James Westmoreland lifts Riders’ Cup to bring successful MCE British Superbike season to a close for Team WFR

CUP WINNER: Team WFR's James Westmoreland lifted the MCE British Superbike Riders' Cup at Brands Hatch
CUP WINNER: Team WFR's James Westmoreland lifted the MCE British Superbike Riders' Cup at Brands Hatch
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TEAM WFR brought its MCE British Superbike season to a finish by seeing James Westmoreland lift the Riders’ Cup at Brands Hatch on Sunday.

The Hull-born rider secured fourth and sixth-placed finishes in the three-race Round 12 meeting at the famous circuit to lift the cup - for those championship riders outside the top six - despite crashing out in the second race.

Alex Lowes, going for the top-six Showdown title, couldn’t produce a repeat of his stunning double victory at Silverstone in the penultimate round as he failed to finish any of the three races and had to settle for fourth in the overall standings.

He qualified on pole position for the opening race on Saturday but wet conditions saw him crash out when in second place and just seconds before the red flag came out owing to dangerous conditions.

It set the tone for the weekend for the Lincolnshire rider, who retired due to technical problems in the second race and suffered another crash in his final outing of the season.

Despite the mixed fortunes in Kent, the Ossett-based team can still look back on a successful season in the championship, which included adding the Riders’ Cup to its trophy cabinet and claiming maiden British Superbike victories.

Team WFR Managing Director Myles Schofield said: “Obviously I’m a little disappointed to end our season with three DNFs for Alex considering our recent run of form, but at the same time, if you’d told me in back in April that we’d finish fourth in the British Superbike Championship I wouldn’t have believed you so I’m delighted all the same.

“I’m made up for Westy after he narrowly missed out in the Showdown and the championship standings prove that he has been the seventh fastest rider all year, in fact most of the time he’s been getting results higher than that.”

Shane Byrne, of Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki, took the title.

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