fourth place.

James Westmoreland and the team made very good progress with improving times throughout the weekend in the MCE British Superbike Championship. He started from 17th position on the grid for race one, finishing 16th. For race two he started from 20th position and finished in 17th place.

Team Manager Michael de Bidaph -"It was a bit of a struggle this weekend to find a good set-up on the Supersport bikes at Snetterton. We managed to get something to work with for both Ben and Andrew for the first race. Andrew made an error early on and burnt the clutch on the line, we managed to get him back in the pits and send him back out to ensure everything was ok. Ben rode really well and I was pleased with the fourth place he gained.

 
Andrew was fantastic in the second race and really worked hard to take the win, I was really pleased with the way he rode and how hard he pushed. The race is currently under investigation and we will know more at Brands Hatch about the result. Ben was really showing some good pace today and he was up fighting with the leading bunch, he made a small mistake and sadly crashed out of a good position.
 
We will continue to try and get some results on the Superbike. Obviously we arel be looking for continuous improvment and to push hard with James for some more points." 

 

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posted by The Team at 15:23

25 June 2017

Double Podium at Knockhill

It was a strong weekend for the team at round four of the Dickies British Supersport Championship at Knockhill. Andrew Irwin gained two fantastic second places with Ben Currie securing fourth and fifth places.

Andrew had been consistently fast all weekend during the practice and qualifying sessions. He started from second place on the grid for the opening Sprint race and secured the hole-shot leading for 11 0f the 15 laps. After a hard fought battle with the eventual winner he finished in a great second place. 

For race two he started from third place on the grid and once again got an amazing start to lead the race for 25 laps only to be passed on the last corner of the final lap, just missing out on the win by 0.101 second. He is now lying in fourth place in the Championship standings.

Ben worked hard throughout the practice and qualifying sessions to find a good set-up and stated race one in seventh place on the grid. He soon made up a position in the opening lap and gradually worked his way throught the field to finish in a great fourth place.

For race two he was second on the grid, got a good start to maintain his position after the first lap. He was locked in a battle for the final podium place but as in the first race started to suffer with arm-pump but still managed to finish in a creditable fifth place.

In the MCE British Superbike Championship James Westmoreland continued to push hard throughout the weekend improving his times with every session. He started the opening race from 20th position on the grid and finished inside the points in 13th place.  For race two he started from 18th position on the grid and finsihed in the same position.

Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - "I'm really pleased with both Andrew and Ben as they rode really well all weekend.

We managed to find a good set-up for both riders who had really strong pace for the races. Andrew has been so consistent all weekend and ridden very maturely using his head in both races. His maiden win feels so close now and i know he is more than capable of it. Ben was also showing great pace and i was confident of some good results from him but unfortunately bad arm-pump hindered his progress.

We struggled with set-up all weekend with the Superbike for James and the team is working hard to try and help him get some good results in the future. it was good to get some points on the board and we will continue to develop the bike before Snetterton and hopefully get some more points."

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posted by The Team at 17:34

26 May 2017

A win at the North West 200

Alastair Seeley was in tremendous form at the Vauxhall International North West 200 producing the fastest times throughout practice and qualifying in the Supersport class. He dominated the class to put our Kawasaki ZX-6R in pole position for the first race.

He got off to a flying start but unfortunately was forced to retire during  the race with a fuel contamination problem.

For the second race he again led the pack and was in a battle with 5 other riders with the lead constantly changing but Alastair was always at or near the front. As the race progressed the conditions became tricky with drizzle affecting certain parts of the course. Alastair managed the conditions brilliantly and started to pull away and gained a lead of nearly 4 seconds to achieve a fantastic record breaking nineteenth win at the NW200.

Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - "Alastair was superb throughout the meeting and it was disappointing that we suffered a fuel contamination problem in the first race. Such was Alastair's form that i am sure that he would have got the win. He rode exceptionally well in the second race in very difficult conditions and well deserved the win."

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posted by The Team at 12:43

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