Gearlink Kawasaki News

8 April 2013

Win & Podiums at Brands Hatch

The team had a fantastic start to the season with Alastair Seeley achieving a stunning third and first place and Ben Wilson securing fourth and third places in the two Motorpoint British Supersport races.

The extremely cold weather conditions on Friday's practice hindered progress with the team missing the first session. However,for the qualifying session on Saturday, Alastair and Ben qualified in creditable fourth and fifth places respectively. For the sprint race in the afternoon, after a re-start, both got off to an exciting start with Ben getting an awesome hole-shot and leading for the first three laps. It was a very close race seeing both swapping paint for third position with Alastair finally taking third place just in front of Ben.

Their fast times from race one put Alastair on pole and Ben in second position on the grid for race two. Into turn one Alastair was first with Ben closely behind in what turned out to be one of the most exciting British Supersport races in years with seven riders battling it out at one point. However, it was the two Gearlink Kawasaki's that were fighting for the win with Ben leading the race before going into Graham Hill Bend only to make a small mistake allowing Alastair to seize the opportunity and take the win with Ben finishing a close third with only 0.4 sec separating the first three.

Luke Hedger had a strong weekend gaining 13th place and good championship points in his first ever Pirelli National Superstock 600 race.

Nicole McAleer was unfortunte not to be allowed to race despite qualifying in 41st place as only 38 riders were allowed on the grid.

Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - "We came to Brands Hatch with no testing in dry conditions and Ben had a small technical problem during qualifying so it was great to see Alastair get a podium and Ben fourth. The second race was even better with a superb win and a third and a great achievement for the team who have worked really hard all winter.

Both Luke and Nicole are on a learning curve with Luke doing a great job in his first race on a 600 and Nicole worked hard all weekend improving her lap times every time she went on track."

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posted by The Team at 14:35 by E2E Solutions