The East Yorkshire based Ashcourt Racing squad enjoyed a quite momentous, tumultuous first TT campaign, which saw Lee Johnston finally join the TT winners circle.
Consistently near the sharp end of the Supersport timesheets during practice week, Johnston following a solid top 15 placing in the RST Superbike race, produced a quite brilliant display aboard the Ashcourt Yamaha to take the spoils in the opening Monster Energy Supersport encounter.
East Yorkshire is guaranteed a prominent presence at this year’s International Road Races, following the recent confirmation that Lee Johnston will lead the newly formed Ashcourt Racing teams challenge.
Alongside competing on S1000RR BMW’s at TT 2019, the North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix, six times International road race winner Johnston will also pilot in the Supersport encounters at the International events Yamaha’s proven, hugely successful YZF-R6 steed.
Fastest Sidecar newcomers of 2017, the father and son team of Gary Gibson/Daryl Gibson are confirmed to return this May to the Mountain Course, as they aim to build upon their impressive performances from recent TT ventures.
Last June saw the Beverley based duo build and some upon their momentous event debut from 2017, banking series of impressive results.
Beverley racers, James Westmoreland (Dickies British Supersport Championship), Jordan Rushby (Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship), and Peter Founds (rider) (Knutsford) / Adam Christie (passenger) (Beverley) competed in the final rounds of 2018 in their respective championships around the Brands Hatch GP Circuit in Kent.
Beverley racers, Jordan Rushby (Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship), James Westmoreland (Dickies British Supersport Championship), competed in round ten of their respective championships at Oulton Park in Cheshire.
Saturday saw the pairing compete in qualifying, where Rushby placed the Alliance Steel Racing BMW twenty ninth on the grid (1min 41.4secs), while Westmoreland placed the Gearlink Kawasaki eleventh (1min 39.8secs). Later in the day Rushby competed in race one of the weekend run over fourteen laps, with Westmoreland completing the Supersport Sprint race over 12 laps.
Kingston Upon Hull’s Callum Ward enjoyed another consistent Manx GP tenure, as the amiable Yorkshireman continued his accomplished progress around the fabled Mountain Course.
After a turbulent practice week for all competitors, due to persistent inclement weather plus circumstances outside of event organisers control, race week for YZF R6 Yamaha mounted Ward began with the four lap Mylchreests Junior race.
Silverstone hosted round nine of the British Superbike Championship. It took place on the National Circuit following concerns over the GP Circuit surface following the cancellation of the Moto GP.
Saturday saw Beverley racers, Jordan Rushby (Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship), James Westmoreland (Dickies British Supersport Championship), complete qualifying sessions in their respective championships.
Beverley Brothers Sam and Adam Christie competed in round five of the “FIM Sidecar World Championship” at the TT Circuit Assen in the north of Holland. Commonly known as the “Cathedral of Speed” the 4.542 km circuit is a favorite with all racers, fast and flowing.
Arriving in Holland, driver Sam with passenger Adam had a nice surprise before they even took to the track. At a previous meeting at the “Sachsenring” in Germany Sam and Adam finished two races in fourth place.
Round seven of the British Superbike Championship was held around Thruxton, the UK’s fastest circuit, and notoriously known not to be kind to tyre wear.
Saturday saw Beverley racers, Jordan Rushby (Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship), James Westmoreland (Dickies British Supersport Championship), and Sam Christie (Rider) along with passenger Adam Christie (Hyundai British Sidecar Championship) complete qualifying sessions in their respective championships.