The BEMSEE paddock rolled into Brands Hatch last weekend as the second half of the club’s season got underway on the ever popular GP circuit.
With parking space at a premium ahead of the imminent arrival of the British Superbike series, the club had laid on a tyre shuttle bus to ferry riders and their wheels to service providers located elsewhere around the circuit. Continental race tyres were in high demand all weekend, with Brand Manager Graham on hand to advise new riders on setup as the brand continues to grow in popularity.
Cameron Harris (pictured) came into the weekend already leading the Rookie Minitwin championship with seven wins from 12 races leading up to Brands Hatch.
After qualifying on pole, Cam once again displayed impressive pace to set several fastest laps and take another four dominant wins. This weekend’s full-house of victories extends his lead in the class to 121 points with three rounds to go. There were also impressive performances from Faith Fueled Racing’s Wil Green, who took two podiums over the weekend. Two weeks earlier Wil crashed out heavily at a track day on the same circuit, so these results were certainly a big boost to his confidence and fantastic for Paul Bryant and the team. HP Racing’s Dan Harris was also in the mix despite failing to finish the opening Rookie contest, taking a 2nd place in the final race on both Saturday and Sunday.
Also fighting for a title in his maiden season is Ande Friend, competing in the Thunderbike Rookie class on the Flying Colour’s Suzuki. Ande also took pole position in class, and followed that up with four wins and several fastest laps to take the championship lead. Unfortunately close friend and fellow Continental rider Adam Norton, who was a contender in the Rookie class last year, had nowhere to go on track when a rider high-sided right in front of him in the Extreme class, a moment which was captured by Ande’s on-board camera. Adam now has some work to do ahead of the next round to get the Fireblade ready for action once again.
There were also wins for Aiden Patmore in the Rookie 400s who set the fastest ever lap in the class on his circuit debut, and Jon Barnes had a positive start to life in the 600s after switching from the Rookie Minitwin class mid-season. After qualifying in 4th place Jon brought home two top-ten results on the new bike. Kevin Miller was also back in action on the Mechanical Air Supplies Suzuki, breaking into the top ten in the Thunderbike Sport class.
Congratulations to everyone on their top results over the weekend, and BEMSEE will be back early next month at Oulton Park!
Photo credit to Kent Bad Boyz Photography.
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