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Bridewell wins as Showdown six are confirmed at Oulton decider

Sunday, September 08 2019

Tommy Bridewell laid his demons to rest with his first Bennetts British Superbike Championship win of the season at Oulton Park this afternoon, while Tarran Mackenzie and Peter Hickman finished seventh and eighth to secure their places in the Showdown.

Bridewell, who beat himself up about not being good enough after slipping back to third in race two, was able to capitalise on a Josh Brookes crash in race three to take the lead, quickly passing Bradley Ray's Buildbase Suzuki and pushing hard to the flag.

Race leader Brookes slid his Be Wiser Ducati into the gravel at Shell Oils hairpin - a crash that left commentators stunned. But it paved the way for Bridewell to register a first win for himself and the FS-3 Racing Kawasaki team after a consistent season littered with podium finishes.

Bridewell's post-race smile was a stark contrast to the race two podium, and he admitted he was often his own worst enemy: "I want the best out of myself 24/7 every day of the week and sometimes that obviously causes me more harm than good. I need to learn a bit of race craft. I've been in this sport a long time but this is the first season where I'm consistently leading races and I feel so comfortable doing it.

"Credit to the team, they deserve it more than I do, I just ride around and they gave me the bike to win."

The battle for the final two Showdown places went down to the last race of the weekend, with Mackenzie and Hickman hanging on to fifth and sixth spots in the standings. A penalty exclusion for race two and a tenth-place finish in race three put paid to Andrew Irwin's Showdown dreams and fellow Showdown hopeful Christian Iddon retired from the race with a technical problem, ruling him out of the title fighting six.

Mackenzie said: "Obviously the start of the season was going really well up until Brands GP and after that it's been quite hard, a lot of crashes and a lot of injuries, but I was happy that I managed to ride at Cadwell which helped me get into the Showdown. Coming here, obviously I'd have liked to have been stronger, but to gain some valuable points and confirm my place in the Showdown now it's obviously great."

Hickman, who has left it until the final round two years running to confirm his place in the Showdown, said: "I said earlier in the weekend that I didn't like to make things too boring and be confirmed already so I thought we'd just wait 'til the end. It's been like it the last two years, but it's great to be the top BMW team again for the third consecutive season, getting the new S1000RR into the Showdown obviously was a target right from the start, it's definitely not been easy but all credit to the Smiths Racing BMW team, they've done a fantastic job."

The final stage of the 2019 Bennetts British Superbike Championship concludes with three rounds at Assen, Donington Park and Brands Hatch, where the champion will be crowned at the final triple-header of the year.

Bennetts British Superbike Championship Race 3 result:

  1. Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Racing Ducati)
  2. Bradley Ray (Buildbase Suzuki) +3.798s
  3. Scott Redding (Be Wiser Ducati) +5.603s
  4. Danny Buchan (FS-3 Racing Kawasaki) +10.571s
  5. Glenn Irwin (Tyco BMW) +23.522s
  6. Jason O'Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) +23.671s
  7. Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) +24.441s
  8. Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) +26.961s
  9. Ryan Vickers (RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki) +30.066s
  10. Andrew Irwin (Honda Racing) +30.851s

Bennetts British Superbike Championship standings after Oulton Park Race 3, with confirmed Showdown contenders in bold with podium points adjustment added:

  1. Josh Brookes (Be Wiser Ducati) 548
  2. Scott Redding (Be Wiser Ducati) 545 
  3. Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Racing Ducati) 524 
  4. Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) 515 
  5. Danny Buchan (FS-3 Racing Kawasaki) 514 
  6. Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) 501 
  7. Andrew Irwin (Honda Racing) 152 
  8. Xavi Forés (Honda Racing) 148 
  9. Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) 145 

Donington Park hosts the penultimate round of this year's Bennetts British Superbike Championship on 4-6 October with the finale at Brands Hatch on 18-20 October. Discounted advance tickets are on sale now on circuit websites.