Gearlink Kawasaki News
28 October 2015
The team had a solid weekend for the final round of the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship at Brands Hatch. Glenn Irwin raced his final race in the Championship for Gearlink Kawasaki as he moves up to the British Superbike series in 2016. Glenn was unfortunate to have a technical problem in race one and had to retire, however, he secured a solid podium place in race two. Ben Wilson was seventh and fifth and Luke Hedger gained two good top ten places with a ninth and eighth place respectively.
Glenn looked strong all weekend as he was still in the fight to secure second place in the Championship. Despite the mixed conditions during practice and qualifying he was in fifth position on the grid for race one. Unfortunately he had a technical problem in the first lap which forced him out of the race and meant that he had to start from 11th on the grid for race two. He got a fantastic start and was soon up to sixth place after lap one and worked his way through the leading pack to second position after lap seven. He was then locked in a scrap for the remainder of the race to finish on the podium in a great third place.
Ben worked hard all weekend and set some good times in the wet practice sessions. He ended up qualifying tenth on he grid for race one and after a great start was in a good battle for fifth place when the race was red flagged on the penultimate lap with Ben having to settle for seventh place. For race two he started from seventh on the grid to finish in a creditable fifth place.
Luke had another solid weekend in the cold conditions to qualify in ninth place on the grid for race one and finished in the same position. For race two he was eighth on the grid and secured eighth place at the finish.
James Westmoreland joined the team for the weekend riding the Kawasaki ZX-10R in the MCE British Superbike Championship. In the first practice session in wet conditions James managed to put the bike in first position for the team. They had little track time to make the changes required and despite having to retire in race one secured two 18th places in the final two races.
Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - "It has certainly been a mixed weekend for us, everything started really well during practice with the Supersports and Superbike but it went downhill after that.
It was a real shame for Glenn in the first race having a technical problem as this could have cost him second place in the Championship. It has been great to work with Glenn over the last couple of years and i am really pleased he has been given such a great opportunity in the Superbike class next year and we wish him all the luck. Ben and Luke also rode well this weekend wih all three riders in the top ten results over the weekend.
It was great to have James Westmoreland with us for the final round, we made a lot of progress despite the lack of testing and dry track time and the results did not justify the effort James put in.
Lastly i would like to thank all our sponsors who have backed and supported us all season, without them we would not be able to go racing and we really appreciate all the help they give us."