News 12 Oct 2009

BSB: Camier bounces back to take Sunday victories at Oulton


Leon Camier enjoyed the victories in the final two races of his MCE Insurance British Superbike championship in association with Pirelli winning campaign at Oulton Park.

That stretched to 19 the record number of victories in the season by the Airwaves Yamaha rider and he enthused: “That was an awesome way to finish the season. It really has been a dream season for me – I could not have asked for anything more.

“I’ve had a strong team around me, and I owe so much to those guys for what they’ve done to help make his all possible for me,” added Camier.

The only disappointment at the Cheshire circuit for Camier was that he had gone into the final showdown hoping to match the winning triple that he had scored at Brands Hatch back in August.

That was denied him by the determined Hydrex Honda riding Stuart Easton who snatched a dramatic last lap victory at Hizzy’s chicane in Saturday afternoon’s race.

The Flying threatened an action replay in the first of Sunday afternoon’s races, again on the last lap, but Camier held him off to take the victory by a split second, reflecting: “I wanted that one.

“It feels awesome as the conditions at the start were not good. Everyone was all over the place, as you could not see where the circuit was wet,” he added.

James Ellison, on the second Airwaves bike ran third ahead of Hydrex Honda’s Tommy Hill and Sylvain Guintoli on the Worx Crescent Suzuki. John Laverty took sixth for Buildbase Kawasaki while Tommy Bridewell, riding the Team NB Suzuki, took the honours in the Cup victory ahead of the champion Gary Mason.

The final race of the campaign was red-flagged as Simon Andrews crashed his MSS Colchester Kawasaki heavily at Cascades, suffering concussion, and when the action resumed Camier took charge.

Hill charged after him with Easton running third ahead of Ellison and Josh Brookes on the HM Plant Honda but on the fifth lap, Easton clipped the kerb at Brittens and tipped off and soon afterwards Ellison was slowing with a machine problem.

Camier maintained his pace, taking the victory by 3.734secs, ahead of Hill with Brookes finishing his season with a third place. Ian Lowry came through in fourth ahead of Guintoli with Julien da Costa sixth.

Bridewell completed a daily double in the Cup as he again headed off Mason with Tom Tunstall taking third place in class.

Steve Plater, with his fourth victory of the season, clinched the Fuchs Silkolene British Supersport title for HM Plant Honda.

Top ten finishers –

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship in association with Pirelli

Race two – 16 laps
Leon Camier (Airwaves Yamaha) 26m 17.122s
Stuart Easton (Hydrex Honda) +0.080s
James Ellison (Airwaves Yamaha) +0.743s
Tommy Hill (Hydrex Honda) +1.953s
Sylvain Guintoli (Worx Crescent Suzuki) +4.042s
John Laverty (Buildbase Kawasaki) +7.721s
Josh Brookes (HM Plant Honda) +8.092s
Michael Rutter (Bathams Ducati) +12.441s
Simon Andrews (MSS Colchester Kawasaki) +15.175s
Glen Richards (HM Plant Honda) +15.328s

Race three – 12 laps
Leon Camier (Airwaves Yamaha) 19m 17.097secs
Tommy Hill (Hydrex Honda) +3.734s
Josh Brookes (HM Plant Honda) +10.904s
Ian Lowry (Relentless Suzuki by TAS) +15.398s
Sylvain Guintoli (Worx Crescent Suzuki) +15.707s
Julien Da Costa (MSS Colchester Kawasaki) +20.009s
Chris Walker (Motorpoint/Henderson Yamaha) +20.967s
Glen Richards (HM Plant Honda) +24.402s
Tommy Bridewell (Team NB Suzuki) +25.830s
Gary Mason (Quay Garage Honda) +26.012s

Final championship standings:
Leon Camier (Airwaves Yamaha) 549.5
James Ellison (Airwaves Yamaha) 413
Stuart Easton (Hydrex Honda) 374
Josh Brookes (HM Plant Honda) 188
Ian Lowry (Relentless Suzuki by TAS) 170