Simon Andrews (#20) had vastly contrasting fortunes at the British Supersport and Superstock season finale at Donington Park last Sunday, which saw him crash out of one - but make amends with a storming ride in the other.

Starting from third position in the Supersport race, Andrews was challenging for the lead - until the fourth lap - when he slid off at McLean's after hitting dirt and debris left by an earlier crash.

"I got caught out at McLean's when the bike slid out from under me after running in a little deeper on the brakes and hitting the cement dust, which was on the track from Steve McMillan's earlier crash," explained the UCL Honda star. "The only other DNF we've had was at the start of the season with a mechanical problem. I guess we were due for a bit of bad luck, but it's disappointing it had to be the last race of the season. We were all hoping for that first win."

By contrast, Andrew's Superstock race was one of his best of the season. After struggling on Friday and Saturday with set-up on his Fireblade - leaving him twenty-first on the grid, race-day saw him storm through the field to move up to twelfth before the safety car ended the race prematurely.

"The Superstock race was a lot of fun," beamed the Brit afterwards. "We couldn't get things right during qualifying and the boys put in some serious effort on Saturday night to get it sorted. The Fireblade felt completely transformed during Sunday warm-up and I was able to move through the field during the race to finish twelfth. We were on target for an even better finish when the safety car come out and ended things a little early."

The UCL Honda racing programme is yet to be finalised for 2003 but at least one entry in the British Supersport Championship is likely.

 

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