The Brands Hatch GP circuit is one of the most awesome tracks on the British Championship trail, especially if you are a young rider having never ridden the track before. For some of the youngsters of the ACU Academy, last weekend was just such a challenge.

In the 125 National Championships, Tommy Bridewell was in his usual dominant form and proved yet again that his mere 14 years are no obstacle to giving far more experienced racers a hard time. Yet again it was veteran Mick Wilcox who was to become the victim of Bridewell's attention - the youngster snapping at his heals for the entire weekend.

After qualifying in a brilliant 4th place, Tommy used his lack of weight and cornering skill to push Wilcox all the way to the end of the race - finishing in a superb 2nd place, less than two one hundredths of a second behind Wilcox.

The result leaves Bridewell in a 3rd position overall in the National Championships.

The R6 Cup proved to be equally exciting with Academy riders' Cal Crutchlow and Kieran Clarke (pictured receiving some advice from Steve Hislop) qualifying first and second respectively.

The race was to be a six-way battle that went all the way to the chequered flag. The battle was so close that a mistake from Crutchlow only two corners from the end robbed him of two places. The final result saw Crutchlow finish 4th with Clarke 5th, putting them 5th and 6th respectively in the Championship.

The ultra-competitive Supersport British Championship event saw current Academy Rider of the Year Tom Sykes, now fully recovered from his Snetterton crash, back in action and with a point to prove.

Sykes set about his task with a good qualifying run which saw him line-up 5th on the grid - ahead of even Red Bull Ducati racer Leon Haslam.

In the race Tom sat on the back of the leading pack and finished a superb 6th as the leading privateer.



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