Tommy Bridewell finally broke his winning duck in the British Superbike Championship with a finely judged ride in race one.
The 26-year old snatched his maiden victory from Shane Byrne by just five thousandths of a second after the first race at Cadwell Park was stopped five laps early due to worsening weather conditions.
|Bridewell in action in tricky Cadwell conditions
In what would be only his second podium of 2014, his seventh year competing in the class, Bridewell went on to dedicate the win to brother Ollie, who lost his life at Mallory Park in 2007.
“It is fantastic for me to get this first win,” he said. “I have been trying so hard to push throughout my career with so much effort going into it and you have good and bad days and this is one of the good ones. I am feeling emotional about this victory and I want to dedicate it to my brother Ollie,” said a visibly emotional Bridewell.
The second race was a treacherous affair and with heavy rain falling, Bridewell stayed upright while others fell around him to bring it home for third place, confirming his place in the ‘Showdown’ in the process.
“If someone would have told me before this weekend that I would have had a win and a third place I would have bitten their arm off for it. That second race was a hard one because it was really wet and you were finding the grip but the crowd has been amazing. I got my first win and now we have got our place in the Showdown confirmed we can chill out a little bit ready for Donington. It had been a bit stressful to get that box ticked off but tonight I am going to put my feet up and relax with a cup of tea!”
Bridewell’s results see him jump up to fourth in the overall standings, 19 points behind Ryuichi Kiyonari.