Top Tens For Medcalf And Wainwright At Brands Hatch

The AP Kawasaki team enjoyed a strong day in the sunshine at Brands Hatch today with both Patrick Medcalf and Josh Wainwright posting top ten results in their respective Metzeler National Superstock 1000 and 600 Championship races.

A poor start wasn't enough to dampen Medcalf's race in the 1000 category and after dropping from his ninth spot on the grid to as low as 17th in the opening few laps, he battled back to finish an impressive ninth. The Australian rider showed true grit and determination throughout the race, making up several spots on the last few laps after a safety car closed the field up.

In the 600 category, a sixth place qualifying position saw Wainwright in with a strong chance of running with the leaders, however a slightly disappointing start saw him drop two places to eighth in the first few laps. Despite this set back, the Thamesmead rider battled hard to bridge the gap to the leading seven riders and by mid-race he was lying in sixth spot on the tail of the front-runners. Frustratingly, a grip issue in the second half of the race saw him struggle for grip and he dropped back to ninth, a place he held until the end of the race.

Patrick Medcalf: "A top ten position is a good result considering I didn't get a good start and I was grateful for the safety car intervention. It was a tough race with lots happening so we can hopefully improve at Cadwell Park next time out."

Josh Wainwright: "The race was going well until lap four when the tyre started to go off. I tried really hard in the first few laps and must have overworked the rear as I had no side grip either on or off the throttle. I hung on as best I could but lost a bit more time when Estment crashed in front of me so ninth is not where I wanted to be. A top six finish would have been nice but the team is happy so we'll aim for higher next time out."

Alan Greig: "Both riders qualified well but Josh went backwards in the race sadly complaining of a lack of grip once more. It's the second race in succession that it's happened so we're planning on doing some testing over the next few weeks to see if we can get a better balance and set-up with the bike to avoid it happening again.

"Patrick spent a lot of the weekend watching the racing to work out how he could get some decent racing lines so he was very disappointed to have made a poor start but he did an amazing job in the race. He fought his way through the pack and once again showed some amazing race craft. Two top ten finishes is something to celebrate so it's been a good weekend for the team.

"I must add that prior to Oulton Park, Freddie Russo decided he no longer wanted to continue racing and although I suggested he missed the meeting to gather his thoughts, I'm sad to say he's decided to call it a day and retire from the sport. Freddie's been with the team since day one and he's been a valued member of the team so we're all going to miss working with him."

Metzeler National Superstock 1000cc Championship (15 laps)1 Jason O'Halloran (Honda)2 Keith Farmer (Kawasaki)3 Adam Jenkinson (Honda)4 Howie Mainwaring (Kawasaki)5 Victor Cox (Kawasaki)6 PJ Jacobsen (Suzuki)9 Patrick Medcalf (AP Kawasaki)

Championship standings (after 9 rounds)1 Farmer 131pts2 O'Halloran 1303 Cox 1004 Storrar 985 Brogan 90= Johnson 9012 Medcalf 40

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