Alex Lowes completed a memorable double at Cadwell Park with victory in the second race of the day. The second win did come with a little good fortune though as Josh Brookes crashed out moments after passing the Samsung Honda on the last lap.
The race at the sharp end was similar to the first with five riders distancing themselves from the rest of the field but on this occasion, Shane Byrne was at the back of it and found himself a distant fifth towards the end. James Ellison was clear of the Kawasaki in fourth but couldn’t match the incredible Tommy Bridewell who pushed the top two all the way.
The Halsall Racing Kawasaki even took second on lap six thanks to a mistake at the Mountain from Brookes but with three laps to go, the Australian fought back at the hairpin, setting the stage for a rousing finale. Brookes had set the fastest lap to bring himself into contention and under braking for Park, he dived up the inside of Lowes to take the lead but as he tipped the Tyco Suzuki into the left hander of Mansfield, the front end gave way and Josh was out on the spot.
For Lowes, it was a dream ending to his home weekend and the Lincolnshire rider admits he still can’t believe how far he has come.
“The feeling is fantastic, winning like that in front of all those spectators. It is like a fairy tale weekend for me and it has just been awesome. I could not have asked for anything more and now I am looking forward to the rest of the season. It’s not that long that I was sitting on those banks watching the likes of Neil Hodgson and waiting for my chance to get out there. Now I am here and winning the races, though they were hard and luck was with me in the second one.”
The happiest man of all had to be Bridewell though who ensured he will go to Donington with an outside chance of the showdown after his first podium of 2013.
“I’m feeling mega, that was a brilliant race. It was a race where I actually felt really comfortable as I knew exactly what I had to do and I played it just right. Once I was up to second I had pressure from behind from Josh and James Ellison and I managed to hold them off for a while. When Josh did get through he caught me off guard but I knew I was still in a podium position and that was what I wanted. I am so happy with this result but I wish that Lee could’ve had a better day. Hopefully from here we can work closer together to help him progress as I know he can when we get to Donington. Thanks to Martin and the whole team for a fantastic effort once again.”
The demise of Brookes promoted Ellison onto the podium with Byrne fourth ahead of Ryuichi Kiyonari, Chris Walker and Peter Hickman. Josh Waters rode one of his best BSB races to date to take eighth with the dueling Buildbase BMW riders finishing ninth and tenth, James Westmoreland getting the better of Jon Kirkham.