Tommy Bridewell will be back on the MCE British Superbike Championship grid at Oulton Park after inking a deal to join the expanding Halsall Racing team.
The 24-year-old began the season riding the Bathams Honda, but a persistent run of technical problems would prompt him to part-company with the team after five events.
Sitting out the sixth round at Brands Hatch as he agreed terms on a new contract, it has been confirmed that Bridewell will back in action on Kawasaki machinery for round seven at Oulton Park alongside Lee Costello at Halsall Racing.
“I'm massively excited to be joining the Halsall crew,” said Bridewell, who surprised the paddock in 2012 b qualifying for the Title Showdown on a Supersonic BMW. “It feels like a refreshing re-start to the season for me and this is just what I need. For various reasons, so far 2013 hasn't gone the way I wanted it to but this is just what I needed.
“My focus is 100 per cent and I feel really good. It's exciting to be part of an up and coming team like Halsall Racing and I'm looking forward to working alongside Lee. I have a few years of experience in BSB now and I believe together we can really help develop the team and the bike. I'm delighted to have been given this chance to be a part of such an exciting project."
The decision to expand to two bikes comes on the back of Jack Valentine's appointment as team manager, the former Crescent Racing and Foggy Petronas helmsman having come on board from Brands Hatch. For him, Bridewell is the ideal choice for Halsall Racing's ambitious plans
"It's fantastic news that Tommy has joined the team. Martin and I are both fully committed to taking the team forward and we knew we needed an experienced front runner to help us make this happen. I've always been an admirer of Tommy; he had an excellent season last year and for us as a team, getting the opportunity to run him is excellent.
“I believe this will be a great move for all of us. Lee is already doing a great job and now that we have secured Tommy we can move even further forward with our plans to make Halsall Racing Kawasaki a strong and competitive team."
Race winners at Superstock 1000 level, Halsall Racing stepped up to the Superbike class in 2013 with protégé Costello riding its sole ZX-10R. Despite a slow start to the year, Costello scored the team's best finish of 12th place last time out at Brands Hatch and has scored in three of the last four races.