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24 September 2018

A win and a Podium at Oulton Park

The tenth round of the Dickies British Supersport Championship took place at Oulton Park. Ben Currie secured a strong third place in race one and another fantastic win in race two. James Westmoreland was sixth in race one and took a strong fourth place in race two.

Ben showed good form all weekend in every session and started race one on the front row in third place. He was locked in a battle in the opening few laps with Seeley and Kennedy but dropped off in the closing laps to finish third.

For race two he again was in third place on the grid for the declared wet race. Ben got one of his great starts and was looking confident out at the front when the safety car was deployed following an early incident. The safety car came in after a couple of laps with Seeley and Kennedy pushing Ben back down to third place when the race resumed. He soon regained his momentum and moved back to the front. Kennedy pushed Ben all the way looking for every opportunity to pass but Ben managed to fend him off to secure another stunning win.

James was also having a solid weekend but ended up qualifying in 11th place on the grid for race one after being caught out when the rain came down. He got a a good start and worked his way up the field to finish in sixth. For the second race he started from seventh place on the grid. He got another strong start and was locked in a tight battle in the opening laps. Taking advantage of the safety car being deployed he moved up to finish in a strong fourth.

In the Bennetts British Superbike class Fraser Rogers managed to get into a points scoring position, despite big problems with his visor, in the opening race where he secured a fantastic 15th place having started from 18th in the tricky wet conditions. For race two he started from 17th place for the declared dry race and had another great race to finish in another points scoring 15th place.

Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - " It was a great weekend for both Supersport riders. Ben did what he could in the first race to gain third and rode exceptionally well in the second race to take the win in wet conditions. We know Jack and Alastair are good in the wet so once again he rode really well and i am really pleased for him. Westy also had a good weekend, it was tough for him in race one due to his qualifying position but he came through the pack in both races to secure a couple of decent results.

Fraser once again worked hard all weekend and we have made some big steps forward. It was great he secured points in both races as he has deserved this. He rode really well and i hope ths will continue for Assen and Brands."

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posted by The Team at 15:05

A win and a Podium at Silverstone

Round nine of the Dickies British Supersport Championship was run for the first time on the the shorter National Circuit. It was another solid weekend for the team with Ben Currie securing third place in the first race and a brilliant win in the second. James Westmoreland was fifth in race one and 11th in race two.

Both riders rode well all weekend and had a strong qualifying session with both on the front row of the grid for race one. Ben got one of his normal fantastic starts and it soon became one of the best races of the season so far with many passes and overtaking manoeuvres. Ben was dicing for the lead with Alastair Seeley, Jack Kennedy and James Rispoli. He had to settle for third after a dash for the line just 0.093 behind the race winer Seeley.

Ben was once again on the front row for race two, sitting in third on the grid. Once again he got a great start and it was another amazing race with six riders battling for the lead. Ben rode a fantastic race preserving his tyres enabling him to push that little bit harder towards the end creating a small gap to take him into the lead. At one point he dropped down to fourth place but then fought back to take a stunning win.

Westy struggled off the start in race one and was unable to make a break with the front runners and had to ride hard to gain a fifth place. He started from ninth on the grid for race two but struggled through the race to push with the front runners but managed to get to fifth place at one point only to slip back with a mechanical problem, finishing in 11th.

In the Bennetts British Superbike Championship Fraser Rogers continued to improve all weekend. He qualified for race one in 20th position for the first race and finished in the same position. For race two he was placed in 24th position on the grid but was forced to retire with a problem. For the third and final race he started from 23rd and worked hard to finish in 18th.

Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - "Ben rode two fantastic races, we were worried about the second race as his bike was slightly down on power putting him at a disadvantage compared to the other contenders. However, he was just awesome. He really worked so hard throughout the whole race and just timed it to perfection. He thoroughly deserved the win.

Westy was struggling with set-up throughout the weekend and was just a little bit off the pace of the front runners. However, he is still in the running to secure third place in the Championship so we must all continue with that as a target for the remaing races.

Fraser continues to make huge improvements and progress. His lap times were good and we are beginning to move in the right direction with him. As always he worked hard to ensure he got some results and we hope he will end the season with some points."

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posted by The Team at 13:22 by E2E Solutions