Qualifying saw him place the Kawasaki ninth on the grid with a 1min 37.2sec lap in the wet after getting into qualifying three for the first of the weekend’s two races.
Having qualified well Westmoreland was swallowed up off the line by those behind, and was soon running down in twentieth place. By lap six of eighteen he had moved up to eighteenth place where he remained until the race was red flagged on the penultimate lap due to rain.
The second of the weekend’s races saw him start from eighteenth but by lap was down in twentieth, with lap nine seeing him pass Martin Jessopp for ninteenth place briefly before Jessopp regained the place on lap ten. By the end of lap ten he had retired due to technical issues.
James said: “It was a really disappointing race day after a very solid weekend. I feel like we have made a big step this weekend but I suffered with a few issues in the races which hindered my progress.
It’s difficult to know what to say because we lost a lot of pace today and it’s hard to pinpoint what exactly happened because I’ve felt so confident all weekend.
I’ll keep positive and aim to be strong at Thruxton. My last Superbike race at Thruxton I was on the podium so I’m going there very motivated.”
He will be in action again on 4th-6th August around the notorious Thruxton circuit in Hampshire.
Photo by David Holland