James Westmoreland Enjoys Some Success At Oulton Park

James Westmoreland Enjoys Some Success At Oulton Park
James Westmoreland Enjoys Some Success At

Beverley racers, (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.

Rushby had a good start in race one making up three places off the start to twenty sixth.  Lap four saw Josh Daley and Rob McNealy make passes on Rushby relegating him back to twenty eighth place.  Lap six to saw him battling with Tom Fisher, James Henry and Daniel Wagstaff, which was resolved by lap nine where came out in twenty ninth place before being caught and passed by Jordan Gilbert on lap thirteen pushing him back to thirtieth where he remained until the chequered flag.

Next up was Westmoreland who maintained position off the start.  He moved up to tenth on lap three due to a mistake by Kyle Ryde.  Lap four to seven he was exchanging places with those around him (Harry Truelove, David Allingham and Jamie Perrin) before settling into seventh.  Next in line to be caught and passed was Josh Owens whom he passed on lap ten to claim sixth place at the chequered flag.

Westmoreland was up first on Sunday for the Supersport feature race held over fifteen laps.  Starting from seventh he made two places up off the, before lap two saw James Rispoli make a pass.  It was shortlived as ‘Westy’ regained the place on lap three.  The safety car was deployed on lap four for an incident before racing resumed on lap six.  Lap nine saw ‘Westy’ make a successful move on Bradley Jones to move himself up into fourth.  Pushing hard he could not make any ground up on those ahead and remained fourth until the chequered flag.

Rushby was up next; starting from thirtieth he made a good start moving up through the field to twenty first.  As the race progressed he started to drop back through the order in what was a race of many retirements with eight rider’s retiring in the first eight laps.  Rushby was pushing hard and eventually settled into twenty fourth place before being caught and passed by Jamie Tibble on the final lap relegating him back to twenty fifth place.

Westmoreland will be in action again on 28-30 September at Assen, with Rushby along with Westmoreland will be at the final round at Brands Hatch on 12-14 October.

Photo by David Holland

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