Tom Neave gets his best-ever finish in British Superbikes
Tom Neave and the Honda Racing UK team secured his best-ever finish aboard the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP in the first Bennetts British Superbike feature race of the weekend with a fighting eighth-place finish.
Tom turned around what was a frustrating weekend to start with into his best performance in the championship series to date, with a determined ride and a never give up attitude. He started the race from twentieth place on the grid and set about pushing forwards with fast and consistent lap times. At the time of the safety car on lap thirteen, he was running in thirteenth and closing in on those in front of him.
As the race resumed with five laps to run, the riders had bunched together and Tom seized his opportunities to rise another five places resulting in his eighth-place finish, a remarkable twelve places higher than his qualifying position.
Andrew Irwin's difficult weekend continued with a lap two crash at the Old Hairpin causing his second DNF of the event.
For the final race of the weekend, riders Tom and Andrew would start the race from twelfth and seventeenth respectively. Tom would finish the race with another points-scoring ride to fourteenth after a moment on the brakes dropped him back to twentieth at one point.
Andrew meanwhile launched off the line and gained several positions in the early laps to run as high as twelfth before he was involved in an almost identical incident to the Sprint race the day prior. Andrew was declared at fault for the incident, which he does not dispute. He was awarded three penalty points and has a three-place grid penalty at the next race. He will look to refocus ahead of the next round at Knockhill.
The team now heads back to the roads for this year's Isle of Man TT races, 29th May - 10th June, before returning to BSB for the next round at Knockhill, 16th - 18th June.