Brands Hatch Race Report
A wet final round of the 2013 British Superbike season provided an exciting finale with Oxford TAG Triumph scoring well and Smith’s Triumph announcing a new rider for 2014.
British Supersport Championship
Factory team Smith’s Triumph ended their title defence with Billy McConnell securing fourth position in the sprint race which meant despite a DNF in Sunday’s feature race he claimed third place in the championship overall. Richards who announced his retirement at Brands Hatch gave two consistent performances on a wet circuit to finish sixth then fourth in the sprint and feature races respectively. Richards, who finished eighth in the championship, will be replaced for the 2014 season by Graeme Gowland.
The Oxford TAG Triumph team enjoyed success at the Kent circuit with Richard Cooper’s first win of the season during Saturday. Cooper continued this superb race form on Sunday and crossed the line in second to add 45 points to his championship tally. Cooper ultimately finished seventh with teammate Scott Smart ending the season in twelfth.
Profile Racing’s Luke Mossey and Luke Stapleford both ended the season with a points scoring weekend at Brands Hatch. It was Stapleford who scored points in Saturday’s sprint race with a thirteenth place finish but Mossey who went one better and secured eight additional points for the team. Mossey and Stapleford finished the season in eleventh and thirteenth in the championship respectively.
T3 Racing took on 2011 Triple Challenge winner Luke Jones as a guest rider who relished the opportunity to be back on the Daytona and stormed to take the final podium step after race one on Saturday. Jones crashed out in race two where Rob Guiver scored his only points of the weekend. Guiver had already claimed the Supersport Cup at the previous round at Silverstone.
National Superstock 600
Team Haribo Starmix’s Joe Collier scored heavily at the final round crossing the line after 12 laps in third position. Collier completed the year in fourth place overall.
Triumph Triple Challenge
After Chrissy Rouse secured the title at Silverstone it was the fight for second place that saw Freddy Pett and Philip Atkinson battling it out at Brands Hatch. However despite Atkinson taking the chequered flag in race two second place was still out of reach as Freddy Pett scored highly in both races.
Scott Pitchers saw off Dan Helyer in the Triple Challenge Cup with only 2.5 points to spare.
Entry for the 2014 Triumph Triple Challenge is now open. For more information visit www.triumphtriplechallenge.com