Bridewell’s Silverstone WSB wild card ride

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Quay Garage Honda rider Tommy Bridewell has secured a wild card entry for the forthcoming Hannspree World Superbike Championship round to be held at Silverstone on August 1.

Having proved to be a regular thorn in the sides of the established works stars in BSB already this season, with a best result of fourth place at Cadwell Park in May, the 21-year-old will race the ex-Gregorio Lavilla Honda Fireblade against some of the world's best riders and will join seven other British riders contesting their home round.

Bridewell is no stranger to WSB action having raced as a wild card at Portimao in 2008 aboard a Suzuki GSX-R1000 K6 whereby he qualified ahead of the factory Kawasaki of Makoto Tamada and PBM Honda's Chris Walker before claiming a best result of 25th.

He also raced in a handful of 2009 FIM Superstock 1000 Cup races for the Lorenzini by Leoni factory-supported Yamaha team with a best result of 13th at Valencia and has experience in the Suzuki GSX-R European Cup whereby he finished on the podium at Silverstone in 2006.

Bridewell said: "I can't wait to get going and to put on a good show. While we don't underestimate the level of competition, the old girl is still competitive and we have proven that already this season so it's our kind of stage and anything can happen.

"It's an additional drain on resources and the budget is tight for our BSB season so I'm planning on selling a couple of my toys to pay for it, which will be well worth it if I can put myself in the shop window by beating a few of the established stars and gaining a few points along the way."

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Gary Pinchin

By Gary Pinchin