TEAM WFR geared up for a grandstand finish to their MCE British Superbike season with an impressive performance at the famous Assen circuit in Holland over the weekend.
Two third-place finishes for Alex Lowes ensured he made a brilliant start to his Showdown Title bid while team-mate James Westmoreland remained on-course for the Riders’ Cup.
Both riders travel to Silverstone this weekend for the penultimate round of the Championship looking to maintain their top form - and their chances of silverware.
The Ossett team made the trip across the North Sea for Round 10 of the Championship, the only round on foreign soil, and the first of the three top-six Showdown races to decide the overall winner of the championship.
Lowes had booked his place in the Showdown thanks to fifth and sixth place finishes at Donington last time out and continued his momentum at Assen.
The Lincolnshire rider showcased his pole position potential in free practice and didn’t disappoint when it came to qualifying.
His chances of a podium finish were boosted when reigning champion and Showdown rival Tommy Hill suffered a bizarre accident as the grid was forming and was forced to start half a lap down.
Lowes had problems of his own early on, however, when a disastrous start saw him slip to eighth.
He worked his way back through the pack and was as high as second before settling for third and a place on the podium.
He almost mirrored his performance in Race 2, dropping down to tenth before battling back to secure his second podium finish of a successful weekend.
The double success surged Lowes up to fourth in the standings with two rounds remaining.
“I’m really pleased to be on the podium again and to be fourth in the championship,” he said.
“Even though I was last to make it into the Showdown I didn’t want to come and just make up the numbers. It’ll be tough to beat the likes of Shakey [Shane Byrne] and Josh [Brookes] but I’ll keep riding hard as long as I can to finish the season in the best position possible.”
Lowes’s team-mate Westmoreland also enjoyed a good weekend, securing a brace of eighth-placed finishes to retain his spot in seventh in the standings, and remain on-course for the Riders’ Cup - for riders outside the top six.
Team WFR director Myles Schofield was delighted with the weekend.
He said: “It’s been fantastic to come to Assen and put on such a good show for the fans with two exciting British Superbike races.
“Alex seems to be growing in confidence with every race and James is proving just what a true racer he is with his two performances.
“To have Alex in fourth is outstanding and after such a good start to our Showdown campaign it’s hard not to get carried away, but we’ll just keep working hard and doing everything we can to keep right up there.”
The pair have returned to home soil and will race in the penultimate round of the championship at Silverstone this weekend.
The final round is at Brands Hatch from October 12-14.
It’s a busy weekend for WFR, with their car teams in action in the final round of the British GT Championships at Donington.
Warren Hughes and Jody Fannin have already wrapped up the GT4 class thanks to victory at Silverstone last time out but they’ll be looking finishing in winning fashion.
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