Gary Mason secured the 2009 British Superbike Cup championship with five rounds still to go, with another double class victory at Croft on Sunday.

The Quay Garage rider qualified his Honda an excellent sixth on the overall BSB grid for round ten of twelve and then rode to eighth place in the first race, despite brake fade.

Nearest Cup rival Peter Hickham was eleventh on track and second in class, but Mason lined up for race two with a real chance of securing the 2009 title.

A strong start saw Mason run an early fifth, which became eighth at the flag. But Hickman was only 15th and third in class, behind both Mason and Tommy Bridewell.

That meant Mason now holds an unbeatable 125.5 point lead over the Yamaha rider with five rounds and a maximum of 125 points remaining.

"That was an awesome race. The bike felt good and we remedied the brake fade problem encountered in race one," said Mason. "I would like to send sincere thanks to Ian and the Quay Garage team for helping me win this championship in such a decisive manner.

"I would also like to thank all our sponsors, notably Old Moors Cider, Q8 Oils, A&C Recruitment, Mitchells and Nolan Oils for their support without which we wouldn't have even been in a position to start the 2009 season."

Mason has now won 17 of the 21 Cup races this year, and also sits tenth in the overall BSB standings with a best finish of sixth against the 2009 machines. Mason's triumph marked the second Cup title for the Quay Garage team after James Buckingham in 2005.

"I'm absolutely over the moon to have clinched the team's second victory in the Cup Championship," said team principal Ian Woollacott. "Gary has ridden a superb season, consistently finishing at the sharp end and more importantly bringing the bikes home without any real battle damage.

"It has been a tough year scraping together the funds to attend each round, thus to win the Cup gives us an immense sense of achievement. We are a small, hugely underfunded team, though have made the best of all available resources to take this title. My thanks go out to the team, our sponsors and especially Gary Mason for his commitment throughout.

"Our business now is 2010 and finding the much needed sponsorship to purchase two new machines and put together the infrastructure necessary to mount an assault on the main BSB Championship," he added.


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