Josh Brookes booked his place in the BSB Championship Showdown with a series of determined rides at the Cadwell Park Bank Holiday meeting.
The Australian was disqualified from third in Sunday's opening race after a collision with Michael Rutter but bounced back on Monday with fourth in race two and a magnificent second in race three, splitting the dominant Swan Yamahas.
Brookes was particularly pleased with the progress that Relentless Suzuki by TAS have made with the GSX-R1000 and will enter the Showdown full of confidence.
“I was a bit suspicious in the first race that we had a small tyre problem and we wisely didn’t change anything on the bike for race two. The whole GSX-R Suzuki package worked so much better and I was able to fight at the front and finish right on Tommy’s back wheel. Despite a few blips during the season, we always knew we were in with a chance of winning the title and we got the chance to prove that this weekend in the results. I’m really pleased how the weekend ended.”
Team Manager Philip Neill feels likewise and believes the remaining circuits will suit their package, giving Brookes a real chance of clinching the title in the Showdown.
“What a weekend. I’m certainly glad that one’s over but I’m also delighted how it ended for us. We made life difficult for ourselves at the start of the season and had to play catch up, but the combined package of Josh Brookes and our GSX-R Superbike is more than good enough for the job. He’s coming strong at the right time of the season and even though we would have liked a few more podium credits, the man who wins races in the final three rounds will undoubtedly be Champion. Donington, Silverstone and Brands are strong circuits for Josh and we firmly believe he will be in there challenging for victories.”
“On behalf of the whole team, we would like to pass on our deepest sympathy to Ben Gautrey’s family circle after the young man tragically lost his life today at Cadwell Park. We’d also like to mention local men Wayne Hamilton and good friend of TAS Racing, Adrian McFarland, who also sadly lost their lives in separate road racing crashes at the weekend.”