Oxford Racing Ducati’s Tommy Bridewell took a well-deserved maiden 2019 Bennetts British Superbike win at Oulton Park this afternoon, taking the lead on lap ten after series leader Josh Brookes crashed out.
Bridewell has been waiting for his first win for the whole season and has rewarded Steve Moore’s faith in him crossing the line in front of Buildbase Suzuki’s Bradley Ray - who he had to pass in order to take victory - in second with Scott Redding in third.
Brookes hit the front on lap three, passing Ray and setting a new lap record to boot while Bridewell was behind Redding and Danny Buchan. Bridewell was not about to let Brookes escaoe so made short work of the FS-3 Kawasaki man.
It took Bridewell only only a couple more laps to pass Redding and he did it with a new lap record of 1’33.941. Brookes was also pushing hard but asked too much of his front Pirelli on lap ten at Shell.
Ray had the lead back briefly but Bridewell passed him and Lodge and never looked back, hitting his markers for eight laps to bag the big trophy.
Tarran Mackenzie and Peter Hickman are confirmed as the final two Showdown contenders for 2019, while Andrew Irwin charged through from the back of the grid to tenth despite a huge collision with Christian Iddon whose Tyco BMW ground to a halt on the exit of Hizzy’s.
Buchan ended up with a lonely ride to fourth while Glenn Irwin and Jason O’Halloran scrapped it out for sixth with the Tyco BMW man winning out.
Mackenzie beat Hickman to to seventh place with Ryan Vickers in ninth and Andrew Irwin tenth. Luke Mossey was 11th while Luke Stapleford came through to 12th after a pitlane start. Claudio Corti, Xavi Fores and Joe Francos completed the points scorers.
Redding’s podium means he is only three points behind Brookes as the Showdown commences. Brookes has 548 points with Redding on 545. Bridewell is on 524, Mackenzie on 515, Buchan on 514 and Hickman on 501.