Rookie BEMSEE Champions 2017

BEMSEE’s recent visit to Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire presented out high-flying trio of rookies with some very difficult conditions earlier this month, with sunshine and sporadic heavy rain bringing about much frantic last minute wheel swapping in the pits.

In the Rookie Minitwin class Cam Harris has been the man to beat all season long, so it was strange not to see him on the top step of the podium during the weekend. However, with one hand on the title the Cambridgeshire based rider ensured that he claimed his hard earned prize with three 2nd placed finishes and a 3rd to seal top spot in the championship. Cam was joined on the podium by Dan Harris on Saturday, as the pair battled it out near the front of the pack. Jon Barnes took a spill in a wet opening race, but dusted himself down to take a weekend best finish of 4th later that day, while Wil Green also broke into the top five in the final race of the weekend.

Aiden Patmore has also been in imperious form in the Rookie 400 class this year, not only winning the majority of his races this season but also outpacing the rest of the 400 field on many an occasion to set a string of new lap records. Four wins and a string of fastest laps at Cadwell Park ensured that Aiden secured the Rookie 400 championship with a round to go, also sitting 3rd overall in a strong 400 field which has seen thirty riders take to the grid during the season. No doubt we’ll be seeing Aiden again next season, although most likely on a bigger bike.

Things were much tighter at the top of the Thunderbike Extreme Rookie championship going into their season finale at Cadwell, with Ande Friend holding a slender lead over Carl Tucker in the fight for the title. Ande made the switch from track days to racing this year, and consistency has been the key for him this season, and four impressive wins last time out at Brands Hatch gave him a slight advantage heading into the weekend. Tucker was able to get the better of Friend at Cadwell in each race, but four strong second placed Rookie finishes were just enough to keep Ande on top in the points table.

We’d like to congratulate everyone on a fantastic season with BEMSEE this year, and we look forward to seeing those classes who still have one round left to run at Snetterton next month.

To those who aren’t at Donington, we’ll see you in 2018!

Photo by Kent Bad Boyz Photography.

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