After a stellar start to the season, Bradley Perie and his Appleyard Macadam Yamaha team struggled in tricky conditions at Brands Hatch, whilst Rhys Irwin continued his apprenticeship in the class.
As crowds finally returned in large numbers to BSB there was a strong turn out on the bankings within this natural amphitheatre of the legendary Kent circuit. However, accidents, oil and rain showers made for stop-start, sporadic action.
Brad immediately made his mark on proceedings by going fastest in the very first track session of FP1 whilst Rhys logged 8th (6th in Supersport). He proceeded to take pole with a 1:29.091 time with Rhys lining up on row four.
Saturday’s action was postponed for several hours after a serious accident to long-time Appleyard rider Brad Jones in the Superbike class, with the team in close contact to the injured rider’s family.
The Sprint race was finally started late and run to a shortened nine lap affair but no sooner had it started, the red flag was put out, which was especially frustrating for Brad who was fighting for the lead.
Intermittent rain saw all of Sunday’s Supersport action held in wet conditions. The day started badly for Brad as he slipped off in morning warm up and then again on the opening lap of the revisited Sprint race. Rhys had his best result to date, chalking up fifth in the Supersport rankings with strong late race pace.
The Feature race was again red-flagged, necessitating a short eight lap restart, again to the detriment of Brad who was knocking on the door of a podium position. The short blast re-run was run in the rain and from the off Brad looked uncomfortable in his set-up. Rhys looked happy to be splashing in the puddles and caught his more experienced team mate to swap positions several times. Brad kept his position on the run to the line, so the duo finished P10 &11 (8th and 9th in Supersport)
The pair now sit second and seventh in the points standings respectively.
The riders commented further:
Bradley Perie commented, “I think we had the pace to win both races in the dry but we didn’t have the set-up in the wet, so I didn’t have the confidence to push. We can’t bet on all dry races so I feel we need more wet track time.”
Rhys Irwin added,
“I’ve had a really fun weekend I have to say! I made a good step-up working with Alex and the lads and I don’t think it will be too long before I’m reaching to the podium lads.”