Season Finale at Brands Hatch

Tyco BMW rider Keith Farmer claimed a brilliant championship win aboard his BMW S 1000 RR in the National Superstock 1000 class, to become four-times British Champion at the 2018 British Superbike Championship finale, held at the iconic Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit. 

The Tyco rider went in to the final round with a narrow 10.5-point lead over title-rival Billy McConnell. An incident-packed wet race guaranteed Farmer the title, when McConnell took an early fall, to crown a successful year in the Superstock class for the Tyco BMW team. 

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Peter Hickman achieved a showdown spot with some scintillating riding in the second-half of the season for Smiths BMW; and went into the last round of the British Superbike Championship with his sights set on a third place finish.

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Having already taken three podium finishes this season, the Isle of Man record-breaker headed in to the triple-header finale on a high, and after topping Friday’s first free practice session, Hickman managed three strong top 10 finishes in difficult conditions. The Smiths rider ended the season in fifth place, just 11 points short of third place in the championship standings. 

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Tyco BMW’s Superbike effort saw Christian Iddon narrowly miss out on a showdown place. Cruel luck and injuries sustained throughout the season left Iddon just five points from showdown contention after the decider at Silverstone in September, despite racing on heroically with a broken collarbone. Missing the following round at Oulton Park, Iddon finished the season strongly, with fourth and fifth place finishes in Sunday’s racing, sealing ninth place in the championship. Michael Laverty finished the season 13th in the standings.

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We certainly don't do things the simple way at Tyco BMW but the end result is the 2018 National Superstock Championship and that will do nicely. "

Philip Neill

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