Tommy Bridewell claimed his first win of the 2022 Bennetts British Superbike Championship in the final race of the weekend at Oulton Park, fending off his title rivals to become the eighth different victory of the season for Oxford Products Racing Ducati.
The battle for victory in race three became a tussle between four different teams and manufacturers with Bridewell, Glenn Irwin, Lee Jackson and Danny Buchan all in contention.
At the start of the race Glenn Irwin grabbed the lead from Bradley Ray and Jackson with Bridewell and Buchan in formation.
Ray was looking for a move and he dived down the inside at Lodge on the opening lap to take the lead.
Irwin fought back and on lap eight, he reclaimed the position with a move at Lakeside, but Bridewell was through to third and a lap later, he grabbed second position at Old Hall.
The Oxford Products Racing Ducati rider then had Irwin in his sights and he made a decisive move at Lodge to take head the pack.
Bridewell was then holding off Irwin, who was piling on the pressure and as they took the chequered flag there was just 0.089s between them.
In the battle for third place, Jackson and Buchan were trading places for the final spot on the podium. On the penultimate lap, the Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki rider reclaimed third and was able to hold off Buchan to the finish line.
Ray crossed the line in fifth place as Tom Sykes recorded his best result of the season for the MCE Ducati team, maintaining his place ahead of Peter Hickman on the FHO Racing BMW and Josh Brookes, who completed the top eight.
Kyle Ryde had carved his way through the pack from his back row start after his race two crash to finish in ninth place with Danny Kent completing the top ten.
The Championship now heads to Donington Park next weekend for the penultimate round of the season.
Ray heads the standings by 40 points from Bridewell, who surges into second following his victory and double podium finish at Oulton Park this weekend.
Jackson is just eight points adrift of his Ducati rival ahead of him, with Glenn Irwin holding just a further three point deficit.
Jason O'Halloran and Tarran Mackenzie hold fifth and sixth in the standings, with the defending champion sustaining a suspected broken femur following his race two crash. Ryde and Skinner complete the top eight.
Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Oulton Park, Race 3 result:
- Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Products Racing Ducati)
- Glenn Irwin (Honda Racing UK) +0.089s
- Lee Jackson (Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki) +0.222s
- Danny Buchan (SYNETIQ BMW) +0.708s
- Bradley Ray (Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha) +2.024s
- Tom Sykes (MCE Ducati) +2.143s
- Peter Hickman (FHO Racing BMW) +2.390s
- Josh Brookes (MCE Ducati) +4.789s
- Kyle Ryde (Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha) +10.013s
- Danny Kent (Buildbase Suzuki) +10.130s
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Bennetts British Superbike Championship standings:
- Bradley Ray (Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha) 1113
- Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Products Racing Ducati) 1073
- Lee Jackson (Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki) 1065
- Glenn Irwin (Honda Racing UK) 1062
- Jason O'Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) 1048
- Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) 1031
- Kyle Ryde (Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha) 1027
- Rory Skinner (Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki) 1017
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