Bridewell Claims Maiden BSB Podium at Brands

Tommy Bridewell left it late to claim his maiden BSB podium finish in race one at Brands Hatch on Easter Monday.

The Tyco Honda rider sneaked past Stuart Easton coming out of Clearways on the final lap to claim third place behind race-winner Shane 'Shakey' Byrne and Swan Yamaha's Tommy Hill.

Race two saw the Wiltshire man come back down to earth. His fastest race lap left him eleventh on the grid for the second race of the day, and Bridewell suffered an accident at Surtees while running in seventh.

The 22-year-old admitted the race two crash had put a dampener on the day, but is positive that he can replicate his race one result in future races.

“I was really pleased with the first race and to get mine and the team’s first outright BSB podium was fantastic and reward for all the hard work we have put in, In race two, I got a bad start and we were running really close to the white line along the back straight all weekend. With a couple of laps to go, I just went a little way over the white line and as soon as I touched the brake I went straight down on the grass.  I’m really disappointed as I really needed those points but we have made good progress this weekend.”

After the first weekend of the 2011 British Superbike Championship, Bridewell is joint sixth in the standings with 16 points, 29 behind series leader Tommy Hill. The next round takes place at Oulton Park this weekend.