Red Piranha Racing rider Simon Andrews had one of the best rides of his career at the Oulton Park round of the British Supersport championship, which saw him storm through the field to third in a thrilling race.

Andrews was knocked off the front row to fifth during qualifying by a few thousands of a second by Dean Thomas, then got caught up in traffic going into the first corner at the start, dropping him to tenth.

The safety car was brought out around mid-race distance, after Jamie Robinson had a heavy fall, which bunched up the field and allowed the R6 rider the chance he needed to regain track position on his rivals.

With methodical precision, Andrews then picked off rider after rider in the second half of the race before finally taking third on the penultimate lap - a position he defended to the flag.

"The bike felt perfect, right from the go," said Andrews. "I didn't get the best start but once the safety car bunched the field up I knew I could get past everyone. I really like this circuit and it seems to really like me."

"That's got to be the ride of Simon's life," beamed team manager Pete Jennings. "To have come from tenth and pick of each successive rider in such a calculating fashion was just sensational to watch - I've got goose bumps! The whole team are just blown away by his performance."

Simon's second podium of the season sees him tighten his grip on third place in the championship, as attention turns to the next round at Cadwell.

 

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