After qualifying in a fantastic second place, any hopes that Tommy Bridewell had of rounding out an eventful season in the Suzuki GSXR750 European Cup in style vanished when he crashed heavily on the third lap of the final round held at Magny Cours in France.
Continuing his great end of season form after breaking his leg at the opening round of the Italian Superbike Championship, Bridewell was just pipped to pole position by Austrian Roland Resch and in the early stages of the race, despite a poor start, the 20 year old from Devizes in Wiltshire was making ground on the leaders.
However, a huge highside on lap three scuppered his chances and Bridewell was lucky to escape injury.
"I was pushing a bit too hard, a little too early, as we'd made some changes to the rear of the bike and in the end, it spat me over the top. I landed on my head, which was fortunate, and not my leg as that would have been a bummer if I'd broken that again. It's not been a particularly successful season in the Suzuki Cup but I'd like to thank Steve Booth and the rest of the team for giving me the opportunity. Now we just need to get sorted out for Brands next weekend where I need a good finish on the Centurion Honda in the British Supersport Championship" said Tommy.
Tommy will be one of the guests at the final Fred & Scoop CJ Fund Charity Chat Show on Friday evening which takes place at the Brands Hatch Thistle Hotel adjacent to the circuit entrance. Most of the British Superbike Championship stars will be in attendance throughout the evening which starts at 6.45pm. Admission is £5 per adult with all proceeds going to the CJ Fund.