Tristan stays cool to bring British crown to Todmorden

Tristan Palmer and Todmorden-based THR team left the final Bennetts British Superbike round at Brands Hatch as the newly crowned Superbike Cup Champions.

All the team were excited, but also anxious, on race day as this was the last chance for them to win the championship.

Tristan — who took over the ride for the team after Michael Howarth was sidelined by an early season injury — did not need to win the races to win the championship but, being a very competitive person, he wanted to win the title in style.

He made a poor start to the first race and was running behind his nearest challenger, James Buckingham (Honda), for a few laps. But with 30 laps of the short circuit he had plenty of time to pass him, which he eventually did to win the privateer’s race and the Superbike Cup Championship.

He also finished 14th overall to gain more points in the main championship.

With the Superbike Cup title won, he made a better start in the second race and spent most of it locked in a battle with Simon Andrews (Jentin Yamaha) and Marty Nutt (Virgin Media Yamaha).

He finally got the better of both of them to be top privateer and 15th overall, gaining another point in the Superbike Championship.

Tristan finished the season with 14 wins, three second place finishes and one third place finish. He said: “It’s been a fantastic weekend and a brilliant season for me.

“I have to thank Michael Howarth for giving me the chance to ride the Honda and win the Superbike Cup Championship for the team.

“I’ve been really happy with the team as they’re all so easy to get on with and a lot of fun. Thanks also go to all the sponsors, and a big thanks to my family and Chloe, my girlfriend, for supporting me and always being there for me.

“Special thanks go to Kingy (Steve King) for all his hard work and preparation of the bikes, which gave me so much confidence in them. And thanks to the two Todmorden boys, Laurie, (Walker) who drove the waggon and looked after the tyres, and ‘Dizzy’ (Darren Robinson) the assistant mechanic who both worked for free, and of course Sandra and Darryl Halstead, the team owners, and all the other team members, too numerous to mention.