Gearlink Kawasaki News

27 July 2021

Double Podium at Brands Hatch

The team was triumphant as fans returned to Brands Hatch with Eunan stealing the show, riding his way to not one, but two 3rd place podiums, his first for the team and in his first year in the Quattro British Supersport Championship.

Ben started the weekend well with two 3rd places in the free practice session whilst Eunan was in familiar territory with a top ten position.

In the qualifying session Eunan improved on his position to take 9th place on the grid for race 1 with Ben just missing out on a front row position to take 6th place on the grid.

Following an incident involving Bennetts British Superbike rider Brad Jones, race 1 was postponed. The re started race was then red flagged and a decision made to postpone further until the following day.

The shortened 10 lap Race 1 saw Ben get off to a great start quickly moving up to 4th place by the third corner of the opening lap but unfortunately was forced onto the grass to avoid a crashed rider which moved him back to 9th place. He managed to fight his way back to finish in a creditable 6th place and 4th in class.

Meanwhile Eunan was in stealth mode moving through the field to finish in a fantastic 3rd place to earn his maiden trophy for the team.

Race 2 was a different story as the sky became more overcast with rain in the air, a riders and team's worst nightmare. Both riders got off to a good start from 8th and 9th on the grid. However, the rain soon started falling forcing a red flag with riders coming into pit lane to change tyres.

A shortened race of just 8 laps was announced and with the rain still falling was declared a wet race.

Eunan again had a good start and quickly moved up to 4th place.  He soon faced his team mate and knew if he made a move it would have to be good, which it was, as he slipped past Ben and then defended his line as Ben attempted a move. In the penultimate lap they were both passed but they were still fighting for that third place with Eunan just pipping Ben by .2 sec to take a second podium place in an action packed race.

Eunan McGlinchey - "We struggled early in the weekend to find the right set up and enough pace. But we improved at each session and moved up the order. By the time the races came we were ready to battle at the front and as the weather deterioated had to adapt to conditions lap by lap. Very happy to bring it home in P3 for the team. The second race started in the the dry but was soon red flagged as the rain came down. In the limited time available a big push was required to get the bike changed for a wet set up. Was happy in the race but we had some technical issues which prevented me from battling for the win but still pleased to get some more points and another podium for the team. A massive thanks to the team for all their hard work all weekend."

Ben Currie - "It was a positive weekend with a really good feeling on the bike in the dry conditions. Our results didn't show the pace we had but it is good to have the confidence moving forward. A pair of 4th places is a tough pill to swallow with some things not going our way. Cannot wait for Thruxton now to see what we can do. Huge thanks to all the boys for all their hard wotk, let's keep going"

We are now looking forward to seeing all our fans at our home round at Thruxton.

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posted by The Team at 14:28 by E2E Solutions