Gearlink Kawasaki News

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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