Gearlink Kawasaki News

9 October 2020

A win at Doningon Park

Another dramatic weekend in the Quattro British Supersport Championship for our boys, James Westmoreland and Ben Currie, at the Donington Park GP Circuit.

In atrocious conditions James rode a fantastic race to a achieve his first, and the team's, win of the 2020 season.

Both riders were determined to do well and in a dry first free practice Ben was third fastest and James just inside the top ten (9th in class).

The second practice session saw the weather deteriorate with some surface water on parts of the track but that did not deter Ben as he moved to top spot. James progressed to fifith place but slipped off after just four laps. Both were in solid positions for the qualifying session but unfortunately it was cancelled due to the terrible conditions. Grid positions for race one were determined from the combined free practice session times.

Race one saw Ben make a great start moving into second position from third on the grid but unfortunately the conditions caught him out when he tipped off in lap two.

James started from 10th on the grid and gradually moved through the pack having seen the conditions catch out a number of riders including the Championship leader, Rory Skinner. By half distance he was in second position behind Lee Johnstone. With four laps to go Westy "put the hammer down", caught and passed Johnstone and continued to push hard as he led the race. Johnstone with three laps to go closed the gap to half a second but crashed out on the final lap leaving an elated James to take a well deserved win and the fastest lap in appalling conditions.

The second race was held in dry conditions although the track was greasy in parts. James starting from pole position slipped back into the pack as the Yamahas quickly gained an advantage. He also saw his team mate pass him as Ben valiantly tried to go after the leading pack. James managed to re-group and repass Ben giving it his best shot to finish in a hard fought fourth place. Ben suffering a bit with the effect of the previous day's crash still managed to finish in a creditable sixth in class.

James said he felt "our day would come" and is now second in the Championship.

Both riders are looking forward to the next round at Brands Hatch for the season finale.  

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posted by The Team at 15:08 by E2E Solutions