After a very disappointing Silverstone where Andy was unable to start either race due to a fault in the wiring loom, possibly as a result of the Assen accident, Brands hatch was all about securing a podium spot in the overall Championship.
With the Aprilia back on form with a host of new electrical components the team had to be careful to get the right set up to make sure Andy was able to do the necessary to get a top three spot. The first practice was cancelled after two laps due to an oil spillage on track so Qualifying was held over one session on Saturday morning to decide the grid places. Rain over night left the track patchy and tyre choice not easy as the track was drying out. Andy started the session on wets but came in early to change to dry’s but never really got confident to push for a fast time and ended the session back on row ten.
Some more changes were made to the set up for the first race, but, Andy made a mistake on the first lap that dropped him to last place on the opening lap. After settling down he soon pulled through and limited the damage to finish seventh at the flag and maintain third in the championship by one point.
Race two on Sunday saw Andy move up the grid from the lap times he set in race one, and after a strong first lap he was where he needed to be to secure the third place overall. A sensible ride to maintain this result saw Andy circulate on his own for much of the race and hold on to a fifth place finish at the flag but more importantly hold on to third in the Championship.
Andy Said “ It has been a hard season, unfortunately we had four mechanical DNF’s that were not the teams fault at all, this cost us second place overall but I am happy that we did so well and to stand on the overall podium at the highest level in the sport is a great achievement for me and the team. I would like to say thank you to everybody that has helped me this year, I can’t thank everybody enough”
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